Girls who love the markets here

Barbara Starecka, Agata Wojtczak, Kamila Wagner / Private Archive

Old-fashioned tourism fascinates me more than vacations abroad, says Kamila Wagner, fashion editor of Vogue Polska and a fan of shopping at flea markets and markets. Together with Agata Wojtczak, co-founder of the Maar jewelry brand, and Barbara Starecka, a journalist, culinary critic and author of the Nakarmiona Starecka blog, they talk about a few zlotys worth of artwork, vintage pearls and furnished apartments. from the trash.

They have a desire to “look” in their blood, although it is to live them in the spirit of “zero waste”, to respect the old art, to feel the quality that is not found in stores “with the new”, to miss the old. when they go to markets, markets, trash cans. They tell us about their most valuable achievements for pennies, merchant techniques, and interesting places worth going for second-hand shopping.

The first memory of the market

Kamila: The green market is a market in my city, divided into two parts: the open greens and the market section. On Saturdays, clothes and small everyday items were sold on long metal benches. There were antiques and Primark items imported en masse from England. I used to go there with my mother, and then I sold the things I left at home alone to earn money during the holidays.

Aqata: I have been going to antique fairs since childhood. My mother regularly took me hunting for grapes. Then I can not say that I am satisfied with it. Today, she still prefers to buy clothes, and I like ceramics, glass and interior accessories.

Barbara: My mother had a culture of beautiful clothes (so far I have an interesting wool coat, probably a camel, a espadrille from Helsinki in the 70s and a Marimekko pocket pad). I grew up in a home that focused on the quality of the materials. Fast fashion was admired because there were no vintage stores at that time, because the first chain of stores appeared, the only alternative was a lump of clothes washed a hundred times. The turning point was second-hand gastronomy and the flourishing of fashion, that is. Two important events that coincided in time – this was more than a decade ago. It was then that the first major food fairs, supermarkets and markets appeared. Gastronomic pop-ups began in Poland at the same time as second-hand fashion fairs in cinemas, clubs and community centers. Instead of going to the boutique at a certain address, I went to the so-called event.

Photo by Agata Wojtczak, Private Archive
Photo by Agata Wojtczak, Private Archive
Photo by Agata Wojtczak, Private Archive
Photo by Agata Wojtczak, Private Archive

On the counter on Sunday …

Kamila: I like to give myself time. Look at everything one by one with your hands and knees. I have my own way in the places I go regularly and I like to repeat it regularly. While I don’t expect anything in a cardboard box full of broken glass, walk around where others don’t want to look. It’s a pity to get up at five in the morning and look at your head. I choose what they “tell me”. I do not look at signatures, labels, stamps.

Agatha: I guess visiting the market is first and foremost a pleasure and fun. Nothing by force. Or rather, I do not set an alarm clock, although you usually go to such places early in the morning. My sweetheart and Antarny, co-founder of Maar, and I wake up on Sunday and go and have breakfast after shopping (we never come back empty-handed) – it’s our tradition. I like to mix the boxes, because there you will find beautiful ceramics for a few zlotys. When I feel that the deal is worthwhile, I ask Anthony how much it costs.

Barbara: My system is based on colors. Usually I know what I’m interested in and what I’m hunting for, so I don’t waste time looking at other things. For example, I am currently researching Lycra suits and dream of a larger collection. But I must admit that the formula of large fairs is a bit beyond me, I can shop less and less on such a scale, I prefer private conditions.

Here are the biggest achievements of the markets

Kamila: A beautiful silver ring with a few zlotys of coral and natural, irregular pearls. where is I wish I knew. I also have a large collection of old-fashioned and paranormal magazines – I love them and look at them regularly. I bought beautiful, handmade cowboy boots for about 10 zlotys. I love my glassware, yellow pear-painted glasses, and the colorful shades that hang on Ikea frames. Today, my favorite loot is the inflatable ring earrings, which cost 23 zlotys in 23 degrees below zero in Koło, Warsaw. They always collect compliments, so it was worth freezing your hands a bit.

Agatha: A plate with the names of French cheeses, small pastel cups where I drink coffee in the morning, or a glass spoon from the new Hay collection. However, the best predator is the blue and silver patterned long fish. One Saturday morning, Anthony and I were checking on the phone, and suddenly he was shown the account of a boy from the Colo market. We saw this fish in the background. We decided to go to him immediately. The fish was waiting for us. We decided that it would be a perfect fit for our new kitchen. I thought it would be on a shelf in the center, but it turned out to be too long, so we finally redesigned the furniture for it.

Barbara: Italian leather sandals with wooden heels were waiting for me at the Warsaw Olympics. Exactly what I imagined, so I paid a little more than the seller wanted. Such moments give me a real picture of the world, I think: today I buy these sandals, maybe someday I will sell them. My greatest treasures come from trash cans. Every time I pass by, I don’t look back when I see something crumbling in them. My husband and I once had an excellent cabinet made of decent wood for the cookbooks we had hardly brought home (again – quality!) (Since then, he has moved from apartment to apartment with us). I also have a beautiful Art Nouveau mirror painted turquoise, someone threw it from an apartment in Warsaw. Bagateli. It was obviously part of the dressing table, we broke what had to be done and now it hangs in the living room. In Vilga, near Warsaw, we also have beautiful Chierowski chairs that have been rotting in one of the resorts since the 1980s. I gave them to the floor master, changed the sponges and springs.

Photo by Barbara Starecka, Private Archive
Photo by BarbaraStarecka, Private Archive
Photo by Barbara Starecka, Private Archive
Photo by Barbara Starecka, Private Archive

An ancient place on a dream map

Kamila: One day I would like to go to the antique market in Chestochova on Sunday, my dear friend regularly seduces us with photos of the goods I bought there. Some time ago, I found a map of Masovia lice markets, which is a planner on the Internet. Old-fashioned tourism fascinates me more than vacations abroad, so it’s probably a summer idea.

Agatha: We plan to visit several markets near Warsaw. For example, we would like to finally go to Słomczyn, but this means getting up too early, so we haven’t gathered yet. From abroad, I think I can like an antique market in Scandinavia.

Barbara: I have a complete map of the places I want to visit in Europe, from Berlin to Tel Aviv. These are intimate vintage shops that always reflect the atmosphere of your place. I can tell what part of the world I’m in because of the clothes on the shelves. These are the best travel souvenirs you can bring.

Photo by Kamila Wagner, Personal Archive
Photo by Kamila Wagner, Personal Archive
Photo by Kamila Wagner, Personal Archive
Photo by Kamila Wagner, Personal Archive

Craft is the motto of the April issue of Vogue Polska magazine. Find more inspiration in the magazine. You can buy in press salons and online.

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