First useful thing that I got to know about Wroclaw, before coming to Poland, was that here exists a special second hand market organized every Sunday. I was told that I can find there whatever I need, from pots, cutlery, plates, cups to clothes, bikes or furniture. As I prefer non conventional shopping rather than going to malls, I looked for this flea market on my first week of stay.
I found this “open air museum” in an old factory yard, somewhere on the outskirts of Wroclaw, in Młyn Sułkowice area. The size of the market and the variety of stuffs amazed me. Besides the old vintage and antique things, there are as well new high tech items. Most of the vendors dispose their goods properly on the ground, others on some improvised tables, while others make use of cardboard boxes to organize their “products”. These cardboard boxes are like “horns of plenty”, lots of things inside and you never know what else is hidden there at the bottom of the box. For this particular reason people are like swarming bees around these boxes. The crowd makes it difficult to find some valuable things in there. Though I bought some nice and useful stuff found in those boxes.
I should admit Sunday Market offers plenty of things between art and kitsch. It’s something usual for this kind of bazaars. In Australia they are deliberately called “trash and treasure markets”. The main idea is to seek out beauty through mediocrity, to look for quality through the large amount of junk.
In this period the Sunday Market is even more attractive. A lot of second hand “dealers” show off their Christmas decorations, lights, trees, candles and many other traditional holiday accessories. If you search for low-price decorations or gifts, all in good taste, Sunday Market is your shopping destination. The bazaar is also calling winter sports’ fans. You can find full skiing and snowboarding equipment, second hand or new. I’ve seen also some pairs of ice skating boots.
Before you go to the Sunday Market, be prepared with some basic shopping expressions in Polish, because people rarely speak English there. The fun begins when you start negotiating the prices. I dare asking for a half price on everything and usually I get the discount. Do you want to know the secret? Be interested and insistent, a totally different attitude in comparison to the “negotiating style” in Middle East for example.
What else you should now is that Flea Market in Wroclaw is open just on Sundays from the very morning till 2 PM.
How can you get there?
By car or by bike- check the map.
By bus- Take the bus 116, direction Sołtysowice, get off at Poprzeczna station, check the bus schedule.
Are you curious what things me and my friends have bought there and how much we paid? Below you can find a short list of the things we bought from the Sunday Market:
- 1 heart shaped oven tray- 3 PNL
- 2 big white porcelain plates- 6 PNL
- 5 small ceramic angels- 6 PNL
- 1 kg raw hazelnuts- 8 PNL
- 2 sets of hand made stars shaped Christmas lights- 12 PNL
- A warm 100% woolen cardigan- 40 PNL
- A second hand bike- 100 PNL
- A new ski jacket- 140 PNL
Good luck with shopping at the Sunday Market!