Indoor Flea markets in London?
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Mar 4, 2012 11:23 PM Last Post By: CutieBee
Mar 1, 2012 1:46 AM
So flea markets are places where people sell/buy second hand goods, like Portobello, whereas some of the indoor ones mentioned above are more for small individual stalls who sell self-designed or more unique off-the-main-stream new goods (like Spitalsfield or Camden Market)?
When I travelled to Japan and Thailand, they always call any markets/places that sell cheaper-than-store goods as flea markets... Time for me to learn what real flea market means! (^_^)
Mar 1, 2012 6:44 AM
16#15 CutieBee. Probably different people have different views of the term. As I said, I don't hear it used much.
www.oxforddictionaries.com says "a street market selling second-hand goods" which is my understanding too.
But the full Oxford English Dictionary (the most authoritative for UK English) says "term applied jocularly to a street market." So if the Oxford dictionaries can't even agree with each other, there isn't much hope for the rest of us!
Wikipedia says "A flea market or swap meet is a type of bazaar that rents space to people who want to sell or barter cut-rate merchandise or secondhand goods" but we could change that.
I tend to use terms such as street market, covered market, antiques market, food market, farmers' market, etc. Perhaps in the UK the old flea markets have been largely replaced by "car boot sales".
Mar 4, 2012 11:23 PM
Double thanks for the detailed information! I particularly like "So if the Oxford dictionaries can't even agree with each other, there isn't much hope for the rest of us!" _
My friend failing to dig out any photos from her last trip, we went through the google street view of the markets suggested from everyone, it seems that Spitalsfield or Camden Market come the closes to matching what she remembered. She's also going to find out more of the other markets being suggested for her parents to visit in the coming trip! :O)
Thanks to everyone for your help! I'm also going to mark all the suggestions for my future trip to London and get to see the real market for myself! (^o^)
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