On May Day weekend I visited Mise's family's summer house in eastern Finland. My objective for the weekend was A) to find brain mushrooms B) to check out the flea markets in Mikkeli. Did them both!
The spring offers a delicious danger in a form of the brain mushrooms. But as I'm always living in the danger zone (haha) I was brave enough to pick them when I found a perfect place. So, I did the parboiling as instructed and now they should be ok to eat. I hope.
B) FLEA MARKETS IN MIKKELI
I have to say that Flea market scene in Mikkeli has not found its best – yet at least. They have quite many flea markets there but the quality – price ratio is not the best and cleanliness could be better as well. And maybe because they are closer to the Russian boarder I found way too much brand new kitschy crap on sale there.
Ekotori: clean – prices ok – best vibe
Clearly the best location. Upstairs they have cute old furniture and glassware. Clean and tidy. Downstairs they have the market place that has good possibilities if they would tidy a bit and choose better quality clothes to sell. Prices were in general ok though I would not pay a cent more than I did.
Reaalikirppis: self service – pricy – kids clothing
Big location but clearly when people get to give prices to their own emotional valuable stuff they tend to put the prices way too high. The place was full of people so it seems that locals are happy with the offering. In general my feeling was: not worth it. (Also the website is too weird to even link here.)
Wilma ja Vihtori: Good possibilities – too messy – expensive
Flea market cafe is basically a great idea. But it needs the right atmosphere, design and taste. Did this place have that style besides the name. Noup.
Fida Mikkeli: vapid – pricy – religious
In Fida they really seemed to want to keep their stuff. I would have bought for example mixed old useless Nokia phone earphones that most possibly are also broken. But no, they didn't want to negotiate on the price. So I figured that if like them so much, it's best if the keep them. :D
Valuable retro clothing...?