Flea Markets in Germany

How are they different from regular shops?

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Many things such as household goods, branded clothing, jewellery or smaller furniture are quite expensive in many stores. But you can also buy all of these things second-hand on a so-called "flea market" ("Flohmarkt" or "Trödelmarkt") or online shops such as eBay. A flea market is a market where individuals can sell things that they no longer need. Where the word "flea market" comes from is unclear. It may be a direct translation from French. If you have things you no longer need, you can also sell them at a flea market or online to get rid of the clutter and earn some extra money.

What do I need to know?

Where can I find a flea market?

Can I bargain at flea markets?

What else can I do at a flea market?

How can I sell stuff at the flea market?

How do online flea markets work?


Watch out if you are purchasing bicycles or electronic devices! In the case of electronic devices, there is usually no possibility of prior testing and no guarantee, so you cannot return broken items. When someone sells you a bike without a bill, there is no way to make sure the bike is not stolen. Without a bill, in case of suspicion, you will not be able to prove you have not personally stolen the bike.