Loppemarked-mania

Visiting flea markets for “bargain hunting” is becoming a trend for Danes.

By Ruta Cinkaite

“Shopping in flea markets is part of a current cultural mode”, comments a Danish couple. Photo: internet

“Shopping in flea markets is part of a current cultural mode”, comments a Danish couple. Photo: internet

Do you see second hand markets or “flea markets” as a sign of poverty or lack of money? Some people might. But if you end up dwelling on the streets of Denmark, which is one of the wealthiest countries in the world – overtaking Germany and Canada, among many others – you might get surprised.

Flea markets seem to have become part of the culture of Danes, as smaller or bigger loppemarked take place in Aarhus almost every weekend. And they are packed.

As soon as the first spring flowers start blooming, Danes get to the streets to enjoy the weather and also have some “bargain hunting” fun. Saturday and Sunday mornings can be devoted for both – trying getting rid of old stuff, that has retired morally or vice versa – find a real treasure for 10 percent or even less of its real price.

But long story short, why do rich and wealthy Danes do that?

You may have a beautiful new house, but having something old and kitsch at home is like a cherry on the top of the cake.
Fatous, loppemarked-participant

Old is trendy
Taus and his wife Fatous, who participate in loppemarked every year, said that shopping in flea markets is part of a current cultural trend.

“Some people just come to check if they can find a good deal”, smiles Fatous.

“Others come while following this trend of having something old, antique at home”, she adds. “You may have a beautiful new house, but having something old and kitsch at home is like a cherry on the top of the cake. You would probably find something like that in almost every house now in Denmark. New with a touch of old has become a trend”.

Time to get rid of the Winter wardrobe?
Meanwhile, if you are considering selling some stuff, get ready to pay between DKK 150-300 per day for a spot or table in a market.

There are no main restrictions on what can be sold in the markets. One can find or bring here almost everything, from shoes and clothing to furniture and old vinyl records, dating back to 1960′s. And with a closer look, you might even find some road signs or even old pictures.

Well, then maybe second hand markets could become a money source?

“Not really”, smiles Taus. “On a good day you can sell stuff for, let´s say, DKK 1000. Of course it depends on what you have and how much of it, but it rarely crosses more than that. After this you would have to minus the price of the table, and what you are left with is around DKK 700, which would buy you a nice dinner at the end of the day though!”.

He adds that another asset about participating in these markets is to spend a nice afternoon outside, talking to people.

Therefore, if you end up in a flea market on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Aarhus, don’t get surprised by how packed it is. Danes do it, because they love to look for treasure, as Taus points out. And as they do it often (sometimes maybe even too often!), loppemarked is a great option to clean their wardrobes and houses after winter.

It is a – must try – experience though! Danes say it’s even addictive.

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