Category Archives: Flea Market

Punavuoren Patina

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Hello, hello, hello. Guess who found yet another flea market/second hand store here in Helsinki? And this one is a very nice one too!

Puavuoren Patina has been open for about a year and it’s located on SepĂ€nkatu 11, in the Punavuori neighbourhood. The closest tram stops are Eiran Sairaala and Viiskulma. Actually this isn’t too far from Hietsumarket, so you can visit both of them on a same trip. Very handy, if you are looting😉

Punavuoren patina, Helsinki, Finland, second hand store, thrift store, flea market

This is how the place looks like outside. They also have a small cafĂ© inside. With cheap coffee. Me likes. When you first go inside, you see the cash register and the cafĂ© area. Then there’s a room to the right, where the “booths” are located.

Punavuoren patina, Helsinki, Finland, second hand store, thrift store, flea market

They’ve put a lot of effort in the decor and I like it. Though I couldn’t find a fitting room there, which can be bit of a problem for some shoppers/sellers.

Punavuoren patina, Helsinki, Finland, second hand store, thrift store, flea market

There is at least one seller, who sells new items and the prices match but you can find items starting from 1 euro. In general I didn’t notice that the prices would be more expensive than anywhere else. Personally I’ve found a few flipping worthy items there.

Punavuoren patina, Helsinki, Finland, second hand store, thrift store, flea market

That basket weave purse is awesome but it’s over my pain point for a flea market find. But then again, similar bag at H&M would cost 29,90€. At least this one is unique.

Punavuoren patina, Helsinki, Finland, second hand store, thrift store, flea market

There are also quite a bit vintage items too. This box is just beautiful. Actually, some of the “booths” are vintage shelving units. Puurrrty.

Punavuoren patina, Helsinki, Finland, second hand store, thrift store, flea market

Punavuoren patina, Helsinki, Finland, second hand store, thrift store, flea market

Some regular clothing items you can find there.

Punavuoren patina, Helsinki, Finland, second hand store, thrift store, flea market, vintage Emmanuelle poster

There is also a basemen, where there are more booths. You can find the stairs behind this awesome poster, that I kind of want to have.

Over all, this is one of my favourite thrifting spots now. Their website is HERE and Facebook HERE. If you are interested in booking a table, they have a deal going on, where you get two weeks for 50/75 euros, depending on if you want a table in the basement or on the street level.

Again. Not a paid ad. Just letting you know about this place:)

-Thrifty Finn-

Zirppari. A thrift store in the heart of Kallio, Helsinki

The Sunday, 21st of February, was the last day Omakirppis Kaboom was open. The owner, Felix, is taking a well-deserved break before finding a new location but don’t be sad; there’s a replacement! Zirppari!

Kallion zirppari, thrift store in Kallio, Helsinki

Zirppari is located on Kallio’s Kolmas linja, about 5-7 minute walk from the Hakaniemi Metro station. See:

Kallio map, Kallion kartta, Zirppari

zirppari kallio Helsinki

I love the sunny stripes! Siru, the owner, is very active on social media. She updates her Instagram and Facebook daily, usually posting really cool vintage items available at the moment there.

zirppari inside, zirppari sisÀltÀ, Kallio, Helsinki

There is pretty standard thing going on. If you sell there, you get shelves and a rack. Well, over here you get a half of a double layered rack but you know the gist.

zirppari

There are 4(?) rooms filled with goods. You can find the typical things there. Vintage Finnish design, not so vintage design, high street fashion etc…The prices vary a bit. Some people sell their things very cheaply, some not. There is even a room for small furniture:

zirppari

Quite a few of the sellers from Kaboom transfered to Zirppari (me included). There are even some ‘celeb’ sellers there. Mira Luoti, a famous Finnish singer, is selling her stage wear there. The Finnish designer, Paola Suhonen, just got her things on the shelves the other day. I looove this woven dress, but alas, I would look spectacularly stupid wearing it, so I just snapped a picture.

zirppari, paola suhonen,

The photo is terrible but the colour IRL is so pretty! And what’s not to love about this 60s mod daisy? Though, one of the best items, that I regret not buying and which totally got sold was this bitchin’ Wu Tang Clan t-shirt. Yes. There has been a period in my life, where I used to listen to them. A lot. Don’t ask.

zirppari, wu-tang clan, hiphop

Kallio is filled with second hand stores, cool cafés, restaurants and bars. You can really make a day of it. Thrift like your life depends on it and then eat and drink all the money you saved by buying second hand. In fact, not too far from Zirppari, on the same street, is a café, that offers a really late lunch. Their banner on the street is the best:

winter lounge, Kallio, café

It says: eat here and neither of us will starve😀 Their website is HERE and FB HERE. I haven’t tried their food yet, but every time I walk past it and it’s open, it’s filled with people. And if you are looking to sell your own unwanted items, Zirppari has an offer going on right now; 60 euros for two weeks.

zirppari, maalistarjous

Hope to see you there:)

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. As soon as I get to it, I will be doing a post about all the second hand/thrift stores in Kallio. Keep your eyes peeled for it:) There will be a pretty map. Like the one I did about craft stores in Kamppi, HERE.

