There is a reason Dubai Flea Market has grown to three locations
In the era of fast, disposable fashion, shopping is hardly the most sustainable pastime. Embracing your thrifty side at the Dubai Flea Market, however, is a great way to reduce your contribution to landfills and cheap labour.
First launched in 2008, the Dubai Flea Market started out with just 80 stallholders and a few hundred visitors in Safa Park. Since then, it’s grown to three regular events, covering each end of the city, and attracting shoppers in their thousands, keen to snap up old homewares, clothes, crockery and handcrafted trinkets.
Zabeel Park market (replacing the Safa slot, and now home to new food stands) is held every first Saturday of the month, Uptown Mirdif’s runs every second Friday of the month and JLT Park runs every third Friday of the month. All markets run between October and May.
But it’s not all about buying. The best way to embrace the energy of the Flea Market is to book yourself a stall. At Dhs290, it’s far pricier than your average European car boot sale, but roll down in a car crammed with toys, kitchenware, linen, clothes and whatever else is in good enough condition to sell on for a few dirhams.
Electronics are big business, so hold onto them and drive a hard bargain. And keep a good eye on your belongings and sellables – things have been known to get stolen. That said, we’ve come away with an average profit of Dhs1,000 each time – and a blissfully decluttered house for it. Next markets Fri November 13 (Mirdif) and Fri 20 (JLT Park). www.dubai-fleamarket.com.