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The San Alejo Flea Market's Wonderful Jumble

Posing for a portrait with an old box camera.

I always enjoy the San Alejo flea market because of its random, quirky and always interesting mix of STUFF - ranging from the old and beautiful, to the new and zany, to the simply practical, to the artsy and useless.

And most of it's cheap, too.

The flea market, which generally happens on Sundays and Monday holidays, is located in the parking lot between the Modern Art Museum and Ave. Septima, just south of 26th St.

Walk through its crowded passageways and you'll stumble on antique clocks and tools, leaf through paperback novels, wonder what a rusty old hand tool was for, get photographed with an ancient box camera, taste some coca tea, try on retro fashion, haggle over a pair of jeans, find that vinyl Julio Iglesias record your mother listened to, taste a weird fruit juice, and generally have fun.

Nearby, you can also visit the Modern Art Museum next door, Independence Park on the other side of 26th St. and the bullfighting stadium and the National Museum, a few blocks north along Ave. Septima. Above Independence Park is La Macarena, a trendy neighborhood of restaurants, shops and art galleries.

Old vinyl records still go round here.


Retro fashion for sale.


Tea, cookies, soft drinks and wine - all legal - made from coca leaves.


Old silver. But maybe that's not really silver.


Colorful Colombian fruits and juices.


Cocoanut with sugar cane for sale by the market's entrance.


Colombian clocks.


Stamps from Brazil.


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