With local vintage, antiques and art fairs back open, we thought it would be a great time to provide an overview of some of the best fairs and markets taking place in the UK and across the EU in 2023. This article covers all the basics of what to expect, how to prepare and details all of the key events taking place in the coming weeks and months. It’s time to plan a trip…
- What is a vintage or antique fair?
- How to prepare for a vintage and antique fair?
- What vintage and antique fairs are there near me?
- – Fairs in UK
- – Fairs in Europe
- Get a head start. Start your hunt online
- Local fair not listed? Recommend one here
What is a vintage or antique fair?
A vintage or antique fair is a place to discover local dealers, vintage hobbyists, antique hunters and plenty of pieces filled with nostalgia. Not surprisingly, we’re big fans of local vintage and antique markets, and whilst Hunt Vintage® exists to make finding professional pieces of the highest quality easy to find (from the comfort of your own home), we still recommend the occasional visit to a local fair.
It’s a fun filled way to spend a weekend morning, get a feel for unique items and to learn from enthusiasts and passionate vintage collectors and dealers. What’s not to love.
How to prepare for a vintage and antique fair
OK so you’ve decided you want to attend a local fair. But, what do you need to bring and how early should you get along?
If you’re going along to haggle, to find rare items and to bag a bargain, then we’ve got an important tip, which may seem rather obvious. Get up early on the day. Pack your clothes and bags (you might be haggling all day) and make sure you’re one of the first to arrive, as the vintage gems tend to move quickly.
What vintage and antique fairs are there near me?
In addition to shopping for quality vintage and antique pieces, from local dealers from across the World, online here at Hunt Vintage, we also want to make it easy to find a local market or fair near you. So, here goes. We’ve curated a definitive list of fairs from across the UK and Europe.
Fairs in the UK
Our Favourite Fairs in Europe
We’re always adding to our list of fairs, and are receiving recommendations from our network of dealers weekly, so please check back frequently for an updated list. In the meantime, you can view our favourite EU fairs and markets to visit in 2023 below.
The Grande Braderie de Lille: Visited by thousands of antique enthusiasts. This is one of the largest Flea Markets you’ll find anywhere in EuropeLocation: Lille, France Munich’s giant flea market: This giant flea market, located in North of Munich, has just about every kind of item to suit a range of budgets. A trip to Munich to visit this flea will certainly be worth the trip.Location: Munich, GermanyVrijmarkt Amsterdam flea market: This one day event again gathers thousands of vintage shoppers all hoping to unearth a vintage gem. What you’ll find here is an eclectic blend of professional and individual sellers. Location: Amsterdam, NetherlandsThe Antiques Market in Arezzo: Fancy attending the ‘oldest’ antiques fair in historic Italy? Then look no further than this market in Arezzo. Location: Arezzo, ItalyBroc’ Antik Market Belgium: Make the trip to this wonderful flea marketing in Belgium to be transported back in time; with artists antique dealers and amateur enthusiasts a plenty. Location: Les Bons Villers, BelgiumParis’ Flea Markets: Our list wouldn’t be complete without highlighting one of the best markets in Europe. And yes, it has to be in the French capital, Paris. This world famous event has to be on your to-do list for 2022.Location: Paris, FranceEl Rastro Flea Market: Moving across to Spain, we have the largest and highly-popular El Rastro Flea. It is held every Sunday and on public holidays throughout the year. Location: Madrid, SpainFlohmarkt am Mauerpark: This is a very popular Sunday afternoon activity for trendy Berliners and tourists. Location: Berlin, Germany
Ecseri Bolhapiac: We’re finishing off our list of European vintage and antiques fairs with this marvellous event in Budapest. What you’ll find here is a stunning array of authentic antiques, vintage collectibles, second-hand books, and vintage clothes. Location: Budapest, Hungary
Get a head start. Start your hunt online
If you’ve selected a fair or market from the list, but don’t want to wait till then to start hunting for wonderful vintage or antique pieces, then you can view our expertly curated range of items from the World’s best loved dealers here on Hunt Vintage. View our latest finds now.
Local fair not listed? Recommend one here
If you would like to recommend a vintage, antique or art fair for the list above, please contact us here.