The flea market is a place where they sell all kinds of old things. Why do these markets have such a strange name? It was believed that old furniture, second-hand clothes and other goods that were offered here were simply crammed with unpleasant insects. Including fleas.
The homeland of flea markets is called France, they began to appear on the northern outskirts of Paris. The townspeople carried unnecessary things there from their homes, hoping to earn at least something from selling them. Gradually, such markets opened in different cities of the world, attracting lovers of antiquity and tourists.
Currently, a flea market in the suburbs of Paris has been declared a national treasure of France. Now sellers are not afraid that they will be evicted from their homes, and the market territory will be given for the construction of some large shopping center. And the buyers here are completely different than in the 19th century. Most of them are serious collectors or wholesale buyers of antiques from all over the world.
Often, at flea markets, you can find simply unique things that can decorate the collection of the most discerning antique dealer. For example, the famous French orientalist of the 17th century Jean Antoine Galland once visited the Sahaflar market in Istanbul, where he acquired several books and brought them to Europe. Among the purchases was the book "A Thousand and One Nights". It was thanks to Galland that this book became known in Europe, he was the first to translate it into French.
One of the most famous flea markets in Moscow was located on Sukharevskaya Square. The famous chronicler of Moscow Vladimir Gilyarovsky wrote about "Sukharevka" in his book "Moscow and Muscovites". Thousands of people came here on Sundays. And among the goods there were many stolen things. Some tried to sell the stolen property, while others wandered around Sukharevka in the hope of finding their property.
However, there were also respectable buyers on the market. For example, the famous collector P.I.Schukin. And Sukharevka was also a real paradise for second-hand booksellers. Both respected professors of Moscow University and poor students came here, hoping to buy a cheap book they needed. After all, the main motto of Sukharevka, according to the memoirs of Gilyarovsky, was: "For a penny of nickels!"
Every year on April 30, the Kingdom of the Netherlands turns into a huge flea market. Moreover, only for one day. The fact is that on April 30, the country celebrates the Queen's birthday, and each of her subjects can sell whatever they want, and at the same time not pay any taxes. Almost all the inhabitants of the kingdom use this unique opportunity.
One of the residents of Virginia bought a painting at a flea market for only $ 7. Moreover, the customer was interested not so much in the canvas itself as in the beautiful frame. As it turned out later, this is the original work of Renoir, and its true value is thousands of times higher than what was paid at the flea market.
The famous historian and archaeologist DI Yavornitsky in 1927 bought two large folders with rare archival documents for 2 rubles. It happened absolutely by accident: Yavornitsky bought herring at the market, the seller wrapped the fish for him in a sheet of paper. The scientist accidentally glanced at the wrapper and realized that valuable documents had fallen into his hands. The fishmonger willingly gave up all the paper for a small sum.
By the way, valuable books and documents are often found at the ruins of flea markets. Moreover, if the sellers are unaware of their real value. A few years ago, a book was bought at one of the flea markets in the United States for just a couple of dollars. It turned out that it had a dedication from Ernest Hemingway.
But the Englishman Fraser Clathon, who visited Australia in 2004, could not even imagine that he would become the owner of a fortune. For just 36 Australian dollars, he bought the rarest Beatles records. It is not known how much they were sold for, but Klaton clearly did not remain at a loss.
But, not all market visitors are so lucky. You can, of course, buy "for a penny of dimes", but you can also pay a decent amount for a "rarity" that turns out to be the most common fake. For example, there is a known case when a connoisseur of painting bought Repin's "original". Fortunately, she knew the artist himself, and showed the canvas to him. Ilya Efimovich just smiled and put the signature on the picture: "This is not Repin." Naturally, the price of this fake, with a real autograph of the painter, immediately increased.
For those who want to buy a really valuable thing at the flea market, moreover, for little money, there is one rule - you need to come as early as possible, preferably at the very opening of the market. On large "flea beetles" hundreds, if not thousands, of retail outlets. It will take a long time to get around them all. In addition, wealthy wholesalers can visit the market in the morning and buy up all the fun.