On weekend mornings, you'll find antique collectors and bargain hunters gathering at the FuHe Bridge Flea Market, scouring for treasures amongst piles of second-hand junk.
The FuHe Bridge Flea Market has been on my to-go list for a long time but it’s a well-known fact that you’d have to be there at six in the morning for the best and biggest selection of vintage goods at bargain prices. I could never muster enough willpower to drag myself out of bed that early on a weekend morning – until my friends and I were on a mission to hunt for vintage wares to decorate the new cafe they were opening.
The flea market is actually located in the riverside park beside FuHe Bridge and has been going strong for the last 20 years. It is, I believe, the most popular treasure-hunting place in Taipei.
Apart from the countless stalls selling second-hand wares and goods, there is also a very crowded wet market within the flea market. Vendors selling fruits, vegetables, meat and local food gather every weekend to sell their fresh goods and lots of happy customers going home with large plastic bags in their hands.
Of course, the most important thing to hunt for are vintage cameras! There are a handful of vendors who sell them but the variety is not big. You might find a bargain or two for some good lenses and expired film but chances to pick up a usable camera for cheap is quite little.
My friends and I have visited the flea market twice now and have spent many hours scouring for curious, unique knick-knacks to bring home. We’ve picked up vintage suitcases, boots, yarn, paintings, and several useful appliances for the kitchen! Definitely a place worth visiting, even to just take pictures and people-watch.