08 September 2012

The new fleas

The Copenhagen flea market culture is blooming and evolving fast, and my favorite part is the re-thinking. The dinosaurs of the flea market business have been churning out identical markets for decades, using the same tired recipe: it starts way too early (get there at 7am to fight the professional buyers, if you are serious), and stops by the time you roll out of bed finish brunch and are ready to go. By the time the spenders come out, the sellers are cranky and at 2pm they're packing up and leaving. If it is held indoors, they charge a steep entrance fee, and if there is food, expect no better than crappy hot dogs or white toast. Utterly uninventive.

Enter my favorite of all Copenhagen flea markets: Rita Blå's Lopper (Rita Blue's Fleas):


Introducing the evening fleas in winter, with great affordable food, DJ's and free entrance. And in the summertime the outdoor fleas starting at noon, stretching into the early evening. Taking the fleas to the next step also means a mixed attendance, with artists and designers displaying work and people selling home baked cakes along with the stuff from the attic. Crazy cosy! And already an inspiration to others.

Here's a cosy set of flyers from a different flea market:

Untitled

Untitled

Oh, and the dinosaur flea planners? Still asleep at the wheel. But you knew that already, didn't you? 


14 comments:

  1. Hah, du har så ret! Jeg kom akkurat for sent til loppemarkedet på Balders Plads i sidste weekend. Alle var ved at pakke sammen, så jeg orkede ikke købe noget under stress.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ja! De er altid VILDT sure, især på Frederiksberg og Israels Plads, man føler næsten at man skal sige undskyld fordi man kigger. Kunne de ikke bare sove ud og holde eftermiddagsåbent? Det er sgu' da ikke raketvidenskab? Haha. Elsker Rita's.

      Delete
  2. I LOVE loppemarkeds- aimless browsing, coffee in hand, making the most of an acceptable sort or voyeurism ;) How cozy! So glad to see that the block was so temporary!
    Big hugs to you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love the fleas too. Except the Copenhagen ones have too much new crap now, all the good vintage stuff is scarce and scooped up by secondhand stores. I miss the big markets in New York, ah. Or the French ones, they still have plenty of messy old stuff. But just walking through it slowly, with a good cup of coffee, it is the best. :D

      And I am so relieved that my vocabulary returned, I hope it lasts, haha.

      Delete
  3. Kender ikke Ritas. Men det lyder skisme som en god idé! Yay.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hun har bare introduceret en helt ny måde at afholde loppemarked på. Så tiltrængt. Næste gang hun holder et, er først i december, men man kan jo evt. selv banke et op, hvis man får abstinenser. Og ellers orker.

      Delete
  4. I love the new kind of lea markets, like in NY for instance.... so cool. It seemed that they were in Berlin too!
    Was that painting in the last post one of your creations?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I think the model is inspired by the way they do it in other big cities. For us it is a new thing. It is evolving fast at the moment, today we had a national Swap Day, with drop-off stations where you could leave something/pick up anything you liked for free. And there were workshops for children, teaching them how to use old materials.

      We need more initiatives like that. I would love to arrange at least one flea market one day. Make a crazy theme, or something. :D

      (The last picture in the last post, was a painting displayed in the street, for the Copenhagen Art Festival, I don't know the name of the artist. But I did make the "big mouth" on top of my page, out of acrylic paint and paper.)

      Delete
  5. How do I find out about the Rita flea markets?!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I always put up a flyer on the side of the blog, when I know it is on. Next one is not until December. On one of the flyers above, you find an email, for booking a stall: loppebod@gmail.com . I don't know if it is still good.

      If you google Rita Blå's Lopper, you will find her facebook page. I never link to facebook, because it is a closed community, where you need an account to get in. Not everybody has one.

      I hope that helps. :-)

      Delete
  6. Hold op med at bruge 'crazy' som et tillægsord. Det er crazy irriterende.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tak for feedback. Det skal jeg klart overveje. Kender godt det der med at noget går en på nerverne. Synes selv at det er crazy kyllingeagtigt at smide den slags kommentarer anonymt. Stå dog inde for det, menneske.

      Delete
    2. Eller, hvad med at du laver din egen blog hvor du kan bruge alle dine favorit ord? Og så kan du måske lade andre bruge de ord de godt kan lide på deres blogs? Ha, fantastisk idé, synes jeg selv! Crazy god, faktisk!

      Delete
    3. Hahaha, Amalie, du er så go! ♥

      Delete

I love comments! Go ahead, make my day. :-)