Cum sa calatoresti ieftin: CUMPARATURILE (partea I)

Una dintre traditiile mele din calatorii este sa-mi cumpar haine din locurile unde merg. Astfel fiecare articol vestimentar imi va aminti de locul respectiv de fiecare data cand il voi purta. Daca azi vreau sa calatoresc spiritual in Amsterdam, de exemplu, voi pune pe mine o haina de acolo si ma voi simti inconjurata de atmosfera olandeza. Dar pe cat de mult imi place sa cumpar haine, pe atat de mult nu imi place sa dau multi bani pe ele pentru ca, de obicei, le port de cateva ori si apoi uit de ele sau ma plictisesc. Din acest motiv, majoritatea obiectelor vestimentare din garderoba mea sunt sub 50 de lei fiecare.

In prima parte a articolului "Cum sa calatoresti ieftin: Cumparaturile" voi vorbi despre o modalitate extrem de ieftina de a cumpara haine din alte tari si anume: Flea Markets ("pietele de purici"). Aceste piete sunt un fel de bazar in aer liber care se tine o data pe luna, in fiecare weekend, sau intr-o anumita zi a saptamanii, in functie de piata, unde oamenii vin si isi expun propriile obiecte vechi spre vanzare. Pe langa persoanele obisnuite care vor doar sa scape de lucruri ce nu le mai sunt utile, la aceste targuri sunt si numerosi colectionari care vand obiecte cu adevarat valoroase. In orice caz, desi multe obiecte sunt atat de vechi si degradate incat nu stiu cine le-ar cumpara, daca ai rabdare sa cauti cu atentie, chiar poti sa gasesti unele produse deosebite. Mie personal imi place la nebunie sa cotrobai prin munti de haine aruncate in mijlocul pietei pentru ca niciodata nu stii peste ce chilipir vei da. Ma atrage curiozitatea aia de dinainte de a atinge fiecare obiect in parte: "Oare acesta este un obiect frumos? Sau doar o piesa veche si urata?". Pe langa faptul ca hainele aici sunt foarte ieftine ( 1-2-3 euro), ceea ce ma atrage de fapt la aceste flea markets este povestea pe care o are fiecare obiect. De fiecare data cand cumpar cate ceva din astfel de locuri ma gandesc cine l-a purtat inainte, pe unde s-a plimbat imbracat asa sau ce aventuri a avut in haina respectiva si imi fac tot felul de povesti in minte. Singurul minus, in opinia mea, la acest mod de cumparaturi este igiena. Nu poti sa stii niciodata de unde provine de fapt obiectul respectiv si chiar daca vanzatorul arata ingrijit, simplul fapt ca acea haina a fost intinsa pe jos in acea piata ma duce cu gandul la ceva extrem de murdar. De aici si numele de "piata de purici". Oricum, dupa cateva spalari bune cu toate substantele dezinfectante necesare si o vizita la curatarie, cred ca orice obiect poate fi purtat in conditii de siguranta.

One of my traditions when I travel is to buy clothes from the places I visit. As such, every piece of clothing that I wear reminds me of that place each time I wear it. For instance, if today I want to spiritually travel to Amsterdam, I will wear an item of clothing bought from there and I will feel immersed into the Dutch atmosphere. However, as much as I like to buy clothes, I hate spending a lot of money on them because I usually only wear them a few times before I get tired of them. Therefore, most of the clothes from my wardrobe cost less than 50 lei each.

In the first part of the article "How to travel affordably: Shopping" I am going to talk about an extremely cheap way of buying clothes from other countries: Flea Markets. These markets are sort of an open-air bazaar, which takes place once a month, every weekend or once a week - depending on the market - where people come to display their old belongings for sale. Aside from ordinary people who just want to get rid of things they no longer find useful, there are many collectors at these markets who sell really valuable objects. Although many of them are so old and degraded that no one would buy them, if you look carefully you can find some genuinely special products. I personally love going through mountains of clothes thrown away in the middle of the market because you never know what bargain you might find. I enjoy the curiosity before touching each of the objects: "Is this a beautiful thing? Or is it just an ugly old piece of clothing?". Besides the fact that clothes here are very cheap (1-2-3 euros), what really attracts me to these flea markets is the story told by every object on display. When I buy something from such places I always think about who wore it before, where he/she went dressed like this, what adventures he/she had in that article of clothing, and I end up imagining all kinds of stories. In my opinion, the only downside of this way of shopping is hygiene. You never know where that article came from and, even if the salesman looks clean, the fact that a piece of clothing has been lying on the ground in that market makes me think of something extremely dirty. Hence the name "flea market". Anyway, after a few thorough washes with all the necessary disinfectants and a visit to the dry cleaning, I think every item can be worn safely.

