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June 18, 2004
Don't forget to barter though. Having a "banchinna" at Porta Portese is a sign of prestige for vendors and if you want to have a good deal (and gain their respect, which will help lower the price), don't get too impressed by their bartering abilities.
Try to get there before 9am because by ten it's really, really busy, and most of the good deals are gone. The market is open until 1:30pm.
London, United Kingdom
March 16, 2003
It gets rougher towards the station, with illegal immigrants -- mainly Balkan rather than black these days -- selling things of little visible value from sheets on the ground, ready to gather everything up and run if anyone in authority appears.
The antiques part is mainly north of the main road, from Via E. Rolli towards Ippolito Niero. This part of the market is mixed in among apartment blocks, with few through roads and many cul-de-sacs, so it’s easy to miss sections. I’m not certain I got around everywhere myself before they started packing up. There’s a good mix of stuff for sale, from flashy imitation gear, through second-hand and household goods, to prints and books, silverware, and pukkah antiques. At the junction of Porto Portuense and E. Rolli there’s the Russian enclave, with Maryoshka dolls, lacquered boxes, amber, Red Army insignia and caps, but also dentist's tools, cameras, and binoculars.
This is a serious flea market, and a good antidote if you’re feeling overwhelmed by culture. Prices vary and are fully negotiable.
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