Family Travel, Thrifty

Flea Markets in Secondhand Split

7 October, 2013

Ah, yeah. I know what you’re thinking- I needed to find the Flea Market in Split, Croatia, like I needed a punch in the face. We’ve sold a house full of stuff, pared down to just a few belongings for our travels round Europe, why WHY would I need to go thrifting in Croatia?

Welllll… My shoes really broke for the final time after much DIY repairing so I popped them in the bin and was one pair down. Also, we are flying back to England on Tuesday and have to somehow cart all our gear onto the plane… so we are keeping our eyes peeled for a suitcase or massive bag or two… But, really, honestly? I just love rummaging through people’s old stuff.

Especially if there’s a chance it could be retro communisty Iron Curtain style old stuff.

The Green Markets in Split sprawl out from the harbour up to the edge of the Old Town. On a Sunday they are packed with mountains of fruit and veggies and, tucked at the back, as you walk away from the harbour, was a vision of beauty to my eyeballs- a small but perfectly haphazard array of stalls selling old stuff. The ideal mixture – plastic tat, vintage fabrics, clothing, records, filthy things piled in boxes: YES, YES, YES!

We arrived at 11am and it was in full flow, but over by the time we passed again at 1pm. We had a quick mosey but I didn’t torture myself by searching too hard through all the things I couldn’t take back with me. I did score this SWEET pair of treads though, for about £1.20. Are these what you call brothel creepers? I’m sorry to womankind if so… But aren’t they The Business? I promise to be extra feminist whilst wearing them.Flea Market Split

(Communists don’t worry about matching laces.)

We then wandered through the old town and unexpectedly began to love Split. There are some astonishing Roman structures, the magnificence of which rivalling Dubrovnik, but with a massive dose of proper, gritty, city living. 20131007-080135.jpg
Ramona having a snooze on Tim’s back as we bask in the antiquity.

We then, outside the overawing Golden Gate, came across another glorious sight- another market of old stuff! Wheee! Sound the Trumpet of Joy! It was a bit more official, and featured almost solely antique stuff but for fairly good prices and still with the delight of rummaging through boxes and bowls.Flea Markets in Split

Walking past this rocking horse realising it would never be mine was probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life (possibly rivalled by child birth.)

Secondhand Split, I found you, you stealthy beast, and I loved you.

Linking up for the first time in YONKS with all the secondhand loving beauties over at Me and My Shadow.

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  • Mammasaurus 7 October, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Awesome stuff – I totally get what you mean about rummaging through peoples old stuff at second hand markets and junk fairs. My husband doesn’t understand in the slightest so it’s something I always do solo, except one time in Brussels where I dragged him round one listening to him telling me ‘There’s no way THAT will fit in our suitcase!’

    Love the shoes, rocking them! x

  • Ali 7 October, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Oh darn… I do love your blog but I really could have done without reading about flea markets in Croatia!
    I’m more determined than ever to go there but will now have to double the size of our camper van!
    I’d have cried for that horse too…

  • fiona 7 October, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I went to Croatia earlier this year but never thought to search out a flea market. Your shoes look like desert boots. (brothel creepers have a thick crepe sole) What a bargain for £1.20.

  • Sonya Cisco 9 October, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I LOVE a good rummage! We are blessed with plenty of good junk shops round here, but flea markets are even better, gorgeous pics!

  • Elisabeth 10 October, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Unfortunately I have absolutely no talent for rummaging but I always find it inspiring to read about other people’s explorations (and to imagine I’d be good at finding good stuff, too). I just came across your blog and love the atmosphere, so I’ll follow alng, if you don’t mind 🙂

  • Vicky 14 October, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I’m loving all your bombaround posts – although I’m really surprised you didn’t find a way to get the horse home!

  • Janetta 15 June, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Hi we went to check out this shop in June 2018 and it’s moved to Varazdinska 2A
    Totally great place to shop though, wish I’d had more space in my luggage!