Cleaning Day took over Helsinki again today. Actually, the event took over the entire country – there were more than a hundred towns and three thousand sales areas all over Finland. I only managed to visit one park in downtown Helsinki, and just walking through the small park took more than an hour from me.
Shoes! Clothes! Books! Lamps! Bracelets! All sorts of interesting gear! I’m sure you can check out photos on the event’s Facebook page.
What I really enjoyed was seeing young guys sell their stuff, like sneakers and skateboards. Actually, you could easily tell if the seller had anything interesting for you. There were the expensive and cool fashionistas, vintage people, cheap fashionistas with plenty of H&M and other fast fashion brands, older people with whatever they had, the funny people with random pots and pans, and then the übercool let’s-play-music-and-have-a-picnic-while-we’re-at-it-people. A great crowd, loved it.
Here’s what I wrote about the event last year, when it was organised for the first time.
The concept is all about recycling. This time I did not sell anything myself, but I did spend some four euros to a pair of mint green leather gloves, a mint green scarf, three novels and a beautiful black lace poncho. How about that!
Despite the cloudy weather, there were plenty of people around. The park was a great setting for a bigger flea-market, but equally nice were the dozens of sales tables I saw scattered here and there, outside the buildings where people live. So easy, good fun, everybody wins. The event has such a good concept.
♥ In the meantime: Did you know that in Finland we have editors in large newspapers, who think sexist jokes are pretty cool. Luckily, not everyone agrees.
♣ Song of the day: David Gray, Foundling