Living With Flea Markets

Artist: Stephen Pastis*

Why are they called “flea markets”?

Etymologists do not agree on an undisputed source. Some attribute “Flea Market” to the outdoor bazaar of 1880s Paris, France which was described as “le marché aux puces” which literally translates into “Market of Fleas”. This is a supposedly derisive term indicating that articles sold there might be infested with fleas.

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Source: Living With Insects Blog

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