The origin of the term “Flea Market” is practically impossible to trace. It is a mystery that has never been solved as there has never been a serious investigation into the origin of the name. There is little or no official records or documentation existing on this amazing phenomenon of the flea market. The first reference to the term “Flea Market” appeared in two conflicting stories about a location in Paris, France in the 1860’s known as the marche aux puces, translation, “Flea Market”.
The traditional and most publicized story is in the article “What Is A Flea Market?” by Albert LaFarge in the 1998 winter edition of Today’s Flea Market magazine. In his article LaFarge says, “There is a general agreement that the term Flea Market is a literal translation of the French marche aux puces, an outdoor bazaar in Paris, France.”
“Regardless of the origin or the definition of flea market, I have never heard of anyone who did not love to go to a marche aux puces.”
Flea Markets are the incubators and breeding grounds of entrepreneurs that represent the Free Enterprise System and they are the representatives and protectors of an American way of life. Flea markets are the only opportunity available for a person to start a business without a large layout of capital and long term commitments.
Stop by the Moors Flea Maket at The Moors Club Center on Saturday, March 23 and enjoy a day of fun!