A Japanese legend says objects, after a hundred years, become tsukumogami - in other words objects with a soul that can have positive or negative essences. Who knows how many stories intersect at those incredible places that are flea markets!

 

During these last years, passion for second-hand items, also known as vintage, has increased everywhere thus making the fortune of little, forgotten shops and of flea markets. This is a nice alternative for those who boycott fashion and collect unique pieces with a special or bizarre personal taste, or simply love meeting with people.

 

Moreover, buying second-hand items is part of those good norms of the green policy so talked about these days. Here are some suggestions on where to find some.

Fiera di Sinigaglia (Sinigaglia Market)

On Saturdays, from 8:00 to 18:00

 

The history of the Milanese vintage shopping was made here. If you are traditionalists, there are no other markets like this one. It was set for the first time at the end of the nineteenth century. Here, it is possible to find almost everything: designer clothes and trinkets, very old postcards, collectors' vinyls and stylish necklaces with a rave culture flair.

Customers belong to various categories: from old punksters to Russian models, young trappers, ladies covered in magnificent jewellery. There is everything for all budgets, market branches and types of consumers. This market does not leave anyone unsatisfied. 

Naviglio Grande antiques market

Last Sunday of each month

 

This market takes place once per month along the Naviglio Grande, from the Darsena to Via Valenza, with different stands which sell jewelry, glasses, paintings, clocks and watches. Prices are not so convenient, but merchants are professional artists, artisans and vintage collectors.

If you go to this market, you will feel like you are making a jump into the past - this dive into the vintage atmosphere makes it possible to relive the old Naviglio atmosphere.

 

East Market Shop

Once per month (check openings out on their official website)

 

East Market moved to this new big location after leaving their historical site in the Lambrate district. Here, dresses mix with accessories, jewellery, vinyls, old professional cameras, plates, furniture pieces, posters and trinkets of all kinds. Everything is organized methodically in several stands and each counterculture becomes a mass symbol. From stand to stand, try some street food. This is also a perfect place to take some new pictures to post on Instagram.

Mercatino Penelope (Penelope Flea Market)

From Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10:00 to 19:00; on Sundays from 15:00 to 19:30. Closed on Mondays.

 

This is a sort of land of toys with armchairs, lamps, bookshelves and all useful materials pieces of furniture for your house. This is also a cozy corner to make good deals.

Tra noi e voi flea market

From Mondays to Saturdays from 10:30 to 00:30 / from 15:30 to 19:30, on Monday from 10:30 to 19:30. 

 

Arm yourselves with time and patience. This market located in the old basement of a big building in the Repubblica area looks like Alice’s White Rabbit’s Hole. Mirrors giving back your reflection all over the place, chairs from the 70s, solid dressers which seem to come out directly from the set of Little House on the Prairie, Coca Cola glasses next to first-rate crystals, bar carts and some bizarre sunglasses. 

This is what you can expect when you enter this “parallel reality” with a ‘70s’ taste.