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The settings for some of Switzerland's flea markets are just as interesting as the objects for sale. Zurich-based photographer Marvin Zilm visited different markets across the country.

The markets are worlds apart from each other depending on the clientele. For Zilm, the most beautiful market was in Aarberg, the craziest in Bern and the most elegant in Lugano.

The Swiss have always been judicious with their resources, and passing on vintage items was always popular. Today many consumers are tiring of society's throw-away mentality and are interested in buying things that last. Such retro products are cheaper, often also unique, more robust and stylish.

Flea markets and second-hand shops used to be just for specialists, historians and collectors. Today, visitors to the flea markets include families with children, students, pensioners but also wealthy young professionals interested in fashion and design. The most popular goods are vintage clothes, lamps, chairs and ceramics.

(Images: Marvin Zilm/13 Photo, Text: Chantal Britt/

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