Updated: February, 2015
The most characteristic of Barcelona's second hand markets is Mercat dels Encants Barcelona - Fira de Bellcaire, one of the oldest in Europe. In 2013 it moved to a spectacular, newly-constructed building, designed by the architects at B 720 Fermín Vázquez, in the same area of Plaça de les Glòries. Business still goes on in the open air, and the most characteristic feature is the auctions that start at 7am. You can buy almost anything here: clothes, furniture, antiques, domestic electrical appliances, cosmetics, toys, and books. Like the vendors' association says, there is "everything from a button to a cannon".
Another popular site is the Mercat Dominical de Sant Antoni.This is the biggest book, magazine, postcard, and videogame fair in the world. Normally it is held outside the historic building but the remodelling work going on there has meant it has been moved under cover in Carrer d'Urgell. As well as stalls selling old and second-hand books, you can find all kinds of magazines, comics, old documents, drawing products, minerals and stamps. These days the market has widened its range to include multimedia products.
There are various other second hand fairs in the city where you can buy and sell all manner of used objects. There are fairs on Moll de les Drassanes on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Gran Via during the La Mercè festival, at the end of September. There is also a second-hand fair in Sarrià, every Tuesday except in August; the Mercat del Vell at Sants station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and the Fira d’Artesans in Plaça de la Vila de Madrid, in Ciutat Vella, where you can find handmade ornaments and small decorative objects every Saturday from 11am to 8.30pm, except in July and August.
Just like in many other European cities, the Catalan capital also has a good number of flea markets, based on exchange and recycling. One of the most popular and established is Lost & Found. The format is simple: it is an open market where anyone can take part, bringing along books, clothes, music, comics, IT products, toys, ideas or knowledge. Another popular venue is Flea Market, a second-hand market held every second Sunday in the month in Plaça de Blanquerna. There you can find little treasures in the form of books, records, clothes, fashion accessories and so on. Its slogan removes any doubt about what it is: “One man’s garbage is another man’s gold”. Demanoenmano is a monthly, itinerant second hand and vintage market that uses a different location each month. Recent venues have included the CCCB and the Convent de Sant Agustí. Two Markets holds various markets each month, including their Euro Garage, where everything costs a euro. El Rastro de la Virgen takes place on the first Saturday of the month on C/de la Verge in the Raval from noon till 8pm. You'll find just about anything second-hand here: books, clothes, accessories.
Thanks to Inspire Barcelona