For the last three or so years, I’ve taken to hitting the quarterly fleamarket scene. Perhaps odd considering that I’m a bit of a mint condition freak,as most items at fleamarkets have been heavily used (or at least not been taken care of properly). But it’s a good place to find rare gems, and for picking up various crud for a small sum. I do try to keep my fleamarket purchases separated from my regular purchases though, so as not to sully their near mint condition’ness. But with some exceptions. For example, if the fleamarket item is new, or in perfect condition, or if it’s sufficiently awesome.
Here are a few of the more interesting items (to me, at least) I’ve bought at fleamarkets.
A beautiful original drawing of two deer bought earlier this year, with its own custom glass frame. I believe I paid 15 NOK for it. (Think of it as 1.5 USD.) Very happy with that purchase. According to the signature it was done in 1961. The first name of the artist is Finn, but the last name is harder to make out – looks like it might be Brenvig. No idea who he is; maybe he was an art school student, or a hobby artist, or maybe a full fledged professional artist. Regardless of its origins, I really like it. Fleamarkets are a good place to loot for original art.
The source book for the roleplaying game Cyberpunk 2020. The book could’ve been in better condition. Will I ever get to use it? Probably not. Have about half a dozen roleplaying game books in my shelves which I haven’t yet used – like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Sailor Moon roleplaying games. Still, it’s nice to have your own li’l library of roleplaying books readily available.
Two games for the Nintendo 64: Snowboard Kids and Mission Impossible. Not exactly games I’ve been dying to play (though I vaguely recall playing the latter game some when I was younger), but I always get excited when I stumble over console games at a fleamarket. At the same fleamarket they also had The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, and 1080 Snowboarding. The first two I mentioned I already have, and I felt that I had the two genres that the two remaining games represented pretty much covered – for my kart gaming needs I have Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and for my semi-serious snowboarding game I have SSX 3, both for the GameCube. So I ended up with the two games as pictured above. No idea when I’ll get around to trying them; been ages since I played my Nintendo 64.
My jaw must have dropped when I stumbled over this at a fleamarket last Saturday; I had no idea this existed. It’s a cast single from the Rocky Horror Show production from 1996 at Chateat Neuf in Oslo, featuring three tracks from the musical and one remix track. While not as good as the other Norwegian Rocky Horror Show cast recording (which I stumbled over in a bargain bin about five years ago), it’s pretty neat. If there’s any interest I may be persuaded to upload it, seeing as how it’s ten plus years old and out of production and only available through fleamarkets.