Why do we call it a Flea Market???

United States
@Kowgirl (3498)
December 31, 2007 8:29am CST
I may be the only person who questions the English language so often but some of the words that identify other things just amaze me. Yesterday we went to the Flea Market to purchase some fresh home grown food. While walinkg around we saw almost anything you could think of. I asked my friend "Why do they call it a Flea Market?" She just shrugged her shoulders and replied "I don't know" Then I got to wondering, When and where did Flea Markets get started? So help me out here Mylotters...When did they start? And why do we call it a flea market?