 

Second Hand Store PS22

second hand helsinki PS22

Last week I went to Helsinki to see my friend and he told me about one second hand store I’ve never been in to. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to look through everything in there but I spotted tons of good stuff. And got chatty with the owner. Of course😀

She sells pretty much everything you can think of. There’s clothing, jewellery, books, fabrics, knick-knacks, and whatnot. I ended up buying a Quality Street tin for my collection. I still haven’t found any of the rectangular ones but I think I have nearly all pre-1980 round ones. Or at least I’d like to think so.

helsinki second hand ps22

flamenco dress, second hand PS22

The place was packed, literally up to the rafters. There was also one rather fetching latex “garment” I suggested my friend should buy. He wasn’t amused. But I was plenty😀

photographic almanac 1955, second hand helsinki

She has books on sale right now. I eyed this one but decided to leave it as I don’t really have a use for it. Would look pretty in a bookshelf though. If you’d like to visit this second hand store, you can find it in the corner of Ruusulankatu and Sibeliuksenkatu in Helsinki. HERE‘s the Google streetview for the more directionally challenged😀 The store accepts cash only.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I visited JÀÀhallin Kirpputori last weekend again after couple of years break. The prices seemed to have come down slightly, so it’s good for bargain hunting!

 

 

 

Reminiscing Prague

 

praha, prague, czech republic

Wall art at a local restaurant

Few weeks ago I visited the wonderful city of Prague for the first time. Let me tell you…It was love at first sight. I spent an entire week over there and it is not enough. I didn’t have time to do half the things I had planned to do. It’s sufficient to say, I got distracted by the bohemian atmosphere over there and just lived in the moment. I’m going to repeat myself over here, but it was simply wonderful.

Madonna, Rebelheart tour, praha, prague, czech republic

Waiting for Madonna

The reason I booked flight there, was because my eternal idol Madonna was going to perform there exactly on my birthday. So I had to, you know, treat myself. It was amazing. There were tons of people, who had travelled there to just to see Madonna. A couple on my left had come from Hungary and the guy on my right had actually flown in all the way from Sao Paolo in Brazil! That’s commitment right there my friends. I got chatting with him and I found out he owns a copy of the Sex-book and actually saw The Girlie Tour way back in the day. Madonna jealousy!

praha, prague, czech republic

Trams

One of my favourite things over there is the public transport. SO CHEAP! So FUCKIN’ CHEAP! A 30 minute ticket 24 korunas, which is under 1 euro. 90 minute ticket is 34 korunas, which is like 1,30€. And if you live there, a monthly travel card is 550 korunas, which is just a little over 20 euros. The 100 euros we have to pay over here for a shitty service just makes me cry. CRY!

praha, prague, czech republic, karlĂŒv most, charles bridge

Few other tourists at Charles Bridge.

It wasn’t all about Madonna, bohemian things and wine, I did do some tourist things too. The Charles Bridge is filled with other tourists, but it’s a must see. The views are beautiful, the atmosphere is great and it’s a fun place to do some people watching. I went there three times. Twice for a date though😉

praha, prague, czech republic

The castle hill.

When you get past the bridge and the millions of tourists disperse around the castle hill area, you do get some peace and quiet. But the castle hill is bitch to walk. By the time you get to the castle, you are panting. Or at least I was. Or maybe I’m just really, really unfit. No, it must be because the hill was a bitch to walk. Also…a friendly tip…The Starbucks over there has a loo but there are about a gazillion stairs you have to walk back down to get to it. So pretty much choose any other cafĂ© around the area for your more pressing needs.

praha, prague, czech republic

The Slavic santa

I love souvenir shops. I could browse through them for hours. Even in Paris, where I’ve been several times, I never get tired of looking at the knick-knacks. These Santa’s weren’t priced like knick-knacks though. Prague is cheap but these aren’t. But they sure are beautiful.

praha, prague, czech republic

A snapshot from a flea market.

Prague is really good for thrifting and second hand shopping. The prices are really, really good and there are tons of flea markets and second hand stores, pretty much everywhere in the city.   This particular one had an entrance fee of 1 euro. You put the coin in a machine and walk through one of those helicopter type of gates. How exotic! By the time I got there, some of the sellers had already packed and left, but I found quite a few bargains there.

praha, prague, czech republic, Palladium

Palladium shopping centre

Not all my shopping was cheap. I accidentally found this beautiful pink building, which was a gigantic shopping mall. I wish I had known Sephora had stores in Prague, because I totally would have budgeted for Christmas shopping in there. I always buy those Sephora bubble bath  things for my friend, when I’m in Paris, and it would have been so great to continue that tradition. I was especially keen to give him the glittery Christmas one😀 Anyhoo…The big difference with this mall and the malls in Finland is that there are tons of different sized retail spaces. Meaning, there were both international chains and independent retailers. In Finland Citycon owns most of the malls, and they don’t really offer opportunities to other than huge chains. There’s a chance, when I next time go over there, I shall shop till I drop as they had bunch of chains, I’d last seen in Paris and I’m a huge fan of.

praha, prague, czech republic, karlĂŒv most, charles bridge

Charles Bridge and river Vltava.

