Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Let's go thrifting: 2 fleamarkets in 2 days...

I am not the one for going partying. The wrong music combined with my habit to sleep at night do simply not add up to something desirable. So this is not the reason to look forward to weekends. But on weekends, especially on Sundays are always flea markets, and this weekend I went a bit crazy by visiting two...

So, I will start off by showing the things I got, before giving a short review on the two markets, so everyone not being able to come around Cologne and Bonn can easily skip that.

What I got:

1. Pants, 1,50 € I call these trousers "military pants for ecos"... yeah. They do not fit perfectly + they are not really my style, but I kind of fell in love with the wood optic and thought about styling them with DocMartens (in dark green) and one of my future DIY.
2. Blouse, 2 € Normally I avoid buying H&M things, since event though they are then out of season I feel like not finding anything special, but I love dots +greys+ I wore something similar during my graduation ceremony and got nostalgic.
3. Lace crop top, 1 € White is not my color, but loved it. End of the story. Oh, it is see-through in the back, but there is fabric underneath the front.
4. Fabric color in dark green + red, 2 € Desperate buy much.
5. Black shirt I, 2 € I was looking for a slightly oversized black shirt and they all wanted 2 - 3 €, too much as I thought. So when the lady said 1, I was like: Getting that. Apparently I misunderstood her, she wanted 3, I ended up giving her 2 and still do regret this buy...
6. Black shirt II, 0,5 € I bought this just after black shirt, but this one was quite a bargain and the perfect cut I looked for, so I had to get it^^

Conclusion: I am really happy with the things I got especially the lace top is quite cool since it is officially summer for one day now and I can get away wearing it with high waisted stuff. Yes, I do regret the first black shirt, but one can never have enough basics and I will survive the loss of 2 Euros. All in all I believe I did pretty good by not spending too much and I know why I love going thrifting...^^

The markets:
Both fleamarkets I visited were organized by nachtkonsum and you have to pay 3 Euro to get in. The "special" thing about these markets is that they take part later on the day or even at night, as the name "night consume" does already hint. I love that, on Saturday I was even able to go there after working till 8 pm and still was able to buy some things.

21.07.2012 "Trödel dich glücklich" ("Thrift yourself happy") in Cologne-Ehrenfeld
I've to admit this was not my first time here, but certainly one of my better. Cologne-Ehrenfeld is a part of Cologne which did change over the past 20 years through gentrification. So there are many alternative, small businesses (especially awesome cafés + my absolute favorite 2nd hand store) and therefore the typical visitor of this market is younger (up to 30.. just guessing). Ehrenfeld was once an industrial part of Cologne and the whole market takes part in an old factory hall (+ the area around it, called JACK.IN.THE.BOX) close to an old depot, which creates an awesome atmosphere for the market, especially at nighttime.
In addition to that I like the pieces offered, most of them being clothing items, so I normally spend some money here, the downside of it is that people do want quite an amount of money, but I normally do not buy stuff for more than 3, 4 Euro plus I start buying things as late as possible so the people are happy to get rid of the pieces and drop their prices... so I can live with that.
The whole market became more and more some kind of event since there is always some live music around some kind of bar and food stalls in the outside area so the market is often pretty crowded and sometimes you had problems to look at the things due to the amount of people. This time I was positively surprised by their new habit of letting only a certain amount of people into the inside area. I had to wait about 10 minutes, but then it was whole new shopping experience...

Trödel dich Glücklich, JACK.IN.THE.BOX e.V. Vogelsangerstraße 231, Leyendeckerstr. 2a, Cologne, next one is on August  11, 5 - 12 pm

22.07.2012 "Mädelsflohmarkt" ("Girl's flea market) in Bonn
The special thing about this market is, again, the idea of only female persons selling their stuff to the visitors, so finding clothes is not too surprising. I was really excited to go there and did not know the market yet and I can certainly start of by saying: Not going again. It's not the markets fault that I do not live in Bonn, so I cannot blame my longer journey on it, but it was certainly not worth it.
The location is apparently an alternative event thing, but as you can hopefully see on the pictures it does not really look too interesting or cool as the one in Ehrenfeld (Yes, I am comparing here, but hey: Same organizator!). So after standing in a queue to get in we started of in a really small entrance area, before we went upstairs to continue. I do not really know anything about the part of Bonn where the market took place, but let's just say: They did not offer my style at all. Okay, one blouse caught my eye, but not paying 15 Euro on a flea market. So the few pieces I liked were really overpriced, especially the ones with younger girls selling them, giving me the feeling that they did never enter a real flea market. So I ended up only buying fabric color, and this was more of an desperate buy since it was on the very last stall of the whole market.
Used to the whole situation in Ehrenfeld I did not exactly expect live music, but at least some food. They had some, but this was offered by the event location itself but I was not too keen on poorly made sandwiches in not too nice presentation so my poor stomach had to wait till I returned home. A lost day.

Mädelsflohmarkt, Brückenforum, Friedrich-Breuer-Straße 17, Bonn. Next one is on October 14, 15 - 20 pm

That was me talking about my favorite weekend activity, so when you are anytime around this area, check at least the first market out. And when anyone knows about great markets in Hamburg, please tell me


  1. WOOOW; i love all your finds!!! they look so great!!! I want that polka dot top asap!! wish there were more thrift stores near me!!

    love K

  2. love the lace crop top! xx