The largest and most famous of all flea markets in Munich is without a doubt the flea market at the Theresienwiese. Always held once a year on the first Saturday of Munich’s Spring Festival (in April), the Münchner Flohmarkt auf der Theresienwiese brings together around 2,000 merchants and more than 80,000 visitors from all over Europe, for one festive day of haggling.
The Münchner Flohmarkt auf der Theresienwiese offers a unique opportunity for flea market enthusiasts to find great second-hand goods at a very low price: vintage clothe, paintings, vintage and design furniture, pictures, sculptures, militaria, home appliances, electronic, antiques, genuine accessories and clothes from brands like Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Dolce Gabana, etc. are at the reach of any budget!
The trick to make the most of your day at this giant flea market and to snap up the best merchandises available before anyone, is to show up really early (around 4:00 a.m.) equipped with the basic must-have flea market raider gear: a flashlight, good walking shoes, a comfortable outfit, pockets full of coins and small (but enough) banknotes, as well as a strong dose of motivation and determination.
Flea market veterans also recommend to show up the day before the official opening of the flea market. As a matter of facts, most professional stalls are already set-up and most vendors are starting to sell their merchandises on Friday night. If you’re serious about flea market shopping, you can manage to spend up to five hours searching for antiques and design furniture with almost no competitors. And by nightfall, you might very well be able to pack and drive back home with all your finds, without having to bother attending the official flea market day, and its crowd of people.
As long as you have an idea of what you’re buying, or at least experience that weird feeling inside you that you’re about to take home something “huge”, then you’re a winner. So get ready for you’re next big flea market; the Münchner Flohmarkt auf der Theresienwiese may really turn into the chance of your life.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
If you’re buying 19th-century furniture, you’re probably looking for pieces that have primary or secondary paint. With newly painted pieces that are trying to look older, there’s usually a repetition in the paint that seems too regular. On a piece that has been banged around for the last 200 years, the paint’s not going to be regular; it’s going to be chipped off in places.
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