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Mittwoch, 12. Oktober 2011

Flea market in Schwelm-from dawn ´til dusk :-)

 On Sunday it was some good hard work again, this time for my employer on the famed flea fair:-) in Schwelm. Got a flea market? THAT´s a flea market*ggg*! Some 1000 m of booths, up to 80000 visitors, and the small town bursting with people. Shops open,  there´s an artist´s mile, and no new goods whatsoever. No beeping electric toys, no flying merchants praising their special refuse clothing, and a kick up the butt if you try to sell them.
 Those are our thugs kicking butts:-). I worked with them, and I am just kidding, of course. They are a very friendly crowd, and certainly know how to be polite. In fact, there´s a good-natured atmosphere on the market, people having fun, music and sharing food and drink. Some black sheep, of course, but those are few. Even if it became slightly difficult, it was a pleasure to work with those gals and guys!
 Enzo having "Bratwürst"*ggg* and obviously liking it:-). Thanks to Tschierse Catering which offered us delicious food at bargain prices!
 The squad ready for battle:-).
 This is one of the many reasons I like this market. Quality antiquities, and many tales to tell. Glassware, porslain, clothing, tableware and cutlery, I can tell you, I could hardly keep my countenance:-).
 This city is crammed full.
 Khalil was there again, and we had a nice, good-natured chat.

...und Katha kriegt was Schönes, lalalala.*gggg* nur was?*g*

 We sold those wildflower seeds like hotcakes. This was great, for we sold seeds for roundabout 2500 square metres, resulting in a huge increase in bio-diversity and loads of food for bees and insects, plus beautiful colours everywhere next year.

 We sold this hiking guide that the AGU wrote about the Schwelm region. It has many great pics and offers hiking trails to natural monuments in the region.

 There were many traders, and they were all kind of nervous, for the weather forecast spelled catastrophe. A very close friend:-), erm, a part of my soul*ggg* made some hard work pushing the clouds aside, though, and so it started to rain when all was said and done. Thanks for those kind thoughts, and thanks for everything, and all*ggg*.
This is Axel, my colleague, with whom I patrolled the booths to weed out those infidels who had not paid:-). Axel is a great man to work with, always with a good-natured joke, and a friendly and laidback guy to boot. ´twas a joy! This is a trader he was acquainted to since his childhood.
Checking the bill...
Oi, Axel, keep those hands ter yerself*ggg*!!!

 Many visitors in spite of the weather...
 ... and good business for the traders, too. Most were quite content and will return next year, to the 72nd fair, which will take place on May, 6th.
 Axel was pleased.... has  a  cool moustache...*ggg*
Of course, I had to work until late in the evening, resulting in some 18 hours of work and riding to work and back home. But it did not bother me any, for it was a great event. I was bonking hard when I came home, but I had a day off on Monday and relished in the luxury of sleeping late:-).


  1. There arent fleamarkets as big as there,ever, not to mention..they dont sell really old stuff,except for hidious prices. i sure would like to visit market like that someday. Bier und sauerkraut mit lederhosen !

    Hey i noticed that you have a baner saying youre son of a Vietnam vet ? Cool, have you made blog story about it ?

  2. Now that is the sought of place that I could happily spend all day at. Is this a weekly market or just now and then - I think that I might try and get over there at some point for a weekend to visit and savior this.

  3. @perkunas: No, that certainly is not true-my dad was a deputy policeman and responsible for water hygienics at the local water supply industry where he lead a staff department. And funny that you saw a banner, for I haven´t any...:-) I am one of those hedgers wiping old peoples arses instead of digging holes into frozen ground and having all the fun with firearms*g*. Have seen my share of corpses, though, and most of them not quite so appetizing:-).

    Beer is abundant in Schwelm, for there is still a local brewery making delicious beer, dark "Alt"beer, a beer with an amber colour similar to Kilkenny / Smithwix in taste and Pilsbeer. Lederhosen, however are not so abundant-but if you´d come over I´ll talk my boss into wearing some*ggg* or I´ll organize some for you to wear...:-)

    @murphyfish: The market takes place 2 times a year. Next one will be on May, the 6th 2012. If you want to come over, drop me a line at fimbulmyrk[ätäratätätä]gmx[dotititotot]de. Applies for the others as well!:-) I could organize a campground. Maybe a PWYP? I´ll keep you informed!

  4. Well ill be damned, i mixed that banner, it was on the "ranging & pathfinding" guys page,sorry :)

  5. Now that a flea market! We get car boot sale (garage sales) Most of the stuff is useless, what people want rid of, mostly junk otherwise destined for the rubbish heap. I have all but given up on them. Is Schwelm a big town? The French manage to have festivals, like the knife festival I went to once, where they just close the town centre, and had hundreds of knives in the street stalls, people forging etc. The German people manage quite well too.

    The English? boot sales..:arrrgh..

  6. @Perkunas:No bother at all:-)... and I have to visit that page...
    @joel: Schwelm has roundabout 29.000 inhabitants, more of a village:-) but the region´s district town, situated in the Ennepe-Ruhr district. It certainly is a great place to work for, even if the people tend to be a bit... ummm...single-minded at times:-)? Those knife and bushcraft festivals are a dream of mine, too. If there would be enough people partaking, it might be organizable... I´ll keep you informed!


Now go on, discuss and rant and push my ego;-). As long as it´s a respectful message, every comment is welcome!

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