By Susan Harper
Public television did a remarkable thing last week: a flea market documentary. I’m still trying to figure out why I found it so fascinating. I literally couldn’t take my eyes off of it.
Open-air markets are almost as old as the human race, but apparently it was the French who realized that you didn’t have to sell only new stuff – that people might pay you for something that you’ve already enjoyed but are now ready to give up -- and also the French who discovered that some of these pre-enjoyed possessions might have critters in them! (Eew.) Their marché aux puces (literally, “market of fleas”) dates back to the time of the Emperor Napoleon III and still draws a crowd.