6 Tips for Flea and Craft Markets

6 Tips for Flea and Craft Markets

Do you know where to get an old painting, handmade pottery, or a designer skirt?

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It is getting warmer, and so the season for traditional markets has come! Historically, a market used to be a place where you could buy anything you wanted, learn about the latest news, and meet your friends. Today, the situation is a bit different: we usually go to the market to get in touch with history or to buy high-quality handmade craft products. Flea markets, where you can pick out second-hand goods, are not as popular in the Czech Republic due to the country’s unique historical development, but we can still give you some tips on which markets to go to for the best experience.

Flea Markets in Prague

Markets with used items of various origins are still a novelty for the people of Prague. You won’t find a traditional flea market in the capital as you typically might in other European cities. But you can go to the U Elektry area in Prague Vysočany where there are dozens of people selling all kinds of things between 6 am and 2 pm every Saturday. You can find anything there, from grandma’s old alarm clock to jewellery just waiting to be rediscovered. The UmTrh offers a completely different concept: it takes place at a different place in the centre of Prague almost every weekend, but most often at Malostranské Square or in front of the Rudolfinum. There you can find original contemporary art and get absorbed in the creative atmosphere. The third major market to go to in Prague is the Real Flea Market. It also takes place on the weekends and at different locations. You can go through the clothes and old vinyl records at the Žižkov Railway Depot, which no longer houses trains but artists instead, or at the Avoid Floating Gallery, anchored on the boardwalk below Rašínovo nábřeží.

Antique Fair (11–14 April)

A traditional antique market takes place at the New Town Hall in Prague twice a year, once in spring and again in autumn. About 70 exhibitors from all over the Czech Republic present their goods. The theme of the spring antique fair is ‘Art and Kitsch’: where is the line between them? And is it influenced by contemporary tastes? The fair is organised by the Czech Antique Dealers’ Association, so you can rest assured that all the items are originals and their origins can be easily traced. There is an admission fee.

Pottery Market in Beroun (4–5 May and 7–8 September)

The pottery market in Beroun, west of Prague, takes place twice a year, in spring and in autumn. You can find the work of dozens of small-business owners, designers, and artisans who work with pottery. There are also stands with good food and beverages. Come to the celebration of this ancient craft on Beroun’s square!

MINT Markets

These are designer markets with original fashion, jewellery, accessories, and delicacies. The markets take place in various cities in the Czech Republic: Hradec Králové (28 April), Třeboň (11 May), Pardubice (1 June), and Třebíč (8 June).
A MINT Market will also stir up the first and second floors of the Brno Market Hall at the Vegetable Market on 18 May. And what will you be able to find at this incarnation of MINT? The two building floors will provide space to about 80 vendors with a wide range of fashionable outfits, designer jewellery, artisan cosmetics, and tasty delicacies. You can support non-profit organisations and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the newly reconstructed premises while listening to music played by selected DJs. The admission is free.

Summer Dyzajn Market in Prague (25 – 26 May)

The largest and most visited design market in the Czech Republic, where you take in original work and design as you do some shopping, takes place on Václav Havel Square next to the National Theatre in Prague four times a year. The admission is free and wheelchair-accessible. There is a music programme and accompanying creative activities and theatre performances for children. The market is known for always bringing something new and original. Each edition focuses on various topics, such as fashion shows, workshops for adults, art exhibitions, music festivals, or charitable programmes.

Farmers’ Fair in Holašovice (26–28 July)

The small village of Holašovice, a UNESCO site in South Bohemia, organises a historic summer folk fair with examples of traditional crafts from all over the Czech Republic and abroad. Discover what our ancestors could do among the painted house gables on the village square, and buy some traditional handmade articles. You can choose from pottery, leather products, wicker products, bobbin lace, woven products, knives, and metalwork.