My hard drive is filled with images of Prague. The river Vltava is so beautiful. It’s just a one photo-op after another. I did one of those boat tours and this is one of the pics I took, while on it. Like Her Madgesty said, Prague is magical, but that magic multiplies around sunset. There’s so much excitement and romance in the air around that time, that you can’t help but feel excited yourself. I recommend taking that boat tour. It’s worth it.

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Prague Airport

All good things must come to an end. I was gutted I had to go but I’ll be going back soon. I met so many wonderful people, who made me believe, that anything is still possible. It was one of the reasons, why it has taken so long for me to share this trip with you. I wanted to have those memories for me only.

I’ll be posting about Prague flea markets and other handy tips for you at later time. Prague is a very budget friendly city. You can go there with a very limited budget and still have a time of your life. I booked my flights with Norwegian and stayed at a Couchsurfing-place.

Till later…

-Thrifty Finn-

 

 

Konepajan Bruno

konepaja bruno, helsinki, flea market

Few weeks ago I heard about an indoor flea market in Helsinki, set up in an old machine workshop. It opened this summer, so it’s pretty new in the thrift shopping scene. I have never ever gone shopping there, but last Sunday I decided to have a go at selling.

This is my story. *du-duh*

konepaja bruno, tram stop, pysÀkki

This is the tramstop Sturenkatu. The previous one (Kotkankatu) is the closest. You have to walk back a little bit. See that building site in the middle back? The access gate to Bruno is behind it.

konepaja bruno, opas, aleksis kiven katu, helsinki

Walk straight down (up?) the Aleksis Kiven katu until you see this sign. Turn right and you see this gate, and that’s your entrance:

konepaja bruno, helsinki, portti

Ta-dah. There’s a guard, who opens the gate for you. Well, for me he opened the door as I came by public transport. Then you walk a little bit and you should soon see this:

konepaja bruno, entrance, helsinki

See those guys in yellow, bright vests? That’s where you go in and you will see this:

konepaja bruno

Impressive space much? On the right is a café and you can meet the owner (who is not half bad to look at) there:

konepraja bruno omistaja, owner

Anyhoo…I have finally perfected my face-to-face selling and have managed to fit my  merchandise in ONE SUITCASE! No more hauling about a gazillion Ikea-bags in the public transport. Because of that, it didn’t take too long to set up my table and I had time to have a look around and see, what other people were selling.

konepaja brunon pöydÀt

There are two kinds of tables. Others have a frame and they have a built-in rack above the table, the others are like these (and I had one of them), where the rack hangs freely above the table. Also the latter ones are bigger. This system is slightly problematic because if you have a lot of hanger items, the customers can’t see you behind them. My advice is to take max.10 hanger items and put the rest on the table. But selling just hanger items can be done. You just have to be active yourself in making sure, that the customer knows, where you are. There was a table across me, that hadn’t been booked, so I sat on it and whenever a customer came over to browse, I went and introduced myself.

Now to the business part…Did I sell? My sales were terrible. However, had I been there also to buy, I’d have made some major scores. It really is a buyers market. I’m sure as more people will find it, the sales will improve too. But if you are on a hunt for good bargains, now is the time to go and find them. I did buy few things, one of them being this plastic wall thingy for displaying miniatures and when I came home and did some research, it turned out to be a Finnish design classic. And I was thinking about spray painting and decoupaging it. Talk about butchering classics. Committing crimes against design.

Anyways…My best sellers were in the 5 euro mark. The price for Sunday was 29 euros, so I recommend booking a table together with your friend. And DON’T stop selling until it’s closing time. I made most of my sales after 15 o’clock. It’s also very inconsiderate to leave a market really early. It creates a sad atmosphere, which is unfair to other sellers. Who YOU also depend on to bring in the crowds.

Personally I wish Bruno to succeed. The surroundings are lovely and as a seller, I appreciate that you can book the table and then pay it up after two hours of selling. There are much more impressive pics on Bruno’s website and you can also book the tables there. Here is yet another handy map by yours truly to help you find Bruno:

kartta konepaja Brunoon, map to Konepaja Bruno

I don’t mind, if you share this map. The more people the merrier.

Those little blue dots are tram stops for the tram line 9, which you can hop on at both Rautatieasema as well as Pasilan asema. If you are a seller, you can bring your stuff there by car BUT there is no parking there, so you have to find a parking spot somewhere close by.

So this how I spent my Sunday. Have you been thrifting/selling lately?

-Thrifty Finn-