7 Flea Markets and Thrift Stores in Barcelona

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Tara Jessop

Whether you’re looking for retro furniture or pre-loved fashion, Barcelona has got you covered. If you want to browse every week, once a month, on a weekday, or just admire a hundreds-year-old market in itself, there is guaranteed to be something in the city for you. These are some of the best second-hand stores and markets in and around Barcelona.

1. Mercat del Encants

Market

This is the largest second-hand market in Barcelona and one of the oldest in Europe, as it dates back to the 14th century. In 2013 it was given a new home at the foot of the Agbar Tower near Poblenou and holds around 500 stalls. At the Mercat del Encants you can find everything from rare antiques to junk-shop style gadgets, books and clothing. The market is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with longer opening hours during the summer.

Mercat del Encants, Carrer de los Castillejos, 158, Barcelona, Spain

The Encants Market in Barcelona © Luisa/Flickr

2. Flea Market

Market

Founded in 2007, the Flea Market is part of a new generation of second-hand markets who are firm believers in the old saying “one man’s garbage is another man’s gold.” There are actually two markets organized by Flea Market: Fleadonia, which takes place every first Sunday of the month in El Raval, and El Flea, which takes place once a month near Drassanes metro stop.

3. Rastro de la Virgen

Market

The Rastro de la Virgen is a monthly second-hand sale organized by the members of the now defunct La Virgen cultural center, famous for being one of the best places for live music in the city before it was shut down by the local council. The spirit of La Virgen lives on in this friendly, community-spirited market which takes place every first Saturday of the month in El Raval.

Rastro de la Virgen, Carrer de la Verge, 10, Barcelona, Spain

4. Dominical de Sant Antoni

Market

If you’re interested in second-hand books, comics, postcards and newspapers then be sure to check out the Mercat de Sant Antoni on a Sunday where you can find old and antique material. The market is currently undergoing renovation and has been moved to a stretch of the street Comte d’Urgell, which is closed off for the occasion every Sunday.

Mercat de Sant Antoni, Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, 1, Barcelona, Spain

Books at Sant Antoni market © mingusmutter/Flickr

5. Lost & Found

Market

This is another recent addition to the second-hand market scene in Barcelona and traders here tend to specialize in vintage fashion and accessories, although you can also find books, interior décor items, and records. Depending on the time of year, Lost & Found is either organized outside by the Moll de la Fusta near the Barceloneta, or inside the Estación de Françia.

Lost & Found, Estación de Francia, Av. del Marquès de l’Argentera, Barcelona, Spain

6. Mercantic

Market, Spanish

Located just outside Barcelona in the town of Sant Cugat, Mercantic is a large, permanent market dedicated to antiques, vintage and retro fashion, furniture, and more. The market covers some 160,000 square feet (15,000 square meters) inside an old warehouse and includes a bar, bookshop, and live music corner which can all be accessed within 15 minutes by train from Barcelona.

7. Humana

If you like making your money count towards a good cause, Humana is a charity shop which sells second-hand clothes and accessories to support the work of their NGO. There are various stores across Barcelona, including in El Raval, Sant Antoni, and Eixample, which take donations as well – and offer you a 10 percent discount on purchases in store when you do.

Humana, Av. del Paraŀlel, 85, Barcelona, Spain

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