The same diversity that the Illes Balears offer at a cultural level is also evident in crafts. You can buy arts and crafts in glass, ceramics, embroidery, fabrics, shoes, leather, silverware, trinkets, jewellery, pearls, all the latest trends in fashion and all those things that artists from round about have introduced alongside the traditions of the Illes Balears.

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Leather Goods

For decades, the quality and innovative design of leather goods made in and exported from the Balearic Islands have made them famous all over the world.
Today, not only can visitors purchase these products in a variety of shops in the Balearic Islands, they can also visit the many display rooms and shops at the factories' company headquarters to discover the artisan and industrial tradition behind the Islands' world-renown brands and artfully designed, top-quality leather items.

Glasswork Handicrafts

Molten masses from Mallorca's glass kilns continue to keep glasswork alive after centuries of history. Unique pieces modelled by master glassblowers at their factories who follow a tradition that has remained practically unchanged down the years.
In addition to finding handmade pieces of all kinds, visitors can watch these glassmakers at work in the island's glass factories. The heated masses are blown or moulded right before your eyes and the colours and features artists endow upon their work appear as if by magic. A process that is a show in itself which produces beautiful and practical objects.

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Quality artificial pearl manufacturing has made the islands world-famous.
The first pearl factory was founded in Manacor in the late nineteenth-century and in time became an international reference point for artificial pearls. The factory was a pioneer in the industry, which was developed in the city and made the phrase 'Mallorcan pearls' synonymous with quality all over the globe.

The Consell flea market

There was no tradition of flea markets in Mallorca until, a few years ago, an Australian began to introduce this method of buying and selling in the towns. The first one was in Consell, where every Sunday morning hundreds of stalls fill its industrial estate with colour.
In 1994 John Douglas was an australian landowner who worked in London as the marketing manager of a multinational company. But a holiday in Mallorca changed his destiny; one year later he decided to leave his top executive job and settle down in Consell.

The idea of the flea market would come later. One Sunday he went to the town's industrial estate and set up six tables filled with objects which he had collected over the course of his life. He did this for three months consecutively, without anyone trying to imitate him, and with such a scarce influx of clients that he sometimes went home without having sold a single article.

The flea market now brings together more than three hundred stalls and there are many which cannot be set up there because there is not enough space. Its success has encouraged other town halls on the island to copy the initiative, with Douglas as their advisor.

At half past seven in the morning they begin to set up the stalls, after paying an entrance fee. Many of the sellers are foreigners, older couples who have settled in Mallorca and decide to get rid of some of their possessions in return for some financial profit. Others are young people who have rummaged around in attics and basements to offer all sort of unlikely objects.

Everyday articles and surprising objects

The antiquarians have become aware of the benefits of this flea market, which can bring together more than seven thousand people every Sunday. Some of them bring part of their stock here, although they maintain shop prices.

It is very pleasant and comfortable to walk around, as the stalls are lined along the length and breadth of spacious streets, which prevents crowding from occurring. The variety of articles is endless: second hand clothes, furniture, lamps, doors, tools, paintings, records, books, a screw which appears completely useless... The normal things found in a flea market.

However, you can also find some less common items, such as an antique machine used for making noodles, or an 1897 photographic camera with the name J.L. Lancaster on it. And for those who also want to take a break in the midst of such a display of curiosities, there is a food and drinks stall set up in a nearby street.

Consell Town Hall: +(34) 971 622 095. The industrial estate is at the entrance of the town, when coming from Palma along the road from Inca. It has a spacious car park. You can get there by train in under 20 minutes

Category: Mallorca Life