Think flea markets and you’ll probably think of les Marchés aux Puces in Paris or of Pettycoat Lane, London – famed flea markets that always feature in these capitals’ tourist guides. But while Malta has tourism literature aplenty, it’s not often you’ll find mention of the flea market that takes place every Sunday on a gravel area just a few paces up from Couvre Porte and the entrance to Birgu. The reason? Probably because you need to get up very early and go somewhat off the regular beaten tourism track. But it’s a firm date each week for throngs of die-hard bargain hunters, mostly locals.
It’s a cross between flea market and car boot sale. You’ll have to jostle past the jumble sale stalls with hoards of women picking over second-hand clothing. But wend your way up and down the rows of stall holders, who’ve set up pitch at 5am to get pole position, and you’ll find some of the quirkiest, weirdest, kitschiest objects you’ll have ever stumbled upon. Need a whole jazz band from the southern USA (in statuette form)? Or some religious memorabilia? Of course, you’ll also find some rare vintage pieces like those 1960s retro lamps you’ve always wanted. Not to mention army surplus that’s great for the kids’ dressing-up box.
Here are just some of the items that caught our eye. Make a date with Birgu’s flea market next week and you’re bound to go back home with something you never knew you wanted! Happy browsing…
The stall holder knew the value of these tin toys! No bargains here…
Something for that Sunday afternoon read perhaps?
Let’s not forget the religious side to Sunday…and Oxo beckoning the Sunday lunch.
From peace to war…we came across gas masks and German pilot’s goggles too.
Bring out the collector in you…
Perfect for the bedside table.
Something rather unnerving about the look of this long-forgotten doll. But the Kenwoods might be useful.
Stetson man! The people are just as fascinating as the finds!
Directions: See Google map for venue.