One of my favorite things to do in Romania is go to the local piaţă (pee-YAHT-sa), which is basically like a flea market. Both local and traveling vendors bring their goods to the piaţă each week. Different towns in Romania each have their piaţă on different days of the week, making it convenient for traveling vendors whose incomes rely solely on their profits made at the piaţă.
Below is a picture of a market area the day before piaţă. On Thursdays in this particular town, this entire area is flooded with people.
Like a flea market in America, a piaţă typically lasts only from sunup until about midday. People sell all sorts of things such as fruits and vegetables, shoes and clothes, tools, artwork… you name it! But at around lunchtime, people start packing up their things to leave.
It’s not uncommon to see large selections of produce on the streets during piaţă. You can typically get a lebeniţă (watermelon) for very cheap!
Unfortunately these are the only two piaţă-related pictures I have, mainly because I don’t like lugging my camera around there since I know I never return from the piaţă empty-handed. I’ve bought things from the piaţă such as keychains, fruit, jewelry… all for really affordable prices. This summer I found a beautiful gypsy-style skirt there for the equivalent of 1 USD!
If you ever go to Romania, I highly recommend checking out each piaţă you come across. You can get some really great deals on souvenirs, clothes, and delicious foods! And if you’ve never been to a “flea market” before at all in your own country, you should find one near where you live asap; you never know what treasures you might find!
So what about you? Do you enjoy going to markets such as these, or do you prefer going to a store to buy what you need?