Easy, visit a Flea Market. As Wikipedia states, a Flea Market is a type of bazaar that rents space to people who want to sell or barter merchandise ranging from low quality items to bargain priced items of the highest quality or used goods. So it is easy to see people ranging from your next door neighbor, that woman in robe and curlers looking for bargains, to the coolest hipster sleek berliner youth (in which, of course, we belong, ha!) looking for some real vintage items.
Anyway, it is undoubtedly entertaining for citizens and tourists and there are even guides to know which market is open when. I’ve put together a table (down) with a mix of all flea markets listed on different touristic sites.
This time we went to Schöneberg’s Flea Market. The quality here is less than other markets I’ve been to and people are not as lively as, say, Mauerpark (famous for it’s carefree, hippie atmosphere), but still it made for an interesting morning finding gadgets from loooooong time ago. From casette tapes, old DVDs and VHSs, to vintage players, consoles…
Selling away family photos is a highlight of these markets, though this is something I find creepy and alluring at the same time. There are real old photographs and I can’t but wonder about the lives of the people in them. The reasons why that portrait has ended up there, in a Flea Market surrounded by other old stuff. Photographs are usually passed on, they are memories, and a lot of their meaning in them is bound to the people to whom they belong. When did they become of public exposure to be sold? Why? If they were to be exposed in a gallery, would our vision differ somehow and find it more appropriate to buy portraits of unknown people for our living rooms?
As the morning comes to an end, the market closes and we’re on our bikes heading for a summery treat in any Berlin open air cafe.