Ultima data am fost la un flea market in Amsterdam. Era o piata destul de mica pe marginea unui canal. Imi amintesc ca de cum am intrat am fost intampinata de munti de haine peste tot si un semn mare pe care scria: "Totul la 1 euro!". In alte orase, vanzatorii sunt mai organizati, iar hainele sunt expuse pe umerase, exact ca intr-un magazin, insa aici erau efectiv trantite pe jos, iar ca sa gasesti ceva tebuia sa scormonesti la propriu. Am acceptat provocarea si am inceput sa inspectez fiecare obiect. Poate - poate urma sa gasesc ceva interesant. La inceput am fost foarte dezamagita pentru ca toate obiectele erau deteriorate, demodate sau pur si simplu urate, dar deodata mi-a atras atentia un colt de material cu un pattern inflorat si frumos colorat in nuante de roz si rosu. Am tras repede de el sa vad ce este si am descoperit o rochie ce imi amintea vag de moda vintage a anilor 50, datorita decolteului in forma de inima si mai ales a modelului inflorat. A fost dragoste la prima vedere, iar pretul de doar 1 euro m-a determinat sa o cumpar fara sa mai stau pe ganduri.

Last time I went to a flea market in Amsterdam. It was a fairly small market on the side of a canal. I remember that once I entered I was welcomed by mountains of clothes scattered all over the place and a big sign saying: "Everything for 1 euro!". In other cities salesmen are more organized, with clothes being displayed on hangers just like in a store, but here they were literally thrown on the ground and you had to rummage to find something. I accepted the challenge and started inspecting every item in the hopes that maybe I will eventually find something interesting. At first I was very disappointed because all of them were deteriorated, outdated or simply ugly, but suddenly a piece of material with a nicely colored pink and red floral pattern caught my attention. I pulled quickly to see what it was and I discovered a dress which reminded me vaguely of vintage 50s fashion due to the heart shaped cleavage and especially the floral pattern. It was love at first sight, and for the price of just 1 euro, I bought it without giving it a second thought.

Imi place rochia pentru versatilitatea ei, putand fi purtata atat vara, simpla, asa cum este ea, doar cu o pereche de sandale, cat si iarna peste un pulover. Chiar recent "am calatorit" inapoi in Amsterdam purtand aceasta rochie, pe care am mixat-o cu una dintre noile mele obsesii despre care am scris si intr-o postarea ansterioara (click aici): manecile voluminoase. Astfel am combinat o piesa la doar 1 euro cu o alta bluza din colectia mea de "haine de Hamlet", o geanta la 3 euro (urmeaza sa vorbesc despre asta in "Cum sa calatoresti ieftin: Cumparaturile - partea II"), un cardigan din catifea (din nou cu "maneci de Hamlet" pentru ca si mai multe volane nu strica niciodata) si o pereche de botine, de asemenea din catifea. Oare ce a iesit?

I like the dress for its versatility: you can wear it during summer as it is with a pair of sandals or during winter over a pullover. I recently "travelled back" to Amsterdam wearing this dress mixed up with one of my new obsessions, which I wrote about in a previous post (click here): puffy sleeves. So, I combined a 1 euro item with another blouse from my collection of "Hamlet's clothes", a 3 euro bag (I am going to talk about this in " How to travel affordably: Shopping - part II), a velvet cardigan (again with "Hamlet sleeves" because more ruffles never hurt) and a pair of boots, also velvet. What came out of this?

(Asta este fata mea cand vad reduceri, oferte sau haine la 1 euro ... :-O :-O :-O)

(This is my face when I see discounts, offers or 1 euro clothes... :-O :-O :-O)

In afara de haine, in piata din Amsterdam mai erau si standuri cu suveniruri, cu obiecte decorative sau cu branza, fermieri din imprejurimile orasului venind acolo sa-si vanda productia. Cred ca standurile cu branza au fost preferatele mele, mai ales ca fiecare vanzator ne dadea sa gustam din sortimentele pe care le vindea. In Amsterdam am vazut si am incercat cele mai ciudate tipuri de branza, de la branza cu canepa, la branza cu vanilie si cocos. Alex si-a cumparat o roata de cascaval cu aroma de pesto verde. Era foarte mandru si de abia astepta sa o aduca acasa la familia lui ca sa se laude cu ce a incercat el in Amsterdam. Pacat ca a uitat-o in frigiderul apartamentului unde ne-am cazat si acea branza ciudata si delicioasa a ramas doar in amintirea noastra.

Besides clothes, the Amsterdam market also had souvenir stands with decorative objects or cheese; farmers from outside the city usually come there to sell their produce. I think the cheese stands were my favorite especially because every salesman allowed us to taste the assortment of cheeses he was selling. In Amsterdam tried the weirdest types of cheese, from hemp cheese to vanilla and coconut cheese. Alex bought a green pesto flavored cheese wheel. He was very proud of it and could not wait to bring it home to his family and brag about the things he tried in Amsterdam. Sadly, he forgot it in the refrigerator of the apartment we stayed in, and that weird but delicious cheese now remains only a memory.

Translated by Matthew B.

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list,


#Cheap #Shopping #fleamarket

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