Monday, June 3, 2013

Surry Hills Market

Flea markets are open air markets selling second hand and often cheap goods. In Australia we call them trash and treasure, in the UK they are known as car boot sales in France and French speaking Canada they are known as Marché aux puces.  

Where did the term come from? Quoting from Albert LaFarge 1998 article in an edition of 'Todays Flea Market' magazine, he says: "There is a general agreement that the term "Flea Market" is a literal translation of the French marche aux puces, an outdoor bazaar in Paris, France, named after those pesky little parasites of the order Siphonaptera (or "wingless bloodsucker") that infested the upholstery of old furniture brought out for sale."

On the weekend I visited one of my favourite puces, Surry Hills Market which happens once a month in the inner city fringe of Sydney. It is a great place to buy vintage clothes and accessories as well as interesting vintage things. 

This is a nice historical trajectory as Surry Hills was a centre of the rag trade in the late 19th century and became a working class suburb settled predominantly by Irish immigrants. It became gentrified in the 1960s.

I didn't buy clothes at the market this time...but I 
did buy this! A little worse for wear (hmm, puces?) but a lovely block print circa 1964 - a very good year! 


  1. Flea markets are so fun! I love seeing all the unique finds!

  2. I'm a big fan of flea markets! In Germany we say Flohmarkt :)
    I hope you had fun and scored a few items!

  3. I have found some lovely items at a car boot recently at the coast in the UK. I got a vintage childs suitcase and a couple of vintage wooden boxes as well as some amazing 1920s flapper mini photos. I love the print you found.

  4. I love to wander around flea markets. So many interesting things.

  5. I love flea markets and yard sales! I am teaching my 6 year old daughter the joys of buying things at flea markets now and she loves it.