Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Flea A Fortnight


For all the people who missed out the last time, and there were a bunch, we have an EXTRA BONUS FLEA in April with ALL NEW SELLERS and EXTRA CAPITAL LETTERS.

All the Flea Marketeers who didn't receive the monthly mail-out will be first in line for a space at the next event, which will be on 30th April, at the usual time at the usual spot.

There will also be preference for BOYS and people selling RECORDS & BOOKS. Don't forget to advise El Flea of what you plan to sell to get these benefits.

& plus if you post photos of your stuff for sale on our Facebook wall, people will check it and come looking for your goodies.

We will be taking bookings on Thursday night after the newsletter is released! Anyone not our list should send an email to fleamarketbcn@gmail.com.

Flea Team

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Competition!

Here's our second surprise! We're giving away 4 tickets (again!) to go watch Melanie Killdeer and Phoebe Pain at Luz De Gas on MARTES 19 of APRIL.

To be in with a chance, you just have to answer this simple question: Where was the first Barcelona bar that hosted El Flea?

Email fleamarketbcn@gmail.com with your answers. First come first served.

More info about Melanie, Phoebe and Luz de Gas

Good Luck Flea Fans!!!

Going Big Not Going Home!

Barcelona. Tenim punts en comú

We were recently interviewed by the council about our Flea, that has had a lot of favourable attention this month.

They've posted an article in English, professionally pasted below, and we did a video interview in Catalan, which is why I sound like I am speaking in slow motion.

Natàlia and Mark are a couple living in the heart of the Raval neighbourhood with a fascination for fashion and collecting vintage items. It’s all the same to them, so long as it has a retro look, is well preserved and can sparkle as new. In fact, this fascination of theirs gave rise to an idea that has been establishing itself as a successful initiative ever since 2007, with the number of participants and visitors growing year after year.
The Barcelona Flea Market takes its inspiration from the typical markets of European cities like London and Berlin, which often start as a popular initiative and, in most cases, turn into a success. These second-hand markets exude a Bohemian ambience. You can find everything, from the most eccentric clothes to books and records, along with other second-hand items. Everything goes when it comes to buying, selling or swapping at the numerous stalls run by the city residents who knock on Natàlia and Mark’s door, asking for a place at the Flea Market. Since it began in 2007, the market has adapted itself to various locations and sites, although on the last three occasions it has been held at the Espai Jove (Youth Centre) in the Eixample, at Carrer d’Alí Bei, 120. And that’s where it is being held on 9 April this year.
For those of you interested in using municipal spaces, Natàlia is encouraging everyone to join in: “If you’re original and suggest something that’s not been done before, you’re bound to be accepted straight away and given a hand to carry out your project. Any civic or youth centre etc., that you go to on behalf of an association will usually receive you in open arms, and all more so when you plan an activity for them that many people can benefit from. All you have to do is produce a legal document, such as the association’s tax ID number, and explain what you’re doing”.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mercat De Segona Mà: El Prat

Mercats de segona mà del Prat

You might recognise the name of this satellite town if you've ever flown to Barcelona, which is also interesting for us because the local council organise a monthly second-hand market in the middle of the town which is free to take part in.

Being the first Sunday of the month, we woke up with just enough time to get down there and see the end of the afternoon (the market starts at 11 and goes on til 14h). The Renfe is probably the best way to get there, it's about four blocks south of the station 'El Prat de Llobregat'.

There were about 100 stalls, all types of people involved, and the prices were all really quite cheap.

Along with all this jumble, there was a bike rental stall & they were selling tickets to an Artichoke & Jazz festival! I know.

There's nothing like this in central Barcelona, but we have been in touch with the organisers to see if they can give us some ideas/contacts/support to make our Flea more accessible.

Their blog is here, in case you need to know owt else.