Spring is the start of flea market season in Copenhagen. While most people look forward to hanging out in public parks, at a cafe or in the woods, others gear up for the opening of loppemarked.
Flea markets, or loppemarked in Danish, is one of the best highlights of summer especially for people who love second-hand (used but in good condition stuff) that you can buy for a very cheap price. As early as April, different places around Copenhagen hold flea markets which lasts until early fall. Usually a weekend event, flea markets are a local destination for families, youngsters, expats and avid collectors.
Why does a lot of Copenhageners love to go to loppemarked?
Let’s just say going through stuff in flea markets is like opening a gift. You never know what you will get because of the different kinds of stuff people bring in and sell. From musical instruments to sports stuff, house furniture to jewelries — in loppemarked, the selection of things you can see is massive. Whatever you need, you may find in loppemarked.
Students, expats, and locals rummage through piles of used but still in good condition signature and locally made clothes, shoes, jewelry, gadgets, antiques, furniture, porcelain, vintage stuff, books and other collectible items which can be bought for as low as 5 DKK (krones). The rule is to have a good eye on the stuff that you want and to haggle for the price you’re willing to pay for it. But if you don’t find any stuff you like on your first visit, don’t worry. The sellers and products vary from week to week.
Personally, my go-to places for flea markets come summer are Frederiksberg Loppetorv and Charlottenlund Loppemarked as they have good items for clothes, shoes, bags and jewelry. In Charlottenlund, for example, you can buy an almost new cardigan with the brands of Zara, Magasin or Esprit for as low as 20 DKK. Well, it depends on how good you are when it comes to the art of haggling.
It’s pretty easy to find out where the nearest loppemarked is in your area.
The municipal government (kommune) usually sends out announcements to addresses within their area regarding the schedules of loppemarked openings. Signages in train stations or local ad postings in shops or street posts also spread the news.
But the easiest way to search for loppemarked near you is to go online. It’s even better to search through your social networking sites, if you have a social network. There are always tons of postings on Facebook regarding flea market openings.
What about flea markets outside spring and summer?
If you missed taking a trip to any flea markets during spring and summer, there are also selected flea markets shops around Copenhagen that is open all year round like Den Blå Hal, loppehylder.dk, and Turbos Loppebazar.
For the meantime, gather those coins and small bills you’ve spared the last few months and plan a trip to the local loppemarked near you. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a bag for your purchases. Happy haggling!