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The most characteristic market 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 7 am and are unique in Catalonia and Europe. It is not a food market, but 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 of the most popular sites 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.
In Barcelona there are also various second-hand fairs where you can buy and sell all manner of used objects, in theory between 50 and 100 years old. 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 11 am to 8.30 pm, except in July and August.
Just like in many other European cities, the Catalan capital also has a good number of flea markets, which offer a new way to shop, based on exchange and recycling. One of the most popular is Lost & Found. Set up in 2007, it is one of the most established second-hand markets in the city. It is a mixture of Queensday in Amsterdam and the garage sales in the USA . Its format is really simple: it is an open market where anyone can take part, bringing along books, clothes, music, comics, IT products, toys, ideas or knowledge. Another which is quite popular 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”.