Installed in the Mercat de Sant Antoni since 1936, the Sant Antoni Sunday Market has long been a gem of Barcelona, Spain. Some suspect this history of this antique book market goes back even further and that it may have been preceded by the Fira de Bellcaire, held in the vicinity of the port since 1882.
The history of the Sant Antoni Sunday Market, above all, the story of children who take their first steps in the world of culture. Together with their parents, they buy stories and comics, swap trading cards, and learn to love books. Therefore, this love of books is passed down through the generations. The market only continues to grow, as the children grow up, have families of their own, and bring their own children to this long-standing market.
The Sant Antoni Sunday Market is the largest of its kind in the world. Since the 1930s there have been more than 300 vendors setting up their wares in this historic location and sharing their love of the printed medium with visitors. Every Sunday sees more than 15,000 curious browsers and esteemed bibliophiles gather at this location to check out the goods on offer and soak up the wonderful atmosphere.
The vendors at the Sant Antoni Sunday Market are always on the lookout for new and interesting items to add to their stalls. Should one have an item that they feel may be of value, they are encouraged to attend this Sunday gathering to pose questions to the vendors, gain more information, and perhaps even be able to sell on their antiques.
It perhaps does not need to be stated that the Sant Antoni Sunday Market is a must for avid collectors of the written word. Many of the vendors have been trading their wares here for years, so there can be no better place to pose a question or search for a specific antique or vintage book. Anyone that loves either books or history will be hard-pushed to leave this market empty-handed.