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20 Best Flea Markets in Germany

Best Flea Market in Leipzig (SAXONY)

Flea Market at the Alte Leipziger Messe

Upon entering the premises of the Alte Leipziger Messe, the first thing visitors notice is the oversized “Double M”, the emblem of the former Leipzig Exhibition Square back in the days of the German Democratic Republic.

This pretty well sets the tones for this unusual venue. Directly pass this symbol belonging to a long gone era and behind the impressive backdrop of the People’s Palace (now called the Pantheon), numerous interesting events unravel both indoors and outdoors, in the background.

© Turnvater Janosch Double-M - Leipzig Trade Fair (Leipziger Messe)

Needless to say that this venue is already by itself an interesting tourist attraction. Add a flea market to it and you have a winner. The legendary Flea Market at the Alte Leipziger Messe traditionally takes place each 1st Sunday of the month between March and November, mostly on the outdoor area.

Approximately 50 to 100 exhibitors sell used items of all kind, as well as genuine antiques. Those who want to experience the typical flea market atmosphere of Saxony, should not miss that opportunity, and rush to the Alte Leipziger Messe.

Quality, not Quantity

This flea market is one of the most visited in the region, though not necessarily the biggest. While it is generally accepted that only second-hand goods, antiques and vintage are traded there, it is possible to also find more “modern” items.

However, the focus of the Flea Market at the Alte Leipziger Messe remains centered on second-hand furniture and nostalgic memorabilia from the German Democratic Republic era.

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Professional dealers and private sellers gather to offer one of the most versatile exhibition of second-hand products. Paraphernalia and attic finds, old and new, “as is” or restored: everything is traded there. Old postcards, antique dolls and used toys, gilt-framed landscape paintings, vintage accessories & furniture, Shaggy Teddy Bear, Collectibles

The Alte Leipziger Messe Flea Market is characterized by its mix of products. That’s why it is generally accepted that dealers who want to participate to the flea market, should offer something that stands out from the rest by its scarcity and value.

Specially dedicated to enthusiasts and collectors

The Flea Market at the Alte Leipziger Messe is known for the rarity & quality of its merchandises, as well as for the bargains which can be made by flea market enthusiasts and antique experts alike. The kitsch and nostalgic factor is not missing though, and that’s a great thing: whether records of old East German pop groups, rare porcelain or cult objects from the period of the Berlin Wall, real “retro” gems await to be discovered.

Therefore, it is necessary to keep an open mind and a relatively wide search range to discover one of the coveted or long-forgotten pieces.

Besides the kitch and nostalgic memorabilia, there is also an interesting offer of home furnishing accessories and furniture: from the 60s upholstered chair to the antique secretary, a colorful variety of used furniture await its new owners.

Flea Market at the Alte Leipziger Messe
Opening times: 08: 00-15: 00
Address: Old Fairgrounds, 04103 Leipzig (bus lines 70 and 74)
http://www.leipzig-leben.de/antikmarkt-alte-messe-leipzig/

18 comments

  1. Stu

    Hey are you going to Munich on April 18th? I live in Vienna and am thinking of making a last minute trip to find some old video games. Hit me up if you’d like an extra to help with petrol costs :P

    • Servas Stu! Thanks for stopping by and asking! Unfortunately this year we won’t be going to Munich’s Riesenflohmarkt Frühlingsfest, as we’ll be traveling to France on the same weekend. But if you wish we can post a message on our FB page to ask if anyone in Vienna is going, and would be able to take you with :) Let me know

  2. Jaehong Woo

    hi. i have one question… in this fleamarket, are there old violins to be repaired? please advise me where i can find old violins and bows… thanks

  3. alice

    hey do you have to be a german native to sell sdomething in flea market and are there abny fee tha one has to pay to be allowed to sell their old stuff?

  4. alice

    hey do you have to be a german natuve to sell something in the flea market and are there any fee that one has to pay to be allowed to sell their old stuff?

    • Hi Alice, regulations change from one flea market to the other one. So I’d advise that you get in touch with the organizers of the flea market where you wish to sell. I’ve never heard anything about being a German national to be allowed to sell at a flea market. So you should be able to sell there too!

  5. I will have time for only one flea market in Munich. Which one is the best for vintage and antique decorative items, vintage Christmas decorations, household, etc. items. We aren’t interested in junk, new stuff, toys (unless vintage), clothes, records, etc.
    Thanks for the recommendation!
    Merri

  6. Ciao, ti ringrazio per tutte queste info preziosissime, la mia domanda però è questa, a Monaco in quale di questi mercatini è più facile trovare porcellane vintage? Sono alla ricerca di vecchi servizi da tea o piatti della manifattura bavarese. Nei vari link vedo sempre cianfrusaglie, libri, lampade ma mai porcellane. Le troverò anche in questi Mercatini? Oppure c’è un mercato apposito? Io visiterò Monaco e Fussen (romantique strasse), hai notizie di qualcosa di specifico dove possa trovare le mie amate porcellane vintage? Grazie in anticipo

  7. Andy Greetham

    I am looking to come to Germany to look for old toys and wondered which show would be the best to visit especially interested in soft toys?

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