GERMANY-BERLIN FLEA MARKETS VS BOTSWANA FLEA MARKETS
One Sunday morning, While in Berlin, we decided to do some frugal shopping in Manuerpark- a flea market nearby our hotel. Met by Culture buffs, enticing performances, art nuts, fashion lovers and foodies, we made our way to the “street style party”. I could not help it but compare it to our very own here in Botswana, BBS (BOCCIM) flea market. I noticed that, in BERLIN flea markets are like a carnival festival but oldie clothed. Quick, think of the hottest summer festival and a fashion swap. Yes. One big street style party- with different people of different races, fashion misses and hits, Younger hipsters, bargain hunters, treasure hunters and happy hippies strolling through their Sunday.
There is an irie mix of vintage, art, music and fashion, ranging from junk via antiques to kitsch- something for all shapes,tastes and pockets. Not only does the flea marvel in clothing, furniture and household trade but also in cultural artefacts, to performances by the Berliners, which are of particular delight to a creative individual. One huge noticeable difference between Botswana and Berlin flea market is that the berlin flea brings people together, the atmosphere is to appreciate the inherent cycles of all creations, to find new information in the repetition of a familiar object or practice. I must add that i felt at home as the Berliners have no shame in buying in flea markets. I guess the combined effort to produce a diverse display of culture baggage,handcrafted artefacts that represent the creative essence of Berlin make the atmosphere more of a conversation rather than a monologue, perfectly. Inspired by the set up, Young designers also display their works/collections at the flea market too- Aspects that Botswana flea market could incorporate! All in all, this one Berlin flea market is not only for trade, but of course for a great BBQ,enticed chill and laugh thorough-out a sunny Saturday or Sunday afternoon. ONE ADVISE IS, Be prepared to haggle, and don’t let the traders rip you off for being a tourist. While haggling my way through these pieces, I swear I saw ROSE’s neck-piece from TITANIC, in some of those vintage accessories stalls!:)
FLEA MARKET SHOPPING tips
• Go shopping on a full stomach so that you don’t waste cash on buying food.
• Best buys are usually uncovered in the mornings.
• Be prepared to stroll around and browse on history.
• A charming smile should nearly always curry you good favour! 🙂
side note: hey, What’s German for “I am a Vintage HO???”..:)
till next time.. because i got more!!