London most definitely is a capital of secondhand booksellers or any other secondhand dealers for that matter. For the most part, it's because some people easily give up things they don't fancy anymore while others readily admit they could still make good use of them. Haggling over second hand goodies goes on in numerous locations around London, mostly unmarked on maps and search untraceable on Google.com. Even if you have stumbled upon information about some of these car boot sales as locals have dubbed them, finding a certain market and a parking-lot hybrid might still take time and efforts. Exploration of car boot sales or flea markets requires a particular attitude, too. Best of all perceive it as an exciting adventure that's definitely going to result in digging up something appealing and valuable. A belief shared both by general public and antiquarians and connoisseurs of the field is that flea markets are like a real chest of hidden treasures. Be open-minded and the right things will surely reach you!
Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane market was formed in the 17th century as a fruit and vegetable market yet now has turned into the most popular hipsters' gathering spot. Brick Lane is also home of London's Bengali and Bangladeshi communities, locally dubbed Banglatown.
At Brick Lane market, sellers don't have to pay more than just a symbolic parking-lot fee, attracting therefore new faces every Sundays. Speaking of sellers, they can be divided into two categories. There are those who probably rotate among various markets, purposefully searching for goods to sell, e.g., picking up particular items at the street-sides. You can come across truly unique pieces this way, like a talking moneybox in the shape of Darth Vader from the Star Wars saga, later on made available at the flea market just for one pound. Elsewhere, especially in the USA, it would take some serious bidding at internet auction to gain something like this. Others shape their offer collecting leftover goods from stores and rummaging through garbage containers. And someone else perhaps is selling stolen stuff as well.
At Brick Lane you will find fabric stores selling fine Indian sari silks, trendy boutiques offering selected vintage garments and heaps of useless junk as well. Even single shoes, for example!
My greatest Brick Lane trophy is cute, turquoise-color Japanese boots with a separate compartment for the big toe, obtained just for 4 £.
Brick Lane, E1 6PU
Photo by: © Paul Dodson 2011
Keywords: market, markets, flea market, London