Saturday, May 31, 2008

Schwabing flohmarkt

I decided to give Stefan quiet afternoon to study by heading out for my first flea market. I've read about flea markets and probably got a bit of a false reality of what they were like. I guess I wasn't aware there was so much crap for sale. Adults and children alike cleaned out their things and set up shop on the streets and inner court yards. Some sold interesting items, while others had pure junk, however that's probably in the eye of the beholder. Even some of the stores through the neighborhood offered sales.

The strangest things that I saw, were things made of fur and surfboards. I guess the surfboards shouldn't be so odd since we have the Eisbach where people surf, but I didn't expect that.

I also really liked the war time money, old typewriter, and red metal chairs. I left those treasures for someone else to find.

Other great things that I saw through the day were an adorable little girl on her tyke bike (without peddles), floral shadows on someone's box of junk, and a hip version of a granny cart made out of a rice bag.

My treasures for the day for less than 12€ were: two kitschy + vintage looking steins - complete with lids, an old school atlas from the early 1900s, and a German English dictionary.

Stefan and I have been talking about old maps for some time, because there is the most beautiful antique map shop called Antiquariat am Gasteig, that I pass on occasion. It's located at Rosenheimerstraße 8. Opening hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30am until 2:30pm, so I have yet to visit.

My fascination with maps, travel, and trade routes gets the best of me when I see these beautiful antique depictions of the world, so naturally this old outdated atlas grabbed my attention. I love how Canada is 'British North America'.

I know I probably have a large variety of bilingual dictionaries already, but this one had old German and the beautiful font made it special. I'm curious at what point they decided to change their scripted letters. Stefan's grandfather taught him how to write old German, although he forgets.

After the flea markets I walked through town. I noticed that tourist season is picking up, and it made me appreciative for less trafficked short cuts around town. I also saw that dean and david was finally open inside of Fünf Höfe - and they are utilizing the beautiful little courtyard perfectly. As soon as Stefan has some time we'll head over for lunch. The dotted screen that casts the most beautiful little shadows has a zen quality to it and drips water into the pools below. I think it's such a pretty little place.


Mary-Jane said...


Where exactly is the Schwabing Flea market. I will be in Munich in
3 weeks! So i would like to check it out.

Emily said...

Hi Mary-Jane!

Unfortunately the Schwabing Flea market only is a one day production. Here's a link that may be of use to you with others around Munich (typically on the weekend):

There is also going to be a flea market in the Lehel neighborhood on Wednesday June 18th from 8am -1pm according to signs I saw. You can get there with the U4/U5, Tram 17, Bus 100 - it's at Christophstraße 12.

Depending on where you are staying, you may also find the MVV time table website helpful. It can plan the quickest way to the destination of your choice.

Enjoy your trip + let me know if I can help with anything!

JoernandAllison said...

Congratulations to you for braving such a large undertaking on your own!!
I've never been to a Flohmarkt, yet would love to go to one. I have heard such incredible stories :)
It is so pleasant that summer is on its way. The unbearable heat can go away, but the outdoor cafes and restaurants are so lovely here!