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Milan’s flea markets: A photo journal

The flea markets of Milan are all about treasure hunting. Thick stacks of faded records, retro lamps, and 80s-style jackets overflow the stalls, while antique shops sell wooden xylophones and oil paintings in golden frames.

This is a place to wander, stopping for an aperitivo as the crowds swell and shift. And hidden amidst all of these goodies, there just might be that one thing that makes you inordinately happy, be it a kitschy dog lamp or one-of-a-kind vintage leather trousers.

East Market

Via Privata Giovanni Ventura, 14, 20134 Milano

East Market’s sign is as funky as its wares

East Market’s sign is as funky as its wares

Vintage soda signs, a Simpsons statue, and a haunting painting

Vintage soda signs, a Simpsons statue, and a haunting painting

Black and white prints hang alongside rainbow-coloured pins

Black and white prints hang alongside rainbow-coloured pins

People gather at the beer bar outside East Market

People gather at the beer bar outside East Market

The East Market DJ provides your Sunday shopping soundtrack

The East Market DJ provides your Sunday shopping soundtrack

Bright prints and denim are mainstays of East Market stalls

Bright prints and denim are mainstays of East Market stalls

Lamps of all colours and shapes crowd a stall corner

Lamps of all colours and shapes crowd a stall corner

Everything from denim jackets to massive neon letters

Everything from denim jackets to massive neon letters

Alzaia Naviglio Grande from 4 to 68 + Ripa di Porta Ticinese from 3 to 85

Two women walk their dogs past classic movie posters

Two women walk their dogs past classic movie posters

Antique artwork for sale along the Naviglio canal

Antique artwork for sale along the Naviglio canal

A man looks through a case of vintage vinyls

A man looks through a case of vintage vinyls

Richly-coloured carpets hang over the canal

Richly-coloured carpets hang over the canal

The rosy-hued Via Casale is filled with shoppers on market day

The rosy-hued Via Casale is filled with shoppers on market day

A man strolls by a stall selling oil paintings

A man strolls by a stall selling oil paintings