I had a relaxing and refreshing weekend here in Madrid, exploring my home! It's funny how you can live somewhere for months, and still find new things to do each day.
I was searching Madrid on Pinterest for fun things to do the other day, and found out about a flea market called Mercado de Motores. This flea market runs on the second weekend of every month, at the railway museum. Lucky for me, this weekend was the second weekend of the month.
On Saturday morning I went to the market to see what I could find. This market was much smaller than El Rastro, but I enjoyed that it wasn't as crowded and overwhelming. There were stands filled with clothes, shoes, antiques and books. In the back of the market there were food trucks, with tons of different options to grub on. Inside the actual museum there were more stands set up, but these were more formal businesses rather than just vendors. There was a really cute sign shop that I stopped to look at, but didn't end up buying anything from inside. One of my favorite things about this market was that there was live music and dancing! Between the vendors and the food outside, there was a band set up playing jazz music. The dancers were dressed in vintage-looking clothes and put on a show for a crowd huddled around the band. It was wonderful to watch for a little while!
I spent about two and a half hours exploring this market. I got a couple of great deals too!
My first find was this velvet dress from the Gap. Velvet is definitely in right now, so I was really excited to to stumble across this. The woman whose stand it was wanted twelve euros, but I was able to haggle her down to ten.
You can find a similar dress here.
Next I found this simple black turtleneck sweater. I've been looking for one for a little while, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money on one. I got this one for only four euros.
Here is a similar sweater.
Lastly, I picked up this cozy scarf for just two euros.
Here's another one just like it!
I was super satisfied with what I was able to find at Mercado de Motores, but I was excited to go to El Rastro again the next day. I hadn't been able to go since the beginning of the semester. El Rastro is a huge flea market in Madrid that runs every Sunday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
At around 11:00 AM or so, I made my way to El Rastro and stopped at several of the booths. El Rastro has just about everything you can think of, but I specifically was looking for clothes. It was extremely crowded, so it was tough to navigate through. I was able to eventually get past most of the tourists and find some of the best booths at the market.
There are a bunch of stands that have clothes for as low as one euro each. I got a bunch of new things and get this... I spent ten euros total on it all!!
I got this cute velvet top for one euro.
I also finally got my mom jeans!! These were only three euros.
This huge, comfy, two-sided cape was only five euros.
I found this red off the shoulder sweater in a one euro pile.
Lastly, I got this simple tan sweater, again for just one euro.
It's amazing what you can find at flea markets! For such low prices! What's the best thing you've found at a flea market?