A market for fleas
There have been flea markets in Paris since the 19th century. And ever since the 18th century in New York. The markets were thus called because many of the clothes and fabrics harboured fleas.
Now, the risk of fleas is not quite so impending; looking for something genuine and special at a flea market is actually a trendy thing to do.
There are several excellent flea markets in Trosa that can be full of bargains. We have packed our best walking shoes, as it will be a long day.
Loppisladan in Vagnhärad
We leave the E4 and stop first at Loppisladan in a barn in Vagnhärad. Next to some red barns there are vast quantities of items and furniture, as well as machines, bicycles and mopeds. A genuinely fun place to be, where you can search for yourself among the items, which are set out in a slightly higgledy-piggledy way.
We continue on Hungavägen, so stunning with its undulating meadows and woodland, before turning up towards Västerljung. Here, we noticed on social media that there was to be a flea market at Norrby Gård. Which, it turns out, was a real slice of luck. Here, all manner of items are set out beautifully and clearly. A small teak table and a smart shirt were easily hunted down. And driving on these small roads is always great fun, too. That in itself is an adventure.
Food trucks and toys
Next we turn back towards Trosa. Our stomachs are rumbling and we are really hungry. In Trosa, we stop at a food truck and munch on some great hamburgers. It is really nice to know that there is such great creativity and entrepreneurship in this oblong country of ours, where more and more options like this keep popping up. The sun warms us and we chat along with some people sitting at the next table.
The next stop is the Trosa Loppis, a large site with furniture, household utensils, sports items, books, leisure items, crockery, paintings and toys. We stay here for a long time and find it hard to grow tired of it. There is much to look at. There are stamps and emblems to check – after all, there may be an as yet unknown bargain in here somewhere. The Trosa Loppis accepts items from estates and things that people choose to hand in rather than throw away. They also support the Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden), which obviously gives you a good feeling in your heart. From the Trosa Loppis, we take away paintings, toys and some fine crockery – at a bargain price, naturally.
Bargains for lovers of vintage items
Now it is time for a coffee and some vintage items. We park the car in central Trosa and have a coffee at Tre Små Rum. The next stop is at Albins & Vera. The fine selection is handpicked by the owner, and we have made many great purchases from here over the years. Yarn and crafts are also for sale, along with a small collection of newly produced brands with a fabulous vintage feel. Today, a few new William Morris mugs got to come home with us, along with some bargains from Rörstrand and Upsala Ekeby, a ceramic, glass and cutlery company that started up in 1886 and was merged with the Gefle Porcelain Factory in 1932. Finding a bargain from these factories is the ultimate dream of every lover of vintage items!
Finding porcelain by the ceramic artist Berit Ternell also makes us really happy. Berit Ternell worked at the Gefle Porcelain Factory from 1957 to 1971 as the only permanently employed designer, and has won several awards for her ceramic work.
Full of happiness and cheer, we pack ourselves into the car with the day’s purchases. Trosa municipality’s collection of flea markets has really delivered! Thank you for now – we’ll be back soon!