The theme of things offered on the flea market is quite unique, unlike the normal market there are different rules. In the flea market you can find almost anything, you can remember. Things as diverse as a 30-year-old mixer or brochure, washing powder or Wallachian cakes, tires or old books, so I could go on endlessly. But all of these things combine one thing in the eyes of shoppers, even though the shoppers themselves do not form a single group with the same interests and goals and the market can perceive differently. One could say that what they are all about is the desire to find a real treasure here. It does not matter if it is a good package of biscuits or old glass at a low price, it is important to get the thing you want in the most convenient way. And the word advantageous here plays a significant role. We have to take into account that if something is good, it is not a generally valid property, but rather a set of several factors (economic, aesthetic, emotional, etc.) that define the situation individually for each individual. When we talk about second-hand things, the question of the value of things and, therefore, the benefits of buying them becomes even more complex.
The things on the market are usually spoken as commodities. From a flea market perspective, however, this is again quite specific and there is no exact definition. There are also things that cannot be a commodity by nature, and if they happen, they will lose by their very nature what they have been different from other things. Such things include, for example, various religious subjects. Some scientists are likely to include these items in a special group of commodities called "commodities by diversion" and which forms a subgroup of so-called "commodities by metamorphosis", whose main feature is that, although originally it is things that did not have the status of a commodity, nevertheless happened to them. In addition to this group, there is also a group of commodities by destination, primarily commodities and ex-commodities.
Thus, we can see commodification as a process that results from the interaction of time, cultural and social factors. All of these factors are exacerbated in the flea markets. However, before I get to specific examples, there are still some specificities that are linked to commodity markets. Already above, it has been said that under certain circumstances they can become commodities and knowledge, and they play a significant role in flea markets on several levels. The use of knowledge confirms and shows it in its commercial form - that, during trading, the advantage for one often means loss to another.
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