Above: Sal and I going through everything at this old man’s stall at the Bolhapiac Petőfi Csarnok (Flea Market) We voted it the best stall… brooches, keys, figurines, tins…
I paid about $36AUD for a tiny vintage tin, a huge old key and two very old brooches. The old guy and I bartered using a calculator, after I told him, “nem beszélek Magyarul” (I don’t speak Hungarian), and then he kept talking to me in Hungarian… Turns out I really *don’t* speak it, he realised, so we used the calculators to come to an agreement.
The market is full of the usual stuff – people flogging off electrical goods, mobile phone covers, second-hand shoes and clothes, old postcards, stamps, money, coins, fob watches, jewellery, watches, Russian cameras, cheap imports, army badges, Soviet-era paraphernalia, old photos, tins (TINS! I COULD HAVE BOUGHT SO MANY BEAUTIFUL TINS!!… but alas, how to send them home?), metal make-up compacts with disintegrating powder-puffs still inside, porcelain figurines, 1970s ice-skates and roller-skates, carved wooden Scottish Terrier dogs and other assorted oddities.
We got there at about 9.45am and it took about an hour and a half to walk around and browse. We skipped some stalls (you know, the ones selling hand wash and toothpaste that you can buy at the One Euro Shop).
More info on the Petofi Csarnok Flea Market here.