We are on the cusp of December and the Christmas lights are on - is it too soon to begin Christmas shopping I hear you cry – absolutely not, especially when the wondrous Demanoenmano market is here for a double whammy this weekend. Previously located in the CCCB courtyard this travelling market is popping up this month in Estacio Franco, which consequently makes it the biggest of all the Demanoenmano markets and gives it the great backdrop of the station’s Art Nouveau style. Opened in 1929, the station was the last place in Europe built in this style which ascetically marks the transition between the 19th century classic style and 20th century Modernism. This perfectly suits Demanoenmano as it attracts a mix of both vintage stalls and local artists with their novel hand-crafted goods. Demanoenmano, or ‘from hand to hand’ to use the literal translation, is divided into two halves - the first is devoted to second-hand and vintage garments, and the second is a platform for artists, designers, painters, sculptors, illustrators (and the list goes on) to sell their creations.
While Barcelona is a very sustainable city in terms of recycling there is a lack of charity shops, making it very easy to adhere to the throwaway culture, therefore events like Demanoenmano are ideal places to pick up quality second-hand pieces, not only for your enjoyment but to also continue to reuse and not throwaway. The market also supports local artists, who often use recycled materials to craft their unique hand-made gifts that pose a threat to any churned-out merchandise. This arty affair also promises live music, activities and workshops bound to give us all a Christmas festival feel and, best of all, admission is free.
So between 11am and 9pm both this Saturday and Sunday fill your hands, stockings, shopping bags and suitcases and make the most of the last Demanoenmano until next year. For more information on the market or on how to become a seller, check out the website and stay updated by liking the facebook event.