Flea Market in Munich

April 18, 2016 3

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Munich, flea market, Riesenflohmarkt, München, vintage, home decor, home accessories

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.

Munich, flea market, Riesenflohmarkt, München, vintage, home decor, home accessories

Munich, flea market, Riesenflohmarkt, München, vintage, home decor, home accessories

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.

Munich, flea market, Riesenflohmarkt, München, vintage, home decor, home accessories

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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.

Munich, flea market, Riesenflohmarkt, München, vintage, home decor, home accessories

Munich, flea market, Riesenflohmarkt, München, vintage, home decor, home accessories

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

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  • Reply Sarah April 18, 2016 at 12:23

    Nice… muss ich mir unbedingt mal in meinen Kalender eintragen.
    Für die Bird Bowl beneide ich Dich ganz heftig, Igor 🙂

    • Reply Igor April 18, 2016 at 13:58

      Die ist süß, oder? 4 Euro!!! Und perfekt für meine Luftpflanze:-)

  • Reply Yvonne April 18, 2016 at 12:27

    Flashdance and Sade, hello I’m coming over for a party!!

    • Reply Igor April 18, 2016 at 13:57

      Hello 1980s!! Put your dancing shoes on!

  • Reply Huub Ricardo April 18, 2016 at 17:08

    I always try to skip blogpost like these cause I live on Curacao and everytime i see these i go crazy. love flea markets. they don’t have them like this with actually great stuff to buy. i can’t even imagine going and just remember i got only 23 kilo to bring with KLM. but still love the post though 🙂

    • Reply Igor April 18, 2016 at 18:55

      I know what you mean! I just had a friend visiting from Canada and he was also fascinated by all the thrift stores we have here – apparently with better finds than in Canada. But then again you have beaches, I have flea markets. Hahaha. We got both something to long for!

  • Reply Yvonne April 18, 2016 at 18:20

    Totally with you on the 80’s tunes 😉 Such a BIG fleamarket! And wonderful scores.
    There’s a huge annual flea market in Lille too, I’ve been meaning to go for years… It’s September 4 and 5. HUGE. Maybe this year. Ha. Just thought I’d give you the tip, in case you wanted to visit. Have a good week!

    • Reply Igor April 18, 2016 at 18:54

      Ah I know about the Lille flea market, Judith keeps telling me about it!! Well maybe we should all make a flea market date in Lille:-) The only obstacle is mostly the timing as I am rather busy at work in early September…but I’ll keep an eye on it!

  • Reply Amy @apidaecandles April 19, 2016 at 11:43

    Ah, the hunt. I love it too. Igor, have you ever been to the grenzüberschreitender Flohmarkt Konstanz / Kreuzlingen? It goes all night long, kilometers of treasure in two countries! June 4 and 5th this year.

    • Reply Igor April 19, 2016 at 13:07

      Not yet! I didn’t even know about it!!! Very intriguing!

  • Reply Yvonne April 19, 2016 at 21:13

    Ha, of course Judith would know about it! That would be so fun! Oh I know, time… Mark your calendar anyway, you never know 😉

  • Reply Inge April 20, 2016 at 17:06

    Love your blog, Igor.
    The treasures you found this time look so “in tune” with each other. Don’t seperate them.
    Instead you can create little displays……for every year one. And then see if your “theme” changes or stays more or less the same.
    Happy exploring.

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