Category Archives: Trips & Travels

Kauppa & Galleria Talli

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Hello, hello, hello…Last Sunday I was selling my second hand clothing and crafts at a flea market here in Espoo, which was organized by a local gallery slash design store. Let me tell you…The surroundings were fantastic! I’m always putting down Espoo, as it’s a city that combines the worst of cities and countryside, plus all the buildings are designed by dimwitted engineers, which makes all the neighbourhoods generally seem void of all that it’s nice in humanity. But I digress…

Kauppa & Galleria Talli literally translates as Shop & Gallery Stables, and the name is quite apt. The whole shebang is a converted stable and the event room (where the flea market was) looks like it’s fit for all those gorgeous Pinterest barn weddings.

Let’s collectively ooh and aah at this point.

Anyhoo, I thought  you’d enjoy some pictures…

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I don’t know what’s up there but the entrance to the event hall is to the right and the entrance to the shop is somewhere on the left. The shop itself is very cute and they sell artisan type of design things. There is even a small café corner in there.

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They don’t only sell ceramics, but they were the only things I had an okay picture off :D The master of photography hits again :DDD

But the best part was the event hall. I can’t get past how cute it is! It’s not that big and I love the intimacy of it.

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I made okay sales, although I did joke on Twitter, that my salary for the day would have been good in Cambodia. From the crafts I sold the boxes and the one card just peeking at the bottom of the picture. Customer flow was okayish but there was one lull, when there were only sellers present. Overall I am pleased with the location and the pricing for the table was good too. There are only couple of things, that I see needing improvement. The first is lighting. It was a bit too dark in there. The second is music. The owners played this jazzy lounge music from Spotify, and I can understand, that they thought it would work as a non-offensive background music, BUT we sellers are there to sell. And easy listening jazz is not for selling. I don’t mean the music has to be blaring the TOP 40 like in H&M BUT it has to be upbeat. Upbeat sells.

The next flea market will be there on 1st of November from 11 till 16 o’clock. You can get there by car or by the busses 156, 158 and 543. I hope to see you there then ;)

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Apparently I was the only idiot there, who carried their stuff to sell there by a bus. But for my credit, I’ve managed to build my second hand selling inventory into such as I don’t have to carry a lot but all of the items make somewhat cohesive collection. (Apart from the clothes I’ve actually worn myself. I sell them for couple of euros each).

Kaboom, A Thrift Store in Helsinki

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For the first time for a long time, I’m introducing a new second hand store to you. I was told about Kaboom by my friend, who has sold his stuff there and apparently has made good money each time. Hearing this, I had to go and check it out.

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Kaboom is located on Albertinkatu 46, only couple of hundred meters from the Kamppi shopping centre.

kaboom, helsinki, thrift store, fleamarket kaboom, helsinki, thrift store, fleamarketMy first impression was, that it’s not too big but there’s a nice mix of things for sale. Quite a bit of retro goodies as well. The prices range from very cheap to the upper edge of what I consider reasonable prices for second-hand goodies, but most of the stuff I saw was between 2-10 euros. Retro things obviously being more expensive.kaboom, helsinki, thrift store, fleamarketIf you are selling, there are some vitrines available for your pricier things. I ended up booking a table as they have a deal going on. 2 weeks for 70 euros. I usually get my butt kicked with self service second-hand stores, but I’m hoping this location is better for the stuff I usually sell. I haven’t checked my saldo yet, so fingers crossed :)

Anyhoo, Kaboom has a website HERE and a Facebook-page. The staff is very friendly and speaks English. Definitely worth a visit, if you are into thrifting and second-hand things.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Naturally I’ve bought a quite a few things from there already. They have a charity booth, where the proceeds go half to children’s charity and half to an animal shelter. I found this gorgeous, gorgeous skirt in it. It’s way too small for me, but I just had to have it for the print. I mean look at it:

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It’s just heavenly, don’t you think?

Helsinki City Museum: #Flashback

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Few weeks ago I received an invitation to an exhibition opening at Helsinki City Museum. It was last week and let me tell you, it was super fun.

But first a little about the actual exhibition…The museum had invited 12 Helsinki-based artists to dig into their photo archives. There was no other direction given, the artists were free to do whatever they wanted. They gathered every Wednesday-night to go through the archives and discuss what they found.

The exhibition/installation tells a story about a man, who wakes up on a park bench one morning and starts to remember what happened the night before. The flashbacks are projected on screens and are roughly divided by themes like After Work, Encounterings etc…


Go check it out. Helsinki City Museum is a free museum and is located just off Aleksanterinkatu by the Helsinki Cathedral on Sofiankatu 4.

