The flea market is a powerful metaphor for a world without borders. Here people rub shoulders who would have no occasion, otherwise, to meet. There are also things rarely found in the same place: Chinese knock-off Nikes and Soviet military medals. And it is the Pakistanis selling the Soviet medals, while the Poles are hawking the Chinese Nikes. The flea market is both a place of myth and a meeting point. 

Ugrešić, D. (2006), trans. Elias-Bursać, E. Nobody's Home. London: Telegram, p. 13.