On every Saturday of the year, plus the occasional Sunday, more than 500 vendors set up their stalls at the Elbe riverside next to Albert Bridge for the popular Elbeflohmarkt. Private sellers stand shoulder to shoulder with retailers and offer everything from kitsch to antiques. Treasure hunting is a great way to spend the weekend in Dresden, even in winter, and you’ll be surprised by the amount of curiosities, antique jewellery and furniture and porcelain figures people store in their basements.
In the summer months, more treasures and less kitsch is available in the art, antique and flea market at the Haus der Presse. In winter, the event moves into the sheltered halls of the Neustädter Markthalle. But year-round, antique books, handicrafts and paintings fill the stands. The sale of new things is prohibited, which lifts the item on sale to a certain standard, but farmers and vegetable and fruit vendors are welcome.
Attention, ladies! Once a month, the Dresden exhibition centre turns into a shopping paradise for girls and women. The ladies’ fashion market is a great place to snatch a bargain and fill your wardrobe with new fashionable items, from top brands and designer clothes to vintage pieces, bags and purses, accessories and shoes, as well as cosmetics and perfume. It’s four euros to get in, but a ticket gets you a free shopping bag and a glass of prosecco.
Handmade stuff is in fashion. Twice a year, usually in April and November, some 200 crafty people set up shop in the halls of Dresden’s exhibition centre for the Handgemacht market. Vendors present handmade jewellery, illustrations, ceramics, toys, furniture, beauty products, fashion and more. It’s an excellent event for individualists and creatives who like to browse and shop unique items or actively get involved in one of the mini-workshops. It’s five euros to enter.
Music fans regularly flock to the Alter Schlachthof venue in the Leipziger Vorstadt district when the historical events space opens its doors for the Schallplattenbörse, a second-hand market for vinyl records. Classical music, punk, hardcore, folk hits, R&B or techno – fans of all genres have the opportunity to complete their collection and browse for rarities.
If your passion is with films rather than records, the annual Filmbörse market at the Ufa-Kristallpalast cinema might be your thing. The event is perfect for those who, in times of Netflix and Amazon Prime, still want to expand their DVD collection and browse classics, blockbusters and chick-flicks. Apart from the actual films, everything from posters, books and magazines to autographs by Hollywood stars and starlets are up for grabs.
The bi-annual Hossenscheisser-Flohmarkt at Dresden’s exhibition centre is the top address for second-hand baby and kids clothes, toys, furniture, strollers and everything else parents might need for their little ones. Food and drinks are available on the premises, and a cover charge of three euros applies to everyone older than 12.