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The 3 Must-Visit European Flea Markets for Rare and Unique Finds!

Product designer Laurine is always on the hunt to find that one item that sparks your home!

In this article, she shares 3 of the most memorable Unique European flea markets she visited!

girl with leather jacket on outdoor flea market

Reuse to reduce

All of Cake's items are produced in limited runs to eliminate waste and emissions.

We also hand-craft many of our items which is not only kinder to the environment but also allows us to ensure quality and pass a little bit of extra care onto you.

To founder Laurine, the joy of "junking" comes not only from great finds but also from that moment you figure out how to breathe new life into old pieces.

We share 3 Flea Market Tips! You would think that after scouring so many flea markets, we would know where to find the best items. But the great thing about flea markets is that there is always a gem, if you look hard enough. Here we share a few of our favorite places to feel the joy of junking!

1. Paris, France Les Puces flea market in Paris is the largest of its kind in the world and is brimming with vintage and antique treasures. Sprawling antiques & vintage street market with around 2,500 sellers, open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Ashanti figure Japanese wooden figure block print tool

2. Lisbon, Portugal Every Saturday and Tuesday morning locals and visitors flock to Lisbon’s most entertaining flea market Mercado de Santa Clara, located in the historic district of Alfama in Lisbon, to hunt for bargains and curiosities. This bustling market offers a vast array of products ranging from fresh produce to vintage items and antiques.

Strolling through the market's narrow aisles, visitors can sample traditional Portuguese foods, browse unique handmade crafts, and experience the lively energy of the market's vendors and shoppers. With its rich history and vibrant atmosphere, the Mercado de Santa Clara is a true gem of Lisbon, offering an authentic and unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

Thai wooden object Arne Tjomsland eskimo bird painted on tile

At this flea market, I bought this wooden Inuit depicted above, and brought it home.

On arrival, I found out it was a rare vintage design from Norway's leading designer in the 1950s and '60s, Arne Tjomsland!

How lucky to have found that amongst so many items on this immense flea market!

The leather string, unfortunately, didn't stand the test of time. But after returning home the twist tie was replaced with a new leather string, like the original design.

Arne Tjomsland eskimo

3. Hamburg, Germany Flohschanze, one of Hamburg's favorite flea markets, takes place every Saturday. Watch the video below to see what you can expect from an afternoon of wandering through the flea market.

flea market video

How to make your home unique

Your home should be the place where you can be your most authentic self.

It's where you spend time with family, friends, and loved ones.

Adding antiques, artwork, flea market finds, and decorations can really bring a room together and make your home unique. But decorating your home can be a daunting task! Read our home decor tips that will help you decorate and make your home unique.

line drawing on cushion screen print in frame of a truck shadow play art print

Cake is a lifestyle brand offering unique homewares and accessories that celebrate culture and individuality. Founder Laurine Brugman designs products that withstand trends and fads - creating timeless pieces that you’ll treasure forever.

We’re passionate about preserving traditional crafts and passing on a little bit of love with our hand-made items. All of our items are produced in limited runs to eliminate waste and ensure quality.


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