The famous Lagunilla of Mexico City is the most traditional flea market in the city. This flea market takes place every week and is attended by a variety of individuals, from antique dealers, to city dwellers and tourists in search for antiques (“antigüedades” in spanish).
Historically, everyone in Mexico City has at least once in his lifetime heard the phrase: “I bought it in la Lagunilla flea market”. There is even an anecdote according to which Guillermo González Camarena, the famous Mexican engineer who invented the color television, strolled the second hand booths of Tepito flea market and La Lagunilla flea market, looking for parts that allowed him to build his first video camera in 1934.
La Lagunilla is the equivalent of a car boot sale, selling everything you could possibly think of: Knock-off Nike shoes, pirated DVDs, TVs from the back of a truck, candy, ice creams, cheap jewelry, tin, brass, bronze animals, tableware blown glass, paper flowers and plastic blocks, belts, wallets, purses, and other leather goods, toys, glass lamps, guitars and all sorts of bric-à-brac.
However, in the wide calle de Rayón, between Allende and Comonfort, visitors may find the most extraordinary stalls of used and second hand items, which attracts thousands of visitors and prospective buyers, especially antique connoisseurs and tourists. This is where the most varied antique goods and vintage memorabilia are sold: platters, plates and antique ceramic vases, Spanish, French and English porcelain; candlesticks and other objects made of silver and bronze; lamps, and glass paperweights boroughs; furniture of various styles (Louis XV, Colonial, Chippendale), rugs, cutlery, fountain pens, old weapons, phonographs, radios, vintage telephones; crucibles, glass apothecary jars and tools of all kinds; iron plates, spurs, stirrups and pommel; old banknotes and coins.
La Lagunilla is a place where, in one way or another, people sympathize as Mexicans and foreigners, regardless of their status as everyone goes to La Lagunilla either by necessity or eccentricity.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
Forget that dream of finding the rare collectible action figure or priceless 19th century end table at the flea market for ten bucks. Shoppers aren’t likely to find a real steal in a venue where most vendors are experts in their particular niche.
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