5 Flea Markets to Visit for Unique Furniture

Your best bet to finding a truly unique piece at an affordable price is at the flea market. Here are five you should check out.

Updated on August 22, 2017 10:08 am

Michelle Ong

flea market for unique furnitures shopping

Travelling to a new country can mean new adventures, and often, new treasures. If you’re visiting a new city anytime soon, it’s always a good idea to check out their local flea markets. You never know what kind of treasures you can find, and even if you don’t buy anything, you’ll definitely be able to gain some inspiration for your home.

Here are five global cities (and flea markets) you need to put on your must-visit list.

Paris: Marché aux Puces Saint-Ouen

Paris: Marche aux Puces Saint-Ouen is a flea market with unique furniture finds


Where: Rue des Rosiers, Montmartre, Paris, France
Open: Saturdays (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Sundays (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and Mondays (10 a.m to 5 p.m.)

With over 2,500 stalls, it’s almost impossible to not find anything suitable to bring home. At this large antiques market, you’ll be able to find items like the restored top-end goods such as furniture, paintings, bronzes, art items, tapestries, mirrors, lamps, dishes. There’s even a reputable shipping service stall called “Carmard” that will ship to almost any place in the world.

London: London Silver Vaults

London Silver Vaults flea market has unique furniture finds


Where: Chancery Lane, Entrance on Southampton Buildings, London, England
Open: Monday to Friday (9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

While not exactly a flea market, this vault does have many treasures. Housed underground and surrounded by vaulted walls, this is a treasure trove filled with classic English silver craftsmanship. The space is home to an extensive collection of antique silver from every period and style. When purchasing a piece from here, you can be sure that you’re taking home a treasure piece since each silver piece is authenticated by specialist.

Tokyo: Antique Jamboree

Antique Jamboree is a flea market in Tokyo that sells unique furnitures


Where: Tokyo Big Sight East Exhibition Hall 1E, Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Open: January 9-11, 2015 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Admission: ¥1,000 for a day ticket, ¥800 for a advance ticket, ¥3,000 for a early buyer day, and ¥2,000 for a Early buyer advance. Purchase at Ticket Pia, Lawson Ticket, Circle K, Sunkusc

This is the largest antique event in Tokyo, and it hosts as many as 500 unique vendors from all over Japan. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of items including Japanese and Western antiques as well as collectible toys. There’s also a “shuri-ya yokocho” (antique repair street), where you’ll find skilled antique repairmen who will offer advice on repairing porcelains and potteries, furniture, precious metal items, and more. To make the deals sweeter, make sure to grab the printable coupons online for further discounts.

Beijing: Panjiayuan Flea Market

Banjiayuan Flea Market in Beijing sells unique and antique furnitures and porcelain ware


Where: No.18 Huawei Li, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Open: Monday to Friday (8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday (4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

This is a haven for buying and appreciating antiques. Here, you’ll be able to find treasures like fine porcelain ware (both original and imitation), craft works like paper-cuts, gold or silverware, bamboo carvings, woven cloth, dyed cloth, embroidery, lacquer ware and teapots. Plus, this is just a 15-minute taxi ride from the middle of town, convenient enough for the weary traveller.

Singapore: Sungei Road Thieves Market


Where: Along Jalan Besar near Sungei Road, between Kelantan Road and Weld Road, Singapore


If you can get over how dodgy the items are (you can never be too sure about the origins of each item from this market), you just might be able to find one or two kitschy knick knacks to add to your eclectic collection at home. Interesting items sold at this 80-year-old market include disco balls, cassette tapes and typewriters. If you want to visit, you’ll have to act soon as the market will soon be removed to make way for the new Sungei Road MRT station which is expected to be completed by 2017.

Cover photo courtesy of www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com


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