After the Caribbean Food Market we left YAAM to go to the Ballhaus Berlin.
On the way to the vintage market
With a nose filled with sweet smoke, which can’t be missing at a place with carribbean flair, we headed to the “Ballhaus Berlin”, where the Old Fleas – Vintage Market the first time took place on this sunday. I was excited what we would see there, until this day, I only visited the Ballhaus Berlin for dance events.
The Ballhaus Berlin
The Ballhaus Berlin is a wonderful old location. eine wunderschöne alte Location. Just exactly like you would imagine a traditional ball house. Two floors, connected with a circular stairs, on the gallery sitting accommodation balconies, stucco on the ceiling, and table phones from the 30s. The Ballhaus Berlin exist this year since 111 years, which is impressive. Just think about, that the Chausseestraße in Berlin-Mitte already had been an entertainment district in the 20s. The Ballhaus Berlin is the only still existing dance palace in this street. During the war, the building lost its front-building, the ball room in the rear house persisted and since the 50s you can shake a leg there again. Lots of different events take place there. Recently the “JUKEBOX Jam – die Dritte”, a rockabilly record hop event with DJane Manu Tanzratte, or how I lately read at Fräulein Wirsching‘s, “ihres Zeichens Tanzfeldwirbel”, which means something like “dancing twister sergeant by profession”, took place. Shortly they’ll present e.g. the “Swing Cat Club Record Release Party“. Burlesque evenings or the “Old Fleas – Vintage Market” can be visited at the Ballhaus Berlin.
Little scale – big pleasure
The Old Fleas market really surprised me. Already on the courtyard had been booths with clothes, hats, shirts and accessories, thy grilled, baked and brewed, which means, you got a lot of good stuff to eat, like BBQ, little Portuguese cakes and a pretty good coffee to brace yourself for shopping. It wasn’t that crowded, compared to our experiences from earlier the day, so it was a relaxing variation. You had enough time to stroll from booth to booth and to have a look on all these enchanting individual vintage pieces. Pricewise it certainly wasn’t really made for my student budget. The most affordable vintage dresses I found, started at about 60 to 70 €, most of the pieces had been about 100 €. That might not be that expensive for fancy individual true vintage dresses, but for me, even though if I would have the budget for it, for me most of the pieces haven’t been worth it. A lot of dresses had a need of repairs or were stained. The biggest issue is, that you can’t decide on market if you would get it fixed on your own or would need a tailor, even the stains you can’t figure out if you ever would get it clean again. Maybe we had been late, so the best pieces were already sold. Probably it was like that. Even though I had a lot of fun to get inspired but such an amount of true vintage stuff.
And for the guys: my best friend picked one really nice Aloha shirt made of rayon for only 8 bucks. They don’t had that much men’s wear, but it seems you can make a pretty good deal.
Shopping with dance performance
In my opinion, specific unique was the idea to offer a show as an entertainment part of the vintage market. The dance performance of Anja Pavlova, who is a well known burlesque- and flapper dancer from Russia, might have been very enjoyable. Unfortunately we missed her performance because we spent too much time at the Caribbean food market. So I also can’t deliver pictures or videos of the live performance at the Ballhaus Berlin this day. But because some of the visitors told me it was that good, I did some research on the internet and found a video on Anja’s personal YouTube channel, so we all might get an idea of what we might have missed. After I saw this video I was so sad about the fact, that I’ve missed her show, actually she also had some other shows this weekend I just found out too late. 🙁 Next time, for sure, I wont miss it again.
Additionally to the show of Anja Pavlova, the Old fleas programm offered a Charleston taster class with Katarina and James from Swing Patrol. You probably know them from other events. Last summer I’ve met them the first time at a Swing Patrol event at Frannz Club (Kulturbrauerei Berlin), were they had open classes for intrested swing dancers of each level. I never joined one of their classes there, but enjoyed watching them and joined the dance floor after the official classes. Finally the taster class students demonstrated their new skills on the dance floor, or the small part which was left from the original dance floor space between all the booths. It was really impressive how fast they’ve learned lots of different Charleston steps and moves. It was a pleasure to watch them dancing.
Well-known – Newfound
Of course I don’t want to keep back who had been there as an exhibitor. Please forgive me, if below aren’t all exhibitors listed but not all booths had name tags or business cards on the table. One of the exhibitors was for example the well-known Rockabilly online fashion store Miss Mole, other had been knew, ok, maybe just for me, but even though. 😉
Here is a list with short explanations for all exhibitors which got my attention:
Poppy Ray: Steffi offers in her new opened online store all about vintage inspired sewing. For all of you, who love to be creative and create own vintage inspired clothes or accessoiries, it’s a place online you should have visited minimum once, if you are looking for new fabrics, sewing patterns and accessoiries. <3 Steffi focus’ on the design of the 40s and 50s, but not only the midcentury fans can find pieces to start new vintage inspired projects, also lovers of the 20s or 60s will find their account in her shop. Poppy Ray’s hand-picked stock will also offer, soon, some new originally Hawaiian fabrics, fresh deliverd from the middle of the pacific. I’m excited to see what kinda fabrics Steffi will soon show online.
Fräulein Anders: Fräulein Anders’ fine selected vintage clothes from others closets you can shop online and offline. Her Store at Nollendorfstraße in Berlin is rumored to be a special vintage place you should have visited. If you don’t have the possibilities to visit her store in person, you also can have a look on her stock online. At the Old Fleas she displayed some enchanting treasures, like a true 60s wedding dress, I felt in love with, because of the matching bolero jacket. Also she displayed a beautiful skirt with flowers in all colors which fits perfectly to a sunny picnic day. I haven’t visited her yet (offline) but I definitely should do.
Prinzipal Kreuzberg + Elli Fatale: The Prinzipal Kreuzberg is actually a, let’s call it burlesque varieté cocktail bar, together with Elli Fatale, as a designer for burlesque costumes and head pieces, who styles the Prinzipal’s dancers, their booth had been a fancy spot in the, almost, middle of the dance floor. The impressive head pieces with e.g. huge peacock feathers, loads of glitter and glamor are so typically varieté burlesque style. At the moment you can’t visit a shop online or offline, you could only ask her for her creations on facebook. But it’s planned to display some of the colorful pieces at the Prinzipal Kreuzberg and in an online store. So just be patient and soon you can dress up like Dita von Teese, for a special occasion maybe 😉
Goody Goody Berlin: The Etsy shop of Berlin’s vintage treasur hunter Ms. Falcon had also a booth at the Old Fleas market. Beautiful true vintage dresses, handbags and other accessoiries from the 40s to 60s she had with her. On Etsy you’ll find all pieces out of her closet which don’t fit to her style anymore or she had to seperate to have more space for new stuff. I had to be restrained as I had a look into the shop, because I felt, right away, in love with a gorgeous straw handbag from the 50s/60s with enchanting bast flowers. <3 <3 <3
Here you see all my impressions of the day in a slideshow:
Finally at the end of the day I made myself comfortable on the couch, with a chocolate tea and some little Portuguese cakes, which I bought also at the Old Fleas Vintage Market by the way, and enjoyed my new “old” vinyls, I could’t pass by this day. Candle light and music from the turntable, there’s nothing better at the end of a day like this.
Have you been there as well? What kinda impressions have you made? I would love to read about it, just drop a line below the article.
The next Old Fleas Vintage Market is in june. Just click in my calender!
==> For Part 1 about the “Caribbean Food Market” – click here