In the summer time the countryside comes alive with flea markets and the cities are filled with second-hand stores and vintage shops. Whether you are looking for that perfect 50s dress, unique antique furniture or books for bargain prices, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Often the line between antiques, vintage and thrift is blurred, and chances of finding hidden gems on the shelves are very good.
Look for the sign ”Loppis”
The Swedish word for flea market is Loppmarknad, or more colloquially, Loppis. Look for the handwritten signs marked ”Loppis” as you drive around in the countryside. These signs will point you in the direction of everything from small backyard sales and the local sports associations fundraising markets to huge, flea markets attracting thousands of visitors.
There are also the permanent, indoor markets in old barns and farmhouses. Added to those are the vintage shops in the cities. If you are a dedicated thrifter, chances are you will want to optimize your shopping and plan a little in advance. Keep reading for a guide to some of the best vintage shopping in Skåne.
In the summertime, flea markets are arranged regularly in many of the cities of Skåne. The two largest ones take place in the cities of Malmö and Lund.
Drottningtorget in Malmö
Drottningtorget, The Queen’s Square, is in walking distance from Malmö Central station. Every Sunday in the summertime there’s a large flea market here where vendors range from ordinary people clearing out their old stuff to professional vintage vendors selling antiques and curiosities. Find real bargains and plenty of quirky stuff. An Italian ice cream at café Dolce Sicilia, located right by the square, is a perfect way to round of your shopping spree.
In the picturesque city of Lund, the university town of Sweden is Skåne’s largest street market. On Saturdays during the summer this quiet street turns into a popular flea market. Most of the vendors are the people of Lund selling things they no longer need, and you can find everything from party dresses to vintage books and furniture. The earlier you come, the better your chance of finding the real gems.
Vintage clothing stores