You might have picked up by now that I’m a pack rat. A horder goblin. A scavenger. When we were in Berlin earlier this year my treasure hunter instincts were pleased with some of the places and sights I found but in terms of thrifting… no such luck. I must have been to seven-or-so thrift stores and while there were a few really cute pieces all I saw was fabric (I might have to rely on the locals more next time). Clothes are nice but rarely treasure, and if they are they’ll have to fit, too.
On our last full day there we were lucky, though. The Mauerpark flea market isn’t only full of lovely old things but also lined with stalls of local artists, perfect for my treasure-hungry claws.
The ashtray above was one of these treasures. I used to be very much into suit symbols – I still like them, not as much, though – and something in the shape of a club was just too perfect not to pick it up. I use it as a ring dish now, and I love the patina. Maybe someday I’ll feel the urge to polish it but for now it’s just lovely the way it is.This spinning top might count as cheating: I didn’t find it at the flea market. I have the tiny souvenir challenge for myself to try to bring home a top from each of my bigger trips. I like these toys, they don’t take up much space but are still a great source of joy and fascination for me. This one is from Levy’s Contor at the Hackesche Höfe, a lovely traditional toy shop that also deals in Judaica.This lovely skeletal bird patch is reserved for a battle vest that I’m still collecting things for. It’s from one of the artists of the Lysergic collective but they don’t seem to have this specific motif anymore, at least not online.I sadly don’t remember the name of the artist I picked up the Tausche Kunst Gegen Geld (Will Art For Money) sticker at. That one’s going on my laptop.
The tiny copper cauldron is for a LARP character in the making, and the silver spoon is for my collection. I like finding handles I don’t have yet.I really like old kitchenware. This pan will be perfect for boiling breakfast eggs at LARPs and make a decent piece of camp decoration. I plan on sanding off the inside again, just in case. But isn’t the texture beautiful
This metal frame was love at first sight and by that I mean it was in fact one of the first things I laid eyes on at the flea market. It’s very light-weight, perfect for our strange walls that are impossible to get through with a percussion drill at one point and only need a poke with a pencil three centimeters over.And last but not least I found the perfect picture to put in that frame. If you’ve ever seen my Twitter or YouTube account, met me in person or been at our camp at ConQuest you’ll know I have this thing for fish-tailed hares. I even have one tattooed on my left arm. There’s more than one story behind it that I might tell one day but for now that’s probably enough reason for why I HAD to buy this print. How often do you encounter fish-rabbits (because this isn’t a hare, but never mind) by chance, eh? The print is from Berliner Babylon, and this is surely not the last motif from them that I want for my wall.
The merrabbit now hangs over my books-and-art-supplies shelf, vigilantly watching my room.
As I mentioned there are visual treasures, too, but these are reserved for another post.
Do you have any recommendations for thrift shops or indie stores I should check out when I visit Berlin next time? I’d love to read about them in the comments! ♥