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.

  • Information
    Location Depot
    Thunstrasse 106, 3006 Bern
    Dates March–October 2019, always on the last Saturday of the month
    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 2019, always on the 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–September 2019, always on the 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 Neubrückstrasse 8, 3012 Bern
    Dates June–November 2019, always on the first Sunday of the month.
    Time 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Information for sellers Reservations are possible from 12 May 2019–1 June 2019.

    More information at www.grossehalle.ch or by e-mail at flohmi@reitschule.ch.

  • Information
    Location VIDMARhallen, Hall 2/first floor, Könizstrasse 161, 3097 Liebefeld
    Dates January–May 2019 and September–December 2019, always on every second Sunday of the month.

    Exception: In May 2019, the flea market will take place on the 19th of the month.
    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.

  • Night flea market in the Dachstock (Attic)
    16 May 2019, Attic, Kulturzentrum Reitschule, Neubrückstrasse 8, 3001 Bern
    More at: www.dachstock.ch
  • Flea market Heimstrasse
    18 May 2019, Heimstrasse, 3018 Bern
    More at: www.facebook.com
  • Bike Exchange Bern
    25 May and 14 September 2019, Mehrzweckhalle Kaserne, Papiermühlestrasse 13c, 3014 Bern
    More at: www.provelobern.ch
  • District flea market
    26 May 2019, Villa Stucki, Quartierzentrum, Seftigenstrasse 11, 3007 Bern
    More at: www.villastucki.ch
  • Vidmarché
    2 November 2019, Le Beizli, Könizstrasse 161, 3097 Liebefeld
    More at: www.lebeizli.ch
  • Berner Bazaar
    Always on the last weekend in November, Paul Klee Center, Monument im Fruchtland 3, 3000 Bern
    More at: www.zpk.org
  • Bernese bazaar in the Market Hall
    Every Saturday, Old Market Hall, Steigerhubelstrasse 60, 3008 Bern
    More at: www.markthalle.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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