The very best Bernese flea markets – from the classics to the insider tips

Where and when do the very best Bernese flea markets take place? What are the secrets behind presenting your secondhand clothing at its best to the public? We’ll tell you this and much more in our comprehensive flea market guide for everyone who loves bargains, chance finds and just having a leisurely stroll around the stands and purchasing a little something just for the heck of it – Bernese-style.

  • Fact

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  • Information
    Location Depot
    Thunstrasse 106, 3006 Bern
    Dates New dates 2020 comming soon.
    Time 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    More information on Tramdepot's Facebook page.

  • Information
    Location Marzilistrasse 47, 3005 Bern
    Dates May–September 2020
    Every last Sunday of the month
    Time 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m

    More information at www.zentralmarkt.be (German only).

  • Information
    Location Mühlenplatz, 3011 Bern
    Dates May–October 2020
    Every third Saturday of the month
    Time 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Information for sellers No advance registration possible; registration is on-site from 6:30 a.m. onwards.

    More information at www.matte.ch (German only).
    Inspiration to shopping in the Old Town of Bern can be found here.

  • Information
    Location VIDMARhallen, Hall 2/first floor, Könizstrasse 161, 3097 Liebefeld
    Dates Sun 13 September 2020
    Sun 11 October 2020
    Sun 8 November 2020
    Sun 13 December 2020
    Time 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    More information at www.the-stage.ch (German only).

Further flea markets in and around Bern

Who’s up for a trip somewhere else for a bit of treasure hunting? Pick up a pen and your agenda! Besides the classics, Bern also has many charming little flea markets which take place only once, or very few times, a year. We’ll tell you when and where.

  • Bernese bazaar in the Market Hall
    Every Saturday 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
    Old Market Hall, Steigerhubelstrasse 60, 3008 Bern
    More at: www.markthalle.ch 
  • Flea market Heimstrasse
    Heimstrasse, 3018 Bern
    New dates comming soon
    More at: www.facebook.com
  • Bike Exchange Bern
    Saturday, 5 september 2020, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
    Mehrzweckhalle Kaserne, Papiermühlestrasse 13c, 3014 Bern
    New dates comming soon
    Werkhof beim Schlossgutplatz, 3110 Münsingen
    More at: www.provelobern.ch
  • District flea market
    Villa Stucki, Quartierzentrum, Seftigenstrasse 11, 3007 Bern
    New dates 2020 comming soon
    More at: www.villastucki.ch
  • Vidmarché
    Saturday, 31 october 2020, 1:00 p.m.
    Le Beizli, Könizstrasse 161, 3097 Liebefeld
    New dates 2020 comming soon
    More at: www.lebeizli.ch
  • Berner Bazaar
    28–29 November 2020
    Paul Klee Center, Monument im Fruchtland 3, 3000 Bern
    More at: www.christophoesch.ch

10 tips for flea market sellers

Are you keen to trawl through your apartment and put all your well-preserved treasures up for sale at a flea market? With our ten tips for successful flea market selling, your stand will be sold out in next to no time.

  • Tip #1
    Go to the flea market at first light
    The earlier that your stand is ready to go after the market starts, the better your sales are likely to be. Anyone who is after something in particular at flea markets is generally out and about early – dawdlers and Sunday shoppers usually wander through later.
  • Tip #2
    Less is more
    Cluttered flea market stands that are overflowing with goods can be really off-putting to potential customers. If you take fewer items with you and take the time to display them in the best possible way, you will have a decided advantage over your fellow sellers.
  • Tip #3
    Carefully presented
    Goods that are spread out, piled up or in baskets of all kinds do not look as nice. Flea market experts think about what fits together thematically, color or style wise, and how to arrange their goods attractively.
  • Tip #4
    Offer a few compliments
    A potential customer is trying on one of your pieces – does it look good? Then don’t be shy! A heartfelt compliment will strengthen the resolve of every skeptic and ditherer to buy something.
  • Tipp #5
    It’s easier to sell things when you’ve got a friend there to help you
    It is always much more fun to sell things at the flea market with a friend. Any if you’re enjoying yourself and in a good mood, you’ll automatically attract more people to your stand as a result.
  • Tip #6
    Mirror, mirror on the wall
    If you sell clothing, shoes and jewelry, you should definitely have a mirror close at hand! This can effect true sales miracles.
  • Tip #7
    Combination ideas are always popular
    Someone who can fit your old pair of favorite jeans may be interested in a matching top that really sets them off – and before you know it, you’ve sold two items of clothing.
  • Tip #8
    The best way to browse is through the stomach
    A sweet pastry and a thermos of coffee on your stand are particularly welcoming, and attract customers with a sweet tooth.
  • Tip #9
    Wrap the goods and give change
    Don’t forget to bring newspaper and bags with you so that you can hand over the goods to your customer in a nicely wrapped condition. One other thing: Make sure you bring enough change with you!
  • Tip #10
    Discount at the end
    Not keen to take your unsold goods home with you again? If you reduce your prices an hour before the market ends – and write this on a board – you’re sure to find a happy buyer or two.

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