Feriköy, Dolapdere, Balat and Sarıyer have the most passionate flea markets of Istanbul.
Feriköy is something else on Sundays. Because the area where the Organic Market is set up on Saturday hosts a market selling antique, second hand and hand-made goods are sold on Sundays. There’s a saying “Every supply creates its own demand.” Well, this finds its real meaning at such markets. The flea market in Feriköy is a cheerful shopping place where all kinds of goods you can imagine are sold, from clothing to records and turntables, from haute couture jewelry to gifts and toys, old and new cameras and books. Not the mention the cheese pancake you know from the Organic Market.
I think the best aspect of this market is the opportunity to spend the whole day with the squeaky sound of music coming from the record shops. The stalls have quite reasonable prices, and are open from 10:00 to 18:30. Those who say “I should get rid of the excess things at home, why don’t I socialize a bit at the same time?” can reserve a place at his market by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Moreover, you should also visit the Facebook group created by residents and regular customers of the market. For those saying “No, first I’d like to see it with my own eyes, I’m open to surprises”, the market is located at Bomonti Avenue, Şahin Street.
Feylesof Street, Dolapdere
Starting from side street of the old Apik Tripe Soup Restaurant, of which only the sign remains, and winding around side streets of Dolapdere, this market is a bit hurtful. It seems better to call it a ninth-hand market, rather than a second-hand market. It’s not posh at all. There are very few stalls, but many varieties. You see products that are used, found from garbage dumps or in mint condition on bed sheets laid on the ground or cardboard boxes. Trinkets, CDs, cassette tapes, razorblades, perfumes, watches, car spare parts, shoes, radios, phones, bell-bottomed pants if you’re on your lucky day, bags and many more things… The market has not only a thousand types of products, but also people from all around the world. The language of this ninth-hand market is common, and either innate, or learnt later. The market is set up on Sundays, in early hours of the morning, and closed on different times, depending on the weather and stall turnovers.
Küçükpazar surely has its share of rookie photographers and tourists on its streets. The district also hosts a flea market on Sundays. According to urban rumors, the goods sold at this market are stolen or found from garbage dumps of rich neighborhoods. So it’s no wonder that there are many antique dealers among regular visitors of this market. Urban legends always come in handy. Prices are determined by imagination and haggling talent, as in other markets. Some people sell a product they value at five lira for a hundred lira, while others sell a product worth 100 lira for five lira, since they don’t know its actual price. In addition to goods you can see at every flea market, you can also find paintings, electronic gadgets that can be used with small repairs, cheap cameras and video cameras. Stalls open at early hours of the morning, and start to close in the afternoon, depending on the course of the market.
The market that started business about two years ago on Wednesdays at the heart of Sarıyer is located at Yılmaz Street. Featuring copper and porcelain objects, old artifacts and silver jewels in general, the market attracts attention with its limited number of visitors. It’s not very popular due to being open within the week, but the goods sold are both varied and high-quality. Expecting business to improve in time, sellers of the market try to keep their hope alive. The stalls are set up about 08:00 on Wednesday mornings and closed about 19:00 in the evening.
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