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


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

Out & About in Bielefeld

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Below are a few recommendations for upcoming events from our local Bielefelder PollyEster
Italian:The next Italian Stammtisch (organised by an Italian student group called ACID) will be on Thursday 28.02.13 at 8 p.m.  Where? New World – Ritterstraße 22 33602 Bielefeld (behind Thalia bookshop, near Cafe Kaffeeklatsch) For further information.
It has become quite a large group by now, most of the people there speak Italian and English, some Greek or Spanish, and they
meet every few weeks at different pubs around town (or organise visits to the opera or the christmas market).
Flohmarkt: You might think it is far too cold, but this one is indoors at the Forum Boge on March 8th. Last time, there were loads of people,
live music and a lot of weird objects. It starts at 8 p.m. – Another indoor flea market is at Kurz Um (near Siegfriedplatz) on Saturday March 2nd, this one starts at 10 a.m.
Cinema: “Django unchained” is down to two screenings a week at the Lichtwerk now, but the Kamera is showing “Lincoln” and The Master” in
English with German subtitles on Sundays and Tuesdays. The Offkino has a Japanese screening of “Afterlife” on March 15th, it starts at 8.30 p.m.
Theatre: On Wednesday, there will be two performances of “Much ado about nothing” at 3.30 and 7 p.m. by TNT theatre Britain (in English) at the “Theaterlabor im Tor 6”, one of the many free theatres in Bielefeld. Admission is 16 Euros or 10 Euros for concessionary tickets. To get there, take
tram 3 to stop “August-Schroeder-Strasse”, it is not far from the Youth hostel or Real supermarket. The programm offers dance performances
amongst other things, something you can enjoy without any language skills at all.

Niekamp Theater Kompany“, a lovely puppet theatre, has one bilingual play (in English and German): “Jack and the beanstalk/Cinderella”
on March 16th. I’ve been there a few times during the “Nachtreise freier Theater”, which is a very good way to see little bits of productions all over town. This one is an evening performance for adults, admission is 18, 22 or 24 Euros. To get there, take tram 4 until “Landgericht”.