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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 189: “Odds and Ends”

It’s Tina’s turn to host the Lens-Artist’s Photo Challenge this week. I assume everyone has some of these dust-catchers in her home. On a cupboard, shelf, sofa, or windowsill you can find more or less valuable things. One bought and valuated then stored in a drawer or a card box at the attic or in the cellar, later put in the bin or sold at a garage sale or flea market.

A few years ago, we had a booth at flea-marked selling toys and games of our kids, where they were too old for in the meantime. I sold one of them for a quite low price, but the receiver wasn’t a kid. Instead, a dog got it. At once the dog bit fierce in the toy. You can’t imagine how that hurt inside to see the dog maltreated a toy having comforted one of our kids for years and was even in their bed. I know, I gave it away and the new owner can now do, what she wants with her property. But, seeing such cruelty isn’t nice.



It’s sometimes hard to find images fitting to a certain challenge. For these tasks, I’m using the help of Excire Foto. I told the software where my image library is located and it starts analyzing the images. It recognizes the main colors in the images as well as the contents (what is in the images) and tags them automatically. Later, I can use the user interface to search for images with certain tags. Currently, you can save a few bucks when ordering Excire Foto, because it’s on sale.



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At the flea market

600_0057_wTwice a year our town organizes a huge flea market in the inner area of the town. A few streets are closed and two big squares, usually used as parking ground, too. One sunday in May and one in October, I already  told about. It usually start officially at 6 a.m., but unofficially at 3 a.m.

In case, you want to make a bargain buy, you have to go very early. At least, before breakfast.

As you can see, I wasn’t so early at the market. But, I was there only for watching and for taking photographs. All I bought was an old leather suitcase to be used as a decoration for my people photography. My kids were lucky enough to find two 17″ LCD computer monitors as a replacement for their very old 15″ (1024×768) ones with display errors for only 10 and 17€  although they are rather young and made by Acer and Samsung. My wife bought a few things she could use for her memory work as a dementia attendant. As well as A4 prints of some of my photos.

The gallery at the end of this post ist quite large this time, because I want to give you an impression, what kind of stuff you can expect to find on a ‘good’ flea market. There are also some specialised kind of flea markets around, where you can i.e. find only books or computer parts or kids toys or car accessories (you got the idea).

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At the flea market

600_4243_wToday was flea market day. Twice a year on a Sunday we have a big flea market here, organized by the city development organization. This time, the flea market was held for  the 75. time. Every year in May and in October it takes place. People search at their attic, in the wardrobes and the cellar, for stuff to sale. They rent a space in the streets an on huge parking lots.

The official start is at 6 o’clock in the morning, but many people set their stands up earlier in the night.  The first customers also come in these early hours to make their bargains. You can find nearly everything: clothes, shoes, toys, oil painting, antiques, used cell phones, computer parts, books, records and many other stuff, you won’t think of.

Certainly, a flea market also has a few booths, where you can by some sweets, beer, coffee, crepes, french fries and grilled sausages.

Today, the weather was not that good. Although there was no rain, but it was quite cold. Only 8°C made the salespeople at their stands feel very cold. And, because of the weather I guess, there were fewer visitors at the market, as usual, when it is warmer. So, bad luck. When I was at the market at noon time, I saw several people packing their stuff back in the boxes to bring it home again. Usually the market closes at 6 p.m and the first people start packing the boxes at approximately 5 o’clock.

Today’s gallery is quite long again. I hope, you enjoy it anyway.

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