One Swedish summer pastime I am particularly fond of is going to the loppmarknad, or loppis as they are more commonly called.
They are essentially fleamarkets and range massively in size and quality from big, organised affairs down to a (often badly) hand-painted sign by the roadside that leads into someone's garage. Not knowing what you might find is precicely what makes me want to go!
My favourites are the ones organised by local youth football clubs or scout groups. They tend to be advertised in the local press and in the weeks running up to the event they collect unwanted stuff donated by people in the vicinity. Judging by what sometimes turns up on sale day people keep some VERY odd things in their homes! But the beauty is that whatever is brought in, there is usually a buyer for it.
At one I went to earlier this summer there was something close to a stampede over what looked like a brass pineapple. I have no idea of its use but as soon as the gong went - yes, the bigger ones have an official starting time! - a bidding war broke out over said metal fruit: a first for me. I think it sold for something close to 600 kronor, a whole fortune at an event where most other household things sell around the 10-20 kronor mark.
I like that the proceeds from sale day at these events go to keeping local clubs going. In a lot of these smaller, sparsely populated countryside villages there won't be whole lot for the kids to do outside school so if playing football or learning how to tie knots make them happy and healthy I am all for supporting them.
And just look at what I found on my last outing! They may not be the most conventional of jewellery studio storage solutions, but I love them.