Prague’s Vysočany flea market has always been a popular destination for locals and visitors. However, this year’s summer season has seen a record-breaking number of visitors, with a 20% increase in customers compared to last year. According to Lukáš Svoboda, the flea market owner, the surge in visitors can be attributed to a shift in society’s interests.
The flea market offers various products ranging from food to clothing to electronics, with food being the most popular among visitors. The market is a haven for foodies, offering a vast selection of meats, including gothaj salami, priced at 89 CZK per kilogram, cheaper than the average price of 90-129 CZK in stores. Visitors can also find different types of sausages and hot dogs at the market, with large packages sold for as low as 69.90 CZK. In addition to food, the market also attracts collectors and antique dealers who search for unique items.
Despite the market’s popularity, it faces the threat of closure due to zoning issues. ISvoboda expressed his concerns about the future of the market and the impact its closure could have on the community. The market has been a fixture in the community for decades, and its closure could lead to the loss of hundreds of jobs.
The flea market’s popularity has not gone unnoticed and has become a topic of interest for researchers. The market provides a unique opportunity to study the behavior of consumers and the impact of social changes on their purchasing habits. Researchers can observe the market’s visitors and analyze their behavior to gain insights into the factors that influence consumer decision-making.