Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spring Market

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Friday-Saturday this past week was Spring Market in my town. Twice a year (once in spring, and once in autumn) the whole city centre of BorĂ¥s is turned into a huge market place, with market stalls filling not only the main square but also several of the surrounding streets.

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I’m not sure how old this tradition is – for all I know, it may well go back to the 1600s. The town was founded around 1620 as a trading site; and the whole area has a tradition of peddlers going around selling their stuff.

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We even have a statue in honour of The Peddler (Knallen) standing in one of the shopping streets. (Photo from my archives.)

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Many of the same tradesmen (and –women) come back year after year, and often book their places early; so that they can be found by customers in pretty much the same spot as last year. This comes in very handy if, like me, you are not really all that fond of crowds, but still have a few favourite stalls that you like to check on.

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One stall that I nearly always visit at these markets is one selling cheap postcards: 10 cards for 10 kronor (SEK) ($1.22, £0.77, €1.07). (And of course since I joined postcrossing this is even more interesting to me!)

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I’m not usually tempted by general bric-a-brac.
But my camera is.

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Same thing with balloons.

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Can anyone tell me the name or context of the yellow fellow at the front?? I seem to come across him everywhere these days, but we’ve never been formally introduced…

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In the past I found it hard to resist buying some market sweets, but these days I pass on those.

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Handbags… Now there’s something I might be tempted to buy, even when not really looking for one… I did resist buying any at the market [feeling proud], but that’s partly because I just recently bought these two…

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16 comments:

  1. The pedlar shot is great. Is the blow up man Bob the Builder?

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    1. From American friends in-the-know I learn that he is a a "Minion from the Despicable movies", Adrian. I have not yet got as far as further investigation into what that means...

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  2. Yes! The yellow guy is called a Minion, and the minions are from the popular kid's movies "Despicable Me" I have seen them with the kids. They are animated movies, but good and funny and I enjoyed the first one.. Anyway, the minions are there as little helpers who are kind of clueless and do funny things. Kind of like the Munchkins in The Wizard If Oz. I LOVE this, and everything tempts me! The purses, food, bric a brac, balloons. I would buy the balloons for the grandkids, all else for me. I love the black and white purse you bought. Your stall photos are just wonderful!!! There is everything! We have nothing like this. Every Saturday there are Farmers' Markets with food, local produce, homemade breads and soaps and such. But that is the only kind of thing. I love the Peddler statue! Now, once the market comes, how long do they stay?

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    1. Thanks Ginny. I guess having kids or grandkids helps keeping up with these things! :) The spring and autumn markets are there for two days each time (Friday+Saturday).

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  3. what ever his name is he is on a ton of commercials here, but i don't watch them. Chatty Crone knows, she sent me a video of him last week. i don't remember who he is. i don't like animated movies. and he is animated. i love all the brilliant colors of the stalls. and i am with you, the only thing i would go home with would be photos

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    1. I got the name of the yellow guy from Ginny, Sandra, so now I can look him up. I did not go home quite empty handed from the market. Besides a bunch of postcards I also bought some socks. :)

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  4. Wow! Nice to be there. I would be tempted to buy of I was there:)

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    1. Certainly a lot of temptations on offer, Joy.

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  5. He's a Minion from the Despicable movies. They get their own movie this summer.

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    1. I'll have to investigate further, Janet. Not that I was ever all that fascinated by cartoon/animated movies. But having no clue is just such a giveaway that one is no longer keeping up with the younger generation!

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  6. I love your town and I would have enjoyed myself at this Spring Market.
    Here I was feeling very proud of you for by-passing the bags, and then you dropped the bomb on me...you had already bought two new bags before.....good girl/bad girl??

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    1. Haha Virginia. I do my best, but sometimes I relapse... All my life I have been on the lookout for The Perfect Bag - tiny on the outside and huge inside, weighing nothing in itself and also magically taking the weight off everything put into it... And bags are a lot like shoes in that you never quite know until you've walked at least a mile in/with them... The b/w one is a good size if I want to bring a few things to sit outside on a warm day. The pink one has lots of pockets + the colour makes a good match or contrast to certain items in my wardrobe...

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  7. I can deal well with crowds when I am in the mood, i.e. when I am prepared, which is of course what I would be if I went to the street market. It looks like a good place to spend a morning or afternoon at, browsing, looking, maybe buying a handbag or two (I am sure I would have had a good look at that stall, as I still "need" a white handbag for summer), getting some sweets (definitely!)...
    Love the pink handbag!

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    1. I agree with you that one has to be in the right mood for a street market, Meike! Sometimes I've gone into town on regular errands, forgetting that it's market day or some other big event going on, and then it's a nightmare! ... I'm glad someone besides myself likes the pink handbag :) I probably would not have bought it at full price but it was on sale, and sometimes it's fun to have something really colourful as a change from the neutral blacks and whites and beige that go with almost anything.

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  8. I, too, can cope with crowds if I'm in the mood and expecting them. Not at railway stations though! I've learned something. Minions! Like you I see them everywhere but have never given a moment's thought as to what they were/are.

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  9. Market area looks very busy with lots of people and different varieties of shops...

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