It is also destined to those who enjoy a good bargain, for those interested in human mob psychology, group behaviorism and psychology of mercantilism. Last but not least, it addresses every single curious traveler who doesn't get scared of overcrowded local events. In whichever category you may classify, be sure to have small change upon you as nobody gets out from Negreni flea market without buying at least a couple of things.
Negreni flea market - taking place twice a year, the second weekend of June and October, it is one of the most incredible markets in Romania. The autumn edition lasts an entire week, reaching the apogee starting with Thursday. Every autumn, more than 20000 people take part at this event.
Some say the origins of this fair dates back to the Middle Ages. Others, believe it’s a bit newer, just over 100 years old (yet the 18th century Maria Theresa Empress of Austria is said to have visited the fair!). What is for sure though is that the Negreni flea market is the most long-lasting market in Romania. Its longevity may easily be explained considering that it is positioned at the intersection of several Romanian distinct regions.
There is a saying that there is no object, article or piece you could ever imagine that is not to be on sale at the Negreni flea market, be it at first hand, second hand or over 100 years old. Displayed on an area of over 15000ft², the market covers any possible domain you can think of: traditional handcrafts, antiques, communist souvenirs, and all other sort of secondhand goods that mark the transition from tradition to globalisation, from communism to capitalism, from authenticity to kitsch. Famed among the connoisseur for being the biggest antiquities market in South-Eastern Europe, it attracts collectors and traders from all over Europe and not only. That would explain on one hand why prices are not always displayed on the local currency.
At Negreni one can meet the most gifted and skilled craftsman selling traditional copper boilers for homemade alcohol distillation or handmade horse harnesses. This opportunity is not one you can have every day as they are among the last craftsman in Eastern Europe continuing to work in the traditional way. Practically, crossing the market from one side to the other you come to meet traditional products from all over Romania sold by traders of all ethnicity: Romanian, Hungarian or Roma. So dense it is in it's diversity of products, so overcrowded and so colorful, that you just cannot take it all in one day. From dusk till dawn you can try to find your way through this maze and eventually you realize there is still so much too see. It spins you like a hurricane, it stuns you, it intoxicates you and in the end you find out that you too, like so many others before you, you've become addicted and you'll have to come back the next year.
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