FINNISHED! / flea market
I had to make a quick visit to Kemi, my hometown for my great uncles funeral. I had only a couple of days time so I didn't have time to do much. But here some greetings from the Northern Finland!
I always go for a flea market tour in Kemi with my goddaughter Liisa who also is my official second hand clothing stylist who never says no to even crazy ideas...as long as they look good on me!
This time we only had like two hours and as you maybe very well know: that is totally not enough time. But I managed to find something though. A dress, two belts (one for using and one for the pyramid stud earrings) and cartoon clips for making maybe earrings.
Here's my home street in the midday sun. Finally light in the North as well. Really pretty indeed!
For RokRokInc. jewelry I got from my friend Raija some amazing stuff that she found from her storage. Take a look!
In the end I had also time for a couple of glasses of wine with in the moonlight that shone really bright that night.
Kemi is an coastal city in the Northern Finland. This is how it looks in the winter.
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...?
I love Sunday flea markets specially in the summer. It's nice to have a reason to get up early and do some relaxed secondhand shopping. This time I tried Veturitalli and Kattilahalli Sunday flea markets. Both venues are superb and have just the perfect touch for this kind of action: trendy rust and rugged charm.
Veturitalli has in addition to the market a cute outdoor cafe with a brunch plate outside. As a big big plus for Veturitalli I would count that they are planning to have one part of the market specially for handmade design products. This place just started and it has many possibilities and I hope they would do the marketing right (also considering the handmade products) because at the moment Helsinki really is missing (surprisingly!) a market where you could sell and buy handmade stuff. I totally support the idea, of course!
You can enjoy both breakfast and shopping at Veturitalli flea market. I hope the
idea of dedicating one part of the market to handmade stuff would really take off!
Kattilahalli then again, maybe gathers even more trendy folk and you might have to wait in line for getting in. But at least this time we didn't need to queue too long. The place is kind of tight so you need some nerves if you're there during the busy hours.
And all in all, these both venues could have a great potential for German style night flea markets. I mean from five till midnight, secondhand, handmade, live music, beer and easy snacks. I so miss that!
Kattilahalli flea market happens in an old factory building. You can buy
coffee and waffles outside and the place is obviously kid friendly!
Kaivarin Kanuuna is now one of the newest and hottest flea market spots in Helsinki. What makes it so special is maybe the location and/or maybe the premises. It’s a big bunker full of stuff (mostly ok quality, both more expensive and not so) but when you step outside you’re in the middle of one of the prettiest places in Helsinki. (Read more on that: UrbanToursHelsinki - Kaivari)
You should definitely check this out, at least if you happen to go around there anyway.
Helsinki is full of flea market shops and I will start to introduce them to you all. Here the fist set of the shops that are located near to our home in Vallila quarter which in my opinion has a great possibility become the new interesting and hip area in Helsinki. ...Oh well, maybe in ten years time. So anyway, here is how we do the "half a day Vallila flea market route" with my friend Terhi.
- Löytöretki (Mäkelänkatu 56) is a selfservice flea market and has hardly ever anything good, too high prices and is messy. Still I check it just in case.
- Emmaus (Mäkelänkatu 54) is one of my true favorites. It is clean, well organized and has quite good quality of items. They have a bit of clothes but mostly wares. They also have a sewing corner and an upcycling and vintage section.
- Perintöpuoti (Mäkelänkatu 34) is small and a bit expensive. Good selection of books (in Finnish) and glass wares, also vintage pieces from some Finnish designer labels.
- Samaria (Sturenkatu 37-41) is small, full and messy and feels a bit dirty. Mostly not well selected products. In addition the crumpy customer service drives you away pretty soon. But if you can take all that, you could find one or two interesting things with time and effort.
- Vastuukirppis (Hämeentie 75) has somehow a comfortable feeling even though it is not a high quality flea market.
