A good mix of professional sellers and private people make the Alte Messe in Leipzig an incredibly versatile market, known for its high-quality and rare finds. Whether you’re looking for old postcards, dolls and toys, vintage jewellery, accessories or collectibles, it’s all here on the first Sunday of every month. If your suitcase is big enough, you might just find that perfect bit of furniture your room has been waiting for.
According to their Facebook page, HinrichSINNdreißig is ‘a shop for: old, new, new from old, the unusual curiosities and inspiration’. Just across the street from the Museum der bildenden Künste in the centre of town. The shop is uncluttered and the stock curated for its visual beauty as well as its value.
HinrichSINNdreißig – Katharinenstraße 11, Leipzig, Germany, +49 341 30 89 43 63
A family business that gets most of its stock from estate sales, Antik & Trödel Schramm specialises in household goods and smaller pieces like old toys, porcelain and ceramics, jewellery, gold and silver. Furniture is available as well, as are rarities and novelties from the GDR.
Antik & Trödel Schramm, Lützner Straße 31, Leipzig, Germany, +49 341 8620438
Touted as one of the largest flea markets in Europe, the Antik- und Trödelmarkt auf der Agra Leipzig offers a great experience for locals as well as tourists. One weekend a month, the Agra exhibition centre in Leipzig/Markkleeberg hosts a large indoor antique and flea market, where close to 1,000 traders put up their stalls with antiques, furniture and all manner of other delights.
Agra Antique Market, Alte Str. 18 Leipzig, Germany, +49 341 333 84 33
This is Craigslist for Germany, and just like its American cousin, there is a lot of junk to sift through before getting to the good stuff. Still, it’s free to use and easy to set alerts for specific items. Germans aren’t big on negotiating the price when you show up to collect the item, so it’s best to offer your best price in any communication before showing up to someone’s house.
Right up against the Thomaskirche in central Leipzig, Anitiquitäten is your source for bronze statues of beagles standing over dead deer, metal car and tractor toys from the 1950s, mirrored trays, mother-of-pearl coasters and burled walnut secretaires. The items are legit antiques and usually made of fine material.
Antiquitäten, Burgstraße 1-5 Thomaskirchhof, Leipzig, Germany, +49 341 9606383
Located in the south of the city, near the Leipzig MDR S-Bahn station, this little shop offers quality jewellery pieces, particularly those made from gold. Jewellery tends to fit a little better in the suitcase than, say, a Biedermeier wardrobe. The shop also has vintage camera equipment, old medical equipment and some war memorabilia.
Just a hundred metres from the main market square in town, Antiquitäten Wendt im Fregehaus specializes in Jugendstil jewellery (silver, pearls, amber) as well as high-quality fashion jewellery, porcelain and other suitcase-sized ephemera. The Jugendstil period, which ran from about 1890-1910 is known to English speakers as Art Nouveau.