There is always that one Saturday in April in Munich. Only once a year. And it is a Saturday when I am all excited and happy to rise and shine early in the morning. That Saturday was last weekend here in Munich. It was the big annual flea market on the Theresienwiese, the location where the famous Oktoberfest takes place every autumn. This huge space was occupied by more than 8,000 vendors this weekend selling junk and gems alike.
Despite my numerous travels I always try to be in Munich that specific weekend. And I have almost a tradition of going to the flea market with a good friend of mine. We meet up early in the morning (ok not that early but this time it was 7:45 a.m.), we grab a cup of coffee and off we go to roam one of Germany’s biggest flea markets. The weather forecast was pretty gloomy last weekend but finally we were lucky – brigh sunshine and mild temperatures woke me up and accompanied us all morning at the flea market.
This huge flea market is organized by the German Red Cross and it is a real challenge – trying to explore it strategically proves more than difficult. In fact I always give up after half an hour. Too many rows, too many stands, too many bypassers to strategically walk down lane by lane. Instead you immerse yourself in a real flea market experience: Walk randomly and prepare for the hunt! My friend and I have also another tradition – we call it ‘breaking the spell’, that is literally the first bargain you make. Once there’s a little goodie in your bag that you bargained successfully, you are all ready and set to continue your shopping spree.
This year was pretty successful – I only spent 23 Euros and scored four long-play discs, one ceramic bowl, a small framed vintage painting, a wooden bird bowl (perfect for my airplant), a handmade mini tajine dish and a ceramic cup from the 1950s, the new home for my little cactus. Now I just need to find the ideal spots for my new treasures – I will do so while listening to Tanita Tikaram’s ‘Twist in my sobriety’. Oh hello good ol’ times! Oh and if you want to join me in 2017, mark you calendar in April 2017, the exact date is not yet set!
iPhone photography by Igor Josifovic