- Metka (Hämeentie 78) is a self service flea market so you never know what you can find and for which prices. But it is big enough to have some variety. I love it because its customer service. The lady at the counter is always nice and smiling.
- Fida, Sörnäinen (Hämeentie 31) is quite large and has a wide selection of both clothes and wares and even furniture. But sometimes I get there clammy service so it is not my favorite. Not the lowest prices.
Emmaus has seasonal sales and that makes it even better.
The coasters in the new bar K*urvi in Kallio say:
"drink yourself funny", "Maybe one more?",
"Write here your excuses to drink one more".
Today morning I was selling some stuff away at the Olympiapark flea market that is maybe the most known and definitely biggest flea market in Munich. If there are no bigger happenings going on, the market is open every Friday and Saturday from 7am to 4 pm but basically people start packing about at 1 pm. That also means that if you are going to sell, you should be there early. Specially on Saturdays and during the summer when the place is packed. Fridays in general are more quiet and of course there's nobody if the weather is unbearable.
Olympiapark is a real old school basic flea market. And this is what I like about it. There's a lot of "professional" sellers but also one timers emptying their closets. The price range vary of course depending on the seller but I think it is about like it should be. And you can always offer the price you think would be suitable. Majority of the customers are different foreigners and the rest flea market lovers and people passing by during their morning walk.
My sales was not particularly successful as the customers were mostly
old men looking for tools and so there was no market for my stuff but
the weather was perfect and my neighbor was super fun and nice.
Yesterday the RokRokInc. Outlet was open at the first Midnightbazar of the season. Feeling was good although people are seemingly still at the holidays here in Munich as the place was not as full as usually. But then again that just makes the shopping more comfortable.
I didn't have time to go through the offerings but I still managed to get a quick picture of my fleamarket friend Viktor who is the sweetest Bavarian man ever. And by the way, Viktor sells marvelous authentic 50's-80's. You just have to see them, it's like a candy store! (I forgot to take a picture of the jewelries but I'll add it here later.)
Yesterday I started the market season again after the summer vacation in the Nachtkonsum Zündapphalle and what I like about this place is that it spacious and well lighted so it is comfortable to shop there.
And it was great to see so many friends there again! And for example Antonia here also bought a custom bike. So cool! And notice the Augustiner beer bottle in the bottle holder and the matching Augustiner earrings. :D
Augustiner is the most popular beer in Münich. ...If it's the best one, about that there are many opinions.
Kleidermarkt München (Tal 30, 80331 Munich) looks great, is spacious and organized, has three storeys and has somewhat well chosen products...but: again is is way too expensive. From some pieces you can pay a bit more if there is something special in them but 20 euros for a basic jeans skirt that was originally bought from H&M for less than that really does make any sense. Just annoying.It looks nice but I wouldn't buy anything already just for the principle: recycled clothing
has to be cheaper than the equivalent new product unless it is vintage or somehow special.
One of my favorite recycling shops in Munich is the Diakonia Kaufhaus at Dachauer Straße 192. The Kaufhaus is quite big and spacious. Their main business lies in furniture recycling but they have also music, kitchen ware, glassware, some clothing, sewing equipment and children's toys and games. Classware here is quite good but in clothes they should maybe have a younger specialist to choose the pieces because the selection is really not so appealing.
Diakonia Kaufhaus is not a trendy second hand shopping experience but what I like in this shop is that it's always clean, light, comfortable and well organized. The workers are nice and warm and the stuff always in good condition. The price rate is usually reasonable and sometimes it might be possible to ask for a multibuy discounts.
The other shoppers are mostly hearty people as well. For example today an older lady asked me if I can sew because I was going through the buttons (as usual). As I told that in fact I also do knitting, crocheting and crafting, our discussion went further from the lack of nowadays handicraft tradition in Munich via my grandmother to our porcelain repaired teeth. Lovely!Christoph, my favorite employee with my favorite productsin my favorite second hand shop.