ALTERNATIVE SHOPPING IN BARCELONA
Everybody loves shopping – whether they will admit it or not. Buying something for ourselves (or as a gift for others) is a human pleasure that originated since the dawn of our beginning. Whether it be taking home that great new pair of fancy shoes, or even something bigger like a flatscreen TV – the sensation of spoiling ourselves is addictive. However the sensation only last for a short while, until you have to buy something new to replenish the sensation. This is where buying antiques or even second hand goods becomes a whole new shopping experience : Buying something that has a history, a life of its own. Something that could tell a milion tales, had it the ability to talk! This has much longer lasting value and for many people holds a very real and eternal sense of owning a piece of history.
If you consider yourself an “antiques collector”, or even if you just like to go treasure-hunting, you have two great options to do so in Barcelona :
SECOND HAND MARKET:
Taking place on Plaza Catalunya every Saturday between 10 am – 2 pm, this market offers a great opportunity to purchase or trade second hand goods. If you know your history, you might even pick up a great bargain or two!
Every Tuesday from 9 am – 6 pm during the months of January – June, and from September to December, you will find the Antiques fair, taking place on Plaza Sarriá in Sant Gervasi (Ferrocarils stop “Reina Elisenda”. This outdoor market is a great way to find and purchase a piece of history. They have a contact number if you have any questions: 933 171 996
ELS ENCANTS MARKET:
Last but not least, the largest and most popular flea market in Barcelona takes place Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 08.30am at Plaza de les Glories Catalanes (Metro stop Glories). One can find all sorts of items (old and new), ranging from cosmetics to power tools and everything in between. There is an antiques auction that starts at 07.00 and again at 12.00 when all unsold items are sold at a lower price.