The opening party was great. They had a DJ, some circus artists (I asked from which circus company but I’ve already forgotten which one, explanation for this comes next) and a photo booth! There was a queue for it for all evening but nothing too bad as I went twice. My personal opinion now is that EVERY party should have a photo booth. It ain’t no party, with no photo booth arty.  The company that provided the booth at the opening is called Funbox and they rent them for companies and individuals alike (I checked, you know, the journalist that I am).

Anyhoo. The reason for all that forgetting? This:


It was called something something Green Beast. I drank four glasses of this stuff. Then I met a friend for a glass of wine at an expensive restaurant. That then turned into glasses of cheap sparkling wine at another restaurant, which then turned into dancing at one club and got finished off with some more sparkling wine and dancing at another club.

Yes. I took the concept of the installation literally and applied it into my own life. Life imitates art, that sort of thing. Well, we DID sort of had a reason to party. My friend started his own business so there’s that.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. The images posted on Instagram with the hashtag #fläsäri got projected on a screen. It was actually quite fun. I’m not sure if that is a permanent feature for the exhibition but I hope so.

Greetings From Lapland

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My oh my. I decided to be a dutiful daughter, grand-daughter, godmother and a friend. I dragged my lazy, wiggly butt all the way to Lapland. I kind of had to. Due to my operations, I hadn’t been there for almost two years I think. Or three winters. Anyhoo, I hadn’t seen a real winter for so long that I kept walking outside and ooh’ing and aah’ing on all the trees. They truly look magical.

It was great seeing my grandparents. But even better was the connecting with some of my best friends from my glory days ;D Dammit, they are hilarious. I wish I could tell you all the on-the-moment jokes but you know how it goes…They are only funny to you and/or on the moment. But one of them was a story of my friend, who decided to go on an early morning run and then surprise her boyfriend by slithering under the blankets naked. The boyfriend then proceeded to scream like a little girl. Because “her legs were fucking freezing”. You know, I expect more of a Lapland boy, don’t you agree?

So the trip was great but being with other people EVERY DAY left me exhausted. Not to mention the gazillion discussions on “how are your knees?”. They are fine, can we please move along? Also, guess how many times I was forced into conversations about my reproductive plans? TOO MANY!!! I bet no man has to go through that when they visit home.

Anyhoo, I had a point with this post…Lapland is lovely, you should visit it too.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Funny story, I managed to get an urinary tract infection there. How? You may wonder. Welllllll, my friend convinced me to go sledding and in the process, I managed to get snow in my panties. Good times.

Finland. No Human Rights Necessary.

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Paris Pride 2014

Last spring 166 000 individuals in Finland signed a petition for an equal marriage law. Great huh? Not so much. It was taken to a vote at legal affairs committee and overturned. Why? Two people who were supposed to be there, didn’t show up. (Both supposedly supporters of the cause) and the other one was replaced by someone from the NO-team. Curiously enough, how did this replacement know that he needed to be there? Just sayin’….

At this point I’d like to point out that the reputation that Finnish people are honest, has been built by the Finnish people WHO HAVE LEFT THE COUNTRY!!!

Today’s vote was about an objection made about the previous vote. Now the slackers from last time were present but another two missing. (I see a pattern developing, again, just sayin’) The petition was overturned by 9-8.

Anne Holmlund, Kokoomus, Coalition Party

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The chairman of the law committee explained last spring that she votes purely based on her on conscience. Interesting, here was I thinking that a committee that basically decides on new laws would base their decisions on law and facts. But nooooo. She is also member of the Coalition-party that has fished on gay votes with their leading “star” Alexander Stubb, our Prime Minister. That same PM has been saying on Twitter that he will do anything to make sure this vote passes. Yet, the members of his party voted no. Another interesting fact: In Finland there’s a strict party code, it’s not compulsory but most political parties follow it. The code means that no one in that party is not allowed to deviate from the party’s stance. Basically Stubb could have ordered Holmlund to vote YES, yet he didn’t.

Alexander Stubb, the fierce supporter of equality BUT ONLY ON NATIONAL ELECTION DAYS!

All is not lost…On next week Friday, there’s a final vote at the parliament so the law can still be passed. But don’t hold your breath, next year there are parliament elections so the swell people at the parliament are already trying to secure their votes. *le sigh* You can read about today’s vote in Finnish HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I was informed that only True Finns followed strict party rule on this vote. For others it was a pure ‘follow your own heart’-thing.

P.P.S. When I asked on Twitter, what’s law affairs committee in English, I got plenty of suggestions including swear words. People ARE pissed.

P.P.P.S. This blog post was written to the tunes of ABBA.