Many terms are used when referring to where to buy bric a brac. Some think of car boot sales, others of fleamarkets, yet speak somewhat disapprovingly of junk shops. But whatever the English name, Germans use mostly “Flohmarkt”.
Treasures and even bargains can be hunted down all across the Rhine Ruhr Region from Bonn to Düsseldorf and Hamm. Most flea markets are outdoors, many of them taking place every week. Often the vendor can tell a cheerful tale about the prospective purchase.
A few traditional annual of bi-annual flea markets attrach many thousands of punters to an enormous collection of stands and stalls weaving through the streets.
Everything from antiques and antiquities to second hand furniture large and small can be found. New or second hand clothes, books, records, old toys as well as articles for everyday use such toothpaste, batteries or smaller household goods are also often on sale.
While special flea markets for children’s wear and toys are very popular, charity shops are few and far between.
The city fleamarket in Neuss takes place during May on Mother's Day and a second time on a Sunday in September. Stands can be found along the high street and around Markt. The event has a long standing tradition, offers a terrific atmosphere and potentially great buys.
In September tens of thousands of enthusiasts flock to Wuppertal Vohwinkel. Bric a brac, antiques and collectables are presented by hundreds of amateurs in front of their homes alongside professional dealers. The varitey of items for sale at this massive fleamarket is astounding.
The Trödel und Antikmarkt (bric a brac and antique market) Aachener Platz takes place in the borough of Bilk every Saturday morning from six until mid-afternoon. The centre of attraction is a tent, outside of which an eclectic mix of stands and stalls large and small can be found.