Bern's Best Flea Markets

Where and when do the very best Bernese flea markets take place? 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.

More flea markets in and around Bern

In the mood for a treasure hunt? Get out your planner! In addition to the classics, Bern also has a lot of small, charming flea markets that only take place once or a few times a year. Here’s where and when.

  • Berner Brocante (Bernese antique fair) at the Markthalle
    Alte Markthalle, Steigenhubelstrasse 60, 3008 Bern
  • Velobörse Bern (bicycle market)
    Mehrzweckhalle Kaserne, Papiermühlestrasse 13c, 3014 Bern
    Werkhof beim Schlossgutplatz, 3110 Münsingen

10 Tips for Flea Market Vendors

Motivated to go through your apartment and present your treasures at a flea market? These 10 tips will help you sell your items in no time.

  • Tip #1
    The early bird catches the worm
    The earlier your stand is ready, the higher the chances of selling your items. Those looking for something specific at a flea market are up early – later on, it’s usually just people strolling and browsing.
  • Tip #2
    Less is more
    Overflowing, stuffed stalls can be a bit intimidating and off-putting. You’re better off bringing fewer items and presenting them in an appealing manner.
  • Tip #3
    Careful presentation
    Making huge piles or throwing everything in a basket for people to rummage through is not a good idea. Flea market pros sort their items by category, colour, or style and create an appealing display.
  • Tip #4
    Give out compliments
    Does one of the pieces look great on a potential customer when they try it on? Then don’t be shy! A sincere compliment will make those in doubt feel good and encourage them to buy something.
  • Tip #5
    Bring a friend
    Selling your things together means double the fun. And when you’re having a good time, people will notice and automatically be drawn to your stall.
  • Tip #6
    Mirror, mirror on the wall
    If you’re selling clothes, shoes, and jewellery, don’t forget to put up a mirror! It can do wonders for your sales.
  • Tip #7
    Clever combinations
    Make suggestions as to what goes nicely with those jeans you’re selling and which top they could be combined with to make it a great outfit, and you’ll often end up selling more than one piece.
  • Tip #8
    Hungry shoppers
    Baked treats and a thermos with coffee make people feel especially welcome and will draw them to your stand.
  • Tip #9
    Bring bags and change
    Don’t forget to bring old newspapers and bags so your customers can get their treasures home safely. And remember to bring lots of change!
  • Tip #10
    End-of-day discounts
    Don’t want to haul your unsold items back home? If you offer your items at reduced prices an hour before the flea market ends – and make sure to mention it by writing it on a board – you are sure to find a few additional happy customers.

Activities for after the flea market

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