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Trinkets, rings and once-loved things, Brighton is brimming with vintage and upcycled wares. Visitors come from miles around to explore these taste-makers’ collections. For weekend pickers, or weekday browsers, here’s our list for the best flea markets in the city.
A local market since the 20s, the redevelopment of Brighton Open Market was part of a push to reenergise the London Road area. Since opening in May 2014, the covered market has gone from strength to strength as a community hub, with over 40 diverse trading stalls, like Brighton favourite Real Patisserie and furniture shop Objet d’Art. It also hosts a rich selection of events, including a starring role in this May’s Brighton Fringe Festival with its Fairy Tale Fair.
The words ‘bric-a-brac’ and ‘bits-n-bobs’ have never described anywhere as aptly as Snoopers Paradise. Sprawling over 7000 square feet, Snoopers is not for the faint-hearted flea browser. Each stall hosts specially-curated curios – and there’s much to draw the eye – from antique lampshades to yellowed viewfinder slides to earthenware to niche early 20th century ironmongery. The first floor features its very own independent maker’s workshop, Snoopers Attic – easily one of the best vintage boutiques in Brighton.
Dialling into Brighton’s bohemian vibe, the Kemptown Trading Post features antique clothing, furniture and jewellery as well as upcycled goods. Co-owners (and partners) Hervé and Georges have recently given the Trading Post a Kemptown face lift, incorporating the café, Cup of Joe. There’s even a nail bar, for when the credit card’s finished flexing.