Birkelunden (“The Birch Grove” in Norwegian) is a relatively large park located at the top of the Grünerløkka district, where a flea market is held almost every week from January ’til December. In Spring and Summer, the park is divided in two sections, where the flea market is held at the bottom, while the top part of the park as usual with a fountain and lawns where one can sit and relax and enjoy life.
During the week the Grünerløkka neighborhood is alive with locals shopping at boutiques, sipping their morning coffee at one of the many cafes or simply walking their dogs through Birkelunden Park.
Come the weekend everything changes. The shops in the Grünerløkka district close, making room for the Bruktmarket or Flea-market at Birkelunden park. Fashion devotees jostle with collectors and bargain hunters as they stroll through a seemingly endless array of vintage clothing, costume jewelry and antique furniture (particularly from the 1950s-1970s). It is also jam-packed with the regular flea market staples: ceramics, glassware, silver-plated objects, ceramics, vintage toys, old vinyl records, books, old militaria and memorabilia from the 60-70’s, lamps, mirrors, countertops, gadgets, piggy banks, bicycles, funny signs, books, electrical goods and curios.
Oslo’s Grünerløkka flea market is truly a local gem. This flea market is as much a curiosity as it is really trading; the atmosphere and all the weird things make it worth a visit even if you are not necessarily looking for used vinyl records or a glaring lampshade. If you head here on your trip to Oslo and seriously want to shop for vintage jewelry and other items, plan a few hours to browse the different stalls. There are a lot of discoveries to be made.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
Don’t be intimidated to negotiate with vendors when appropriate, but be kind. A good rule of thumb is to ask for a discount of 15-20 percent and hope to land at 10 percent off.
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