The first edition of the "Mostra Mercato dell'Antiquariato e dell'Artigianato" was organized in 1983.
This street fair has become over time an important event in the summer of Fermo.
It takes place every Thursday in July and August in the historic town centre. Objects of various kinds are shown on the stalls: from antique furniture to porcelains, from clothes to antique toys, from silverware to costume jewellery, from discs to coins, from stamps to books and much more.
This fair takes place in Piazza del Popolo, along Viale Vittorio Veneto (better known as Strada Nuova), Corso Cefalonia and in Piazzale Azzolino.
Children, who have a dedicated space in Viale Vittorio Veneto, start to arrive already around noon and, with the attitude of adults, occupy a place under the midday heat to sell everything they have in their attics: collectible objects, old toys, books, films or cartoons.
It is important to say, however, that children’s fair is very popular even among adults, who often do big business finding just what they were looking for, to make a gift to their children or grandchildren, or for themselves.
Some of the enthusiasts arrive early, before the crowd, when the streets are still quiet and exhibitors are more available to give advice: customers can easily look, ask, touch and decide whether to buy or not. This is where the magic of this street fair lie, and it’s worth experiencing it before the streets start to liven up and you get lost in the curious, chatty and sometimes distracted crowd strolling around. Between 9 and 11 p.m., the liveliness reaches its peak and walking and getting through the crowd that chats and watches around become almost difficult.
In short, it is a fair not to be missed, for the occasions it offers galore, for the lively and relaxed atmosphere, for the opportunity to reach the beautiful historic centre more easily since a new lift that connects the car parks of Via XX September to Viale Vittorio Veneto has been inaugurated.
In its history, this event has reached over 20,000 visitors.