The term flea market dates back to the early 1900s and comes from the French marche' aux puces, a name originally given to a market in Paris which specialized in shabby second-hand goods of the kind that might contain fleas particularly in upholstered items. Ok, GROSS right? Thankfully flea markets have evolved with the ages and are some of the best bargain hunting places to find one of a kind treasures around the world.
I actually had the opportunity to go back to London after nearly 30 years last Thanksgiving. It was a postponed graduation gift for my oldest daughter. We both agree that the London markets, of which there are at least one every day, were at the top of our memories along with the usual site seeing suspects. And the Brits have literally mastered the art of haggling.
Here at Blue House Antiques and Fine Events, we are huge fans of flea markets! The thrill of getting up before the sun to beat the crowds and summer heat almost rivals the thrill of snagging a great deal. North Texas is home to some of the best and well-known flea markets in the country. The grand daddy of them all is Canton First Mondays flea market which begins the weekend (Thursday actually) before the first Monday of every month in Canton, Texas about an hour and a half east of Dallas. Dealers from around the country come to set up shop and sell their goods to eager buyers hoping to land a great deal on a unique or not so unique item. Tip: get out of the Arbors to get the cool stuff at the best prices, and unless you are into Christmas crafts November and December can be a bit disappointing.
You don't have to drive so far to find other decent flea markets right around the DFW area. In fact, we just showed at our first flea market in Dallas on October 30 at City View Antique Mall's Back Lot Flea. This takes place twice a year and the dealers in the mall also participate by dropping their prices by at least 20 percent. This was quite an interesting experience, and we made some new friends along the way. The most fun was the cast of characters that flooded in to haggle their way through the booths in the back parking lot. Our fave was the elderly woman who looked as though she just came from water aerobics with a swim cap and bathrobe/cover up on and slippers! :) She pretty much stayed all day and didn't purchase a thing, but she was super happy to be there.
Some other flea markets to check out can be found in this great article published by CBSDFW online at on http://dfw.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-flea-markets-in-north-texas/
Happy bargain hunting!!