Mercat del Encants
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.
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.
Rastro de la Virgen
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.
Dominical de Sant Antoni
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.
Lost & Found
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.
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.
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.