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Studenterhuset's popular flea market in Copenhagen expands

Studenterhuset’s monthly flea market has got bigger, offering students ample opportunity to make a sweet deal

Responding to demand, the organizers of the Student House’s flea market in Copenhagen has expanded the number of booths. Starting out at only 26 booths, the flea market now has 79 booths where students can sell their old stuff.

The first Sunday of each month the study hall and the café in the Studenterhuset are turned into this popular indoor flea market.

“The booths are often sold out the first day you can buy them. That is why we have added another fifteen booths. It’s the fourth time we have to expand,” says Niels Mads Nielsen, Studenterhuset’s organizer of the flea market.

Fluctuates with exam periods, Distortion

The next flea market is this Sunday, 2 February. The booths are sold out, and the Facebook event has more than 400 people attending.

However, while the flea market has proven popular, the popularity also has a lot to do with timing:

“The interest in the flea market changes and often depends on other events such as exam periods and Distortion,” says Niels Mads Nielsen.

Student sellers

The sellers at the flea market are students, most of whom wish to get rid of old or rarely used clothes.

“Mainly clothes are sold, but as a seller you are welcome to sell almost everything, as long it is not something we sell in the bar. Besides, you can get away with selling many of the more crazy things from the wardrobe since tourists from Strøget buy all sorts of weird stuff,” says Niels Mads Nielsen.

Collaboration with Red Cross

The flea market is frequented by students, locals and tourists alike who buy plenty of things, and the sellers do not necessarily have to drag the stuff they haven’t sold back home with them.

The Studenterhuset has made a deal with Red Cross so that the sellers, if they wish to, can donate the rest of their things to the charity organization.

“Red Cross gets the stuff people can’t sell if the sellers want to donate. The items are in a good quality, so I’m happy that they come to good use somewhere else,” says Niels Mads Nielsen.