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