I used the past weekend to explore the West, once again, but this time, after many months of dreadful grey skies, in full-on sunshine. I wanted to find those undiscovered flea markets, where you can find all the treasures of the Grunewald widows for a few Euros. Needless to say, this is a plan or more a vision I’ve been carrying with me for a long time, and it was, once again, not full-filled. However far South we’re leaving the S-Bahn, the flea markets we encounter are not really getting any more bourgeois, but just bland.
So we packed our hopes, surrendered and made our way to one of the most popular and famous flea markets this city offers: Straße des 17. Juni. In contrary to another overly popular flea market just North of Mitte (you know which one I’m talking about), this market is having a very strict policy on its vendors, which means there’s antique and antique only. Except a small part towards one end with the ubiquitous esoteric needle works, the market offers only highly specialized antiquaries.
Which leads to almost funny assemblages at its stalls, like innumerous golden candleholders, or piles of colorful knobs, endless rows of classic door handles and silver cutlery, and of course, loads of fur and classic jewelry.
I was surprised that the prices were rather affordable, maybe I asked at the wrong stalls, but a vintage wallet made from real snake leather was only twenty Euros, or a taxidermic fawn (yes, seriously) just fifty Euros. Neither of which we bought, but still, I expected it to be a lot more expensive.
This flea market caters to the bourgeois taste, you won’t find Scandinavian design objects (like at Arkona Platz) nor GDR kitsch (thank god) – but a great selection to set up your perfect Altbau apartment in a very authentic 19th century style.
It’s advisable to not visit it at peak times, but wait for the later hours (past 15.30h) to avoid the masses and the inescapable pick pockets coming with that.