Brick Lane Flea Market is halfway between jewel and junk heap, but it is a pure East End London flea market. Brick Lane Flea Market attracts lots of tourists in search of an authentic London neighborhood and young Londoners, in search of vintage furniture.
The joy of this flea market is that you never know what you’ll find. There is truly anything from cheap leather clothes and old magazines, to vintage style clothing to Art Deco furniture – with a lot of old junk in between.
At Brick Lane Market, shoppers will find all they could possibly imagine – and more. There is second-hand furniture, unusual clothes (always worth a look for the retro-lovers), unique vintage, bric-a-brac, magazines, vintage clothing, toiletries, sweets, electrical equipment, vintage products and bits of this-and-that which can typically be found at the flea market. The Brick Lane Flea Market is now becoming known as a great place to pick up home accessories.
The Brick Lane flea market is actually a complex, intricate network of five markets all connected together, known as The Truman Markets. These markets are located within the confines of the historic 11-acre Old Truman Brewery, at the northern end of Brick Lane, and are known as The Sunday UpMarket, the Vintage Market, the Backyard Market, the Tea Rooms and the Boiler House Food Hall.
Among these markets, the Tea Rooms and the Vintage Markets are probably the most interesting markets we’ve seen in Brick Lane, as they offer an eclectic collection of antiques, curios, collectibles, vintage clothing & accessories.
The Tea Rooms, founded in 2009, is a market named for its large selection of teas and coffees and traditional baked goods as well as antiques, silk cushions, furniture, collectibles and handmade goods. Its main shop, The Vintage Emporium, located downstairs, is a vintage clothing and accessories store with items dating back between the Victoria Era and the 1950s.
The Vintage Market is composed of stalls owned by British and European vintage specialists and offering old clothes ranging from the early 1920s to the 1990s. Also offered are accessories, vintage records, and a random collection of unique old trinkets.
Last, but not least: A trip to Brick Lane would not be complete without taking the time to give the local “cuisine” a go. The food market in the boiler house hall offers delicious street food from around the world. You will find every ethnic food imaginable, from freshly cooked pasta and Bratwurst to Japanese octopus fritters and Ethiopian bayenetu. In summertime, the outdoor Sunday UpMarket caters to hundreds of visitors who come for the food and the sunshine.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
When I’m not able to travel, I check out a variety of online sources overseas and over the years have developed relationships with certain vendors who’ll let me save up my purchases until I have enough to fill a big box.
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