Of all the markets that have been happening around the city of Porto, one of the most praised is, without a doubt, Spot’s Flea Market. Originally held at Maus Hábitos, one of the hippest clubs in downtown Porto, this market invites everyone to scavenge their attics and storerooms in search of long lost treasures and sell or trade them. Flea’s motto is: “one man’s garbage is another man’s gold”, and rightfully so since you’re sure to find something of interest in one of the many item packed sellers’ displays. The whole event is much more about the social experience, having a nice time and getting to know people, than it is about making money (especially since Portuguese people haven’t got into the concept of vintage yet). As such, despite the reluctance of the attending audience to actually purchase something, you’re assured a well spent afternoon.
The last edition in particular (which took place last Saturday), was held outdoors on the precinct of Edifício Transparente, a seaside building known for its restaurants, cafes and sport related stores and activities. The underlying theme for this edition was Surf, but people were welcome to bring all sorts of items, which I did. The whole surf vibe gave the event a unique feel, which emphasized by the sounds played by invited DJs and drinks from the outdoor bar, built the setting for a perfect time. To spice things up a bit, there was a demo of tarp surfing, courtesy of my friends over at Janga Revolt: check the videos on the next post!
There are always great findings to be had at Flea so keep an eye out for the next edition. Until then, here are some pics of the last one: