My Flea Market Experience

In collaboration with Keskustan Kirppis.

My Nothing New November has gone really well so far. I promised not to buy any new clothes or accessories this month and I will keep my promise even past Black Weekend!

I went through my closet and as I picked out the pieces I wanted to sell at the flea market I also found lots of clothes that I haven’t been wearing in ages but still really like. Even though I’ve got quite a lot of clothes, for some reason I tend to wear the same few outfits over and over again.

My first flea market experience in Jyväskylä really took me by surprise in a good way. I think Keskustan Kirppis is hands down the best flea market in Jyväskylä at the moment - not only because of its location but also because its clean and spacious and the customer service is super friendly and helpful! You know how sometimes flea markets have a strange smell, they’re dark and cramped and mostly full of outdated and shabby stuff - well this flea market is nothing like that!

We were walking round the flea market with my friend just a few days after the opening and she said “it’s rare to find a flea market with so many nice things.” I ended up buying a jumper for 4€ and I also found one of my favourite movies of all time: Kesäkaverit so I just had to buy it! I know almost every line off by heart and I always scream a little before the most romantic scenes. I’ve been renting this movie like 3 or 4 times a year so maybe it was time to just buy the DVD for myself hahah.

Before I started this collaboration I thought that by selling some of my clothes I could make room in my closet to fit lots of new things. However, now my thoughts have changed. I decided that I will no longer buy any clothes that I know I won’t be wearing for at least three years, preferably five. This means I will only buy things that are timeless and high in quality. No more impulse purchases or going crazy at sales. I think a very efficient and easy way to fight the fast fashion epidemic is to just stop and think for a little while longer before buying new things and to keep in mind that it’s smarter and more eco-friendly to buy one high quality, durable item that lasts many years than a similar one, that maybe costs less than half the price, but only lasts a few washes.