Flea market

All right…so why is it called a flea market? And I’m hoping it’s more than just the obvious (which it probably is anyways). It seems a bad marketing ploy to name your shopping area after a parasitic insect no one wants to have on their purchased goods.


“Give a man a match and he’ll be warm for an hour… Set him on fire and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”

It’s where you go to buy fleas. Duh.


Veni, Vidi, Visa … I came, I saw, I bought.

It is not where you buy fleas…It happens to be where the fleas sell their goods

From the Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, ppg. 224-225:

Sounds like every flea market I’ve ever been to.

your humble TubaDiva

According to Webster’s, it’s named after a specific market in France:

That being said, I always heard that it came from the fact that it was a “small” market (as opposed to the main town market square) and that “flea” was a reference to the size.


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