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How to get your own table at the monthly Siegfriedplatz flea market

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On the last Saturday of every month, the always-popular Siegfriedplatz hosts their own flea market.  This time of year many of us are going through transitions, whether they be moving (as I am) or simply doing some thorough spring cleaning.  If you want to participate in the Siegfriedplatz flea market, you will need to engage in some German preplanning a month ahead, but the process is streamlined so even the non-German speakers should not have a problem.  Here’s what you need to do:

1. Address a return envelope with a stamp and your home address.  Do not seal the envelope.

2. You have the option to either pay 15 euros, or to bring a cake + 5 euros.  On the back of your envelope, write either “Geld” (15 euros), or “Kuchen” (cake + 5 euros).

3. Put your envelope in the letterbox at the entrance door to the Siegfriedplatz.  You MUST do this on the 1st of the month in which you want to participate, between 08:00 and 20:00 (don’t take your chances doing it outside of these times- we all know about German punctuality).  For example, you must submit your envelope this Wednesday, May 1st, in order to participate in the flohmarkt on May 25th.

If you do everything correctly you will receive your envelope in the mail with an invitation for the flohmarkt, and all the information you need to know.  If anyone has one of these invitations that they can post and translate, that would be great!

One more thing- I’ve noticed at flea markets here that people rarely put prices on their items, and you must ask the seller how much things cost.  If you have trouble communicating in German, consider just putting a price sticker on everything.

Happy spring cleaning!

Special thanks to Dagmar Linnhof for explaining this whole process to me. More

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Flea Market Alert !! :)

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The first date of 2013 for the Klosterplatz flea market is tomorrow (Saturday, April 20th) from 8:00 to 13:00.  This is one of my favorite markets, and if the weather is nice there should be a lot of good stuff to sift through!  It runs once a month, usually the third Saturday and is open to anyone who wants to set up a booth.  It costs 15euros for a place and I would suggest getting there early to get a good spot and get set up for the early trollers 🙂

Klosterplatz is located in the Altstadt in the plaza behind Verve and next to the Catholic church.  You can also get to it through the little tunnel arch directly across from Nahkauf and Knigge.  Here is a link with all of the dates for 2013 and a little map:

http://www.marktcom.de/veranstaltung/16375-Klosterplatz-Bi—Mitte

Treasure and Cake.

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Treasure and Cake.  It doesn’t get much better than these two things, especially together on the same day.

Saturday was glorious here in Bielefeld. For those of us used to the perpetual rain clouds over our heads, or what I affectionately call “our Charlie Brown Town”, it was a weekend not to be misused by staying inside.

Klosterplatz Flea Market

So Saturday we rolled ourselves out of bed and decided to hit the double flea market day. My two favorite flea markets in Bielefeld are the Klosterplatz Flohmarkt and the Siegfriedplatz Flohmarkt. Normally they fall on different days of the month, but because of holidays and the City Fair, this year they both fell on the same day. How will I choose which to go to? Will I miss the treasures of one if I go to the other? No worries here, because one is in the morning until about 1pm and the other does not start until 3pm! Oh Joy!

So our first stop was the morning maven’s treasure chest at Klosterplatz. It is located in the plaza behind the Catholic church (Süsterkirche) right in the heart of the Altstadt and usually falls on the third Saturday of the month. It starts at some ungodly hour in the morning, I think 6am. I can’t be sure because I’ve never ventured out so early on a Saturday.

In any case, I normally get there around 9:30am and I promise you there are still fantastic things to be found. Furniture, bikes, clothes, shoes, always great lamps or some funky artwork.

A few years back I found an awesome old fashioned shaving kit and straight razor.  The sweet lady had said it belonged to her husband, but had been in a drawer for over 40 years! By the looks of the design on the boxes, I am betting longer!   I love old boxes with design from yesteryear.

All for just 2 euros!

And this past year I found a new love in Agnes my sweet little pinhole camera. The lady even had flash cubes and film for it! All for 6 euros. She thought I was crazy and maybe I am 🙂 Really.

Agnes and her accoutrements

I’m short and stout…

I found an old tea set and the lady practically threw it at me! I think I ended up giving her 4 euros just because I couldn’t take a 24 piece set for free. Of course I still haven’t figured out where to put it in my kitchen.

However, today was not to be for me at my lucky Klosterplatz. I got there a little late and the fine weather was making the vendors want to close shop early and go somewhere fun. No problem, I have another market in a few hours to hit and right now we could use a break in the shade and order a latte!

Stop #2 was our afternoon favorite that starts at 3pm (2:30 is when everyone can set up and thus business starts as soon as the sellers are putting things out) on the last Saturday of the month. My advice for this particular market is to get there at 2:30.  The official start time is at 3pm, but by then 100s of transactions have already taken place, and good things have been snatched up.  If you are just looking for clothes, they will be there all afternoon, but the interesting finds (like dressmakers dolls, mannequin arms, top hats that fold, sputnik stools and glass beads) disappear quickly.

Siggie Flea Market

Vendors are given the option of paying for their stall with home-baked goods that are then sold for the community center (our fair Bürgerwache). So that gives you two reasons to go. Oh and of course there is also the Supertram selling beer in the shade. So when you need break from your hunting, or if your dearest needs a place to wait for you, Supertram has you covered.

Enjoying a beer at the Siggie Flea Market

The thing I love about both of these flea markets is that they are neighborhood markets and have very few if any “profi-vendors”. Most of the time, the tables are full of one man’s trash with the potential to be one man’s treasure.

My booty this time included jewelry and a crystal serving dish.  All for 7 euros 🙂

Looking forward to next month already!