London, United Kingdom
March 17, 2002
The real flea market is at Piazza Trento, where Viale Trieste meets the extension of Corso Vitt.Emanuele. It’s open from around 8:30 am till midday on Sunday, and is one of the best flea markets I’ve been to recently. It is intended for, and mainly used by, locals to supply everything which you can’t buy in the normal shops in town. So, lots of used books, academic as well as novels and tourist guides, second-hand household contents, toys, records and collectables, and old clothes. Some interesting specialist stalls; one sells nothing but artists accessories, such as squidgy tubes of oil paints, and equipment for preparing canvasses. Another had new wooden kitchen tools, such as spoons and scrapers, plate racks, and furniture knobs. There are 2 or 3 stalls which sell old household linen; pillowcases, tablecloths, women’s’ blouses and babies' clothes made of cotton or linen, hand-embroidered, or with delicate lace inserts and borders, all carefully cleaned and mended (prices ranged from about 50 cents to $3 a piece). Some antique furniture and old farming or fishing tackle. Prices for most things were low; there were many stalls with everything priced at 50 cents. Large, busy, well laid out, with new stalls mainly separate from used goods and a useful scattering of food and drink stalls, including local specialities such as cheeses and pastries.
The main Sunday market is at the St. Elia stadium. This is the largest market in Cagliari, and concentrates on new goods of all kinds at cheap prices.
From journal away from the beach