Some say there’s a skill in it, but generally, it’s pot-luck when it comes to finding a true bargain at a flea market or thrift store. While ‘vintage’ clothes and furniture stores are often overpriced, you are more likely to find that hidden gem at a market or second-hand shop. As an out-of-towner, though, you might not always know where to go, so to aid in your quest for treasure, Culture Trip has compiled a list of the best places to visit for a bargainous rummage in Mallorca.
Consell Flea Market
The largest and most established second-hand market on the island, the Sunday flea market at Consell is vast, with seemingly endless sellers touting household junk, toys, antiques, plants, books, and much more. Well worth a visit, and if you like a rummage and a haggle, there are some real bargains, and hidden gems, to be found amongst the piles of junk. If your budget allows, there are also a couple of excellent (but pricey) warehouse-style vintage furniture shops on the edge of the market. There is a large car park, but it gets very busy; therefore, it’s best to get there early (vendors start packing up at 1 pm). A couple of cafés, some barbeque and bakery stalls make for useful pit-stops when you need to replenish your energy before continuing your hunt.
Rastro Market, Palma de Mallorca
Every Saturday in the warmer months, Palma de Mallorca’s flea market takes place on Avinguda Gabriel Alomar i Villalonga. To be fair, there are more stalls selling cheap new goods than there are selling second-hand items, but there are still a few vendors selling their old junk and household knick-knacks – if you look hard, you may just find yourself some gems. The market picks up pace as summer approaches, and in high season, it does get busy with tourists who stumble across the market while walking towards the beach. The market runs from 8 am to 2 pm, and parking is tricky; it’s best to park nearby and walk.
SÈRIE B, Palma de Mallorca
An Aladdin’s cave of retro wonders, SÈRIE B, in Palma’s old town is fairly small, but jam-packed full of vintage objects, furniture, and second-hand clothes. An enjoyable and colourful place to look around, the selection of clothes is limited, but there is an incredible assortment of lighting, glassware, clocks, and other household items. Mirrors and vintage posters and charts adorn the walls, and in amongst the random objects lies an eclectic array of retro toys. A big bonus is that the website is excellent, and you can purchase online. Their Instagram is certainly worth following too.
SÈRIE B, Carrer de Can Escursac, 14, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain, +34 871 57 22 82
Fundació Deixalles, Manacor
The Fundació Deixalles is a non-profit organisation collecting donations of used clothes, books, toys and furniture for re-sale in their fundraising shops. In workshops providing jobs and training for those who might otherwise be excluded from gainful employment, employees repair and restore or, in the case of clothes, customise and re-work items. The foundation has various shops throughout the island, and the one in Manacor is particularly good. It’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for second-hand clothes (especially kids’ stuff), toys, bric-a-brac and small pieces of furniture. Their excellent website details the various shops, and there are also warehouses in other parts of the island selling larger items of furniture. It’s a perfect opportunity to grab yourself a bargain while making a socially conscious contribution at the same time.
Marratxi Flea Market
Marratxi Flea Market is smaller and less established than the one at Consell, but it also runs on a Sunday morning. It’s a bit more car boot sale than vintage treasure trove, but that’s not to say you won’t strike gold. Stalls stretch out on Carrer Conradors in the industrial estate, with lots of vendors selling new kitchenware, watches, and other cheap imports, as well as the obligatory mountains of second-hand clothes and toys. If you like a challenge, or you know what you’re looking for, and are willing to rake through piles of stuff to find it, then it’s worth a trip. You never know what you’re going to find under that pile of odd shoes!
QUINT, Palma de Mallorca
Not somewhere you would stumble across as a tourist – QUINT, on Calle de Blanquerna, is a great vintage and second-hand clothing store about a 20-minute walk from the heart of Palma’s old town. Prices are reasonable, the owner is very friendly, and the selection is pretty good. If you’re looking for the perfect, vintage Hawaiian shirt, then this is the place for you – they have an excellent and authentic selection, as well as rails and rails of other vintage items.
QUINT, Carrer de Blanquerna, 48, 07003 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain, +34 871 95 46 66