Well what a trip! Four days, lots of vintage and countless treasures found. For those of you following along on Twitter or Facebook you will already know that the weather, unfortunately, decided not play along and infact I would go so far as to say it has been a long time since I saw rain quite like that. However, despite the rain I can declare mission accomplished!
I left my house with my very old and trusty huge suitcase (which was empty aside from some old towels for protecting the goodies on the return journey), my 'granny trolley' which is indespensible on vintage hunting trips such as this and a backpack. Thankfully the train was running on time and in what seemed to go by in a Mad Men flash (I watched about half the series on the way up) I was in Berlin. Now maybe it is because I now live in a small village in the Schwäbischen Alps but Berlin is huge! I have been before and have always lived in a city until about 18 months ago but the sheer scale of the place never ceases to amaze me. I managed to find my hotel and settled in for an early night as the early bird castches the vintage worm!
Up early on Saturday and headed out on the hunt. The day was very successful though it did get off to a really wet start! I love nothing more than the thrill of the hunt. It is amazing to find items that are so beautiful and somehow have managed to survive unscathed to the present day. There was an eclective mix of old and new, industrial and midcentury, retro and antique. Some top finds of the day include some silver rimmed drinking glasses ala Mad Men, some stunning fat lava and some great industrial desk fans! What a mix! Needless to say I was grateful for my glass of wine after all of that hunting…
Sunday I was again up early and headed out, this time to the former east side of the city. You can really feel the difference between east and west in Berlin. The West feels older and more established whereas the east has more of an industril, still under construction and young and funky feel to it. The east however did not disappoint when it came to vintage! Stunnig VEB Handelsleben pair, industrial cooking timer from the GDR era, 50s alarm clocks, retro glasses and more were all snapped up. Again the rain set in for an hour or so but I have decided this is what separates dedicated vintage hunters (me) and the rest…I just got out the umbrella and kept going! I was a girl with a deadline and a girl on a mission. It was a great day and I met some great people too.
The next problem was of course…how on Earth do I get this all back home? This is where the towels and the empty suitcase comes in. Wrap the breakables carefully in the towels, pad with more towels and clothes, strap into the suitcase and the hope nothing moves! I think the packing ninja in me came out as I managed to get it all back home in one piece! Phew!
So, vintage fans, keep your eyes open over the next few days as I am already photographing all of the great stuff I found and writing listings for the LoveMyVintageBazaar! Berlin vintage coming your way soon!