Jäähallin Kirpputori or Ice rink Flea Market in English, is organized couple of times a month and it usually is packed with sellers. As you already know, I spent all my “profits” last weekend but plenty more got left behind. I took some pictures to show what kind of stuff is sold in there, just in case some of you are planning to visit Helsinki and could use the info.
I’ve been lusting after those peacock shakers forever and they keep popping up in various flea markets BUT they are expensive. They are gorgeous and they are russian. The Moscow Olympics mascot is adorable. They also can be found now and then at flea markets and I wouldn’t mind having one. It is reminiscent of those Eastern Block animations I watched as a kid.
Oldies but goodies. In Helsinki it’s very difficult to find a bargain regarding beautiful old mechanics. The sellers really know their stuff and price them accordingly. The colourful jars are vintage ski lubricants. Reminds me of school ski trips (cross county, not the cool kind). Oh, the traumas I have to live with…
Vintage Christmas elves! I don’t know if these are adorable or horrifying. Could be both. 5 euros a pop seems bit on the pricier side but if you think about how much brand new decorations cost, it doesn’t seem so much. At least these have a real stories behind them. Personally I’d display these with glitter houses.
In most flea markets in Finland, one can find new crafts as well. The most popular items are wool socks and hats. Well, the hemisphere we live in kind of explains it. They are always insanely cheap and I keep wanting to tell the people (usually retirees) to charge more. 7 to 15 euros for a pair of woollen goodness is a bargain.
From socks to shoes, there’s a young woman who sells quite frequently shoes and other fashion items. Didn’t check the prices but I talked with her and she has an online store. I asked her to contact me so I can post the link but I haven’t heard from her yet.
- Children’s clothes, toys and other accessories
- Decorative items
- Arabia, Iittala and other Finnish objets de art
- Fabrics and other supplies
- Crafting supplies
If you have any questions, suggestions or anything really, you can contact me by either leaving a comment or by sending me an e-mail to ThriftyFinn(at)gmail.com