Moscow-based www.rodnye-igrushki.ru specializes in Russian-made toys. On cursory inspection I noticed several familiars from the 70s: plastic model airplanes, the famous Konstruktor sets, mechanical hockey, and of course wooden toys.
A nearly untouched by time consignment store found at Preobrazhensky val 25, next to a church or a monastery with a large “Иконописная мастерская” (icon-painting shop) sign.
What a pattern. Things I like appear to aggregate around religious establishments, which I don’t like. Yes, there is a story why but it is beyond the scope of this Uncle Pasha’s Moscow project.
My favourite is all-purpose classic Uzbek type. Light, well-balanced, easy to sharpen, handles well enough to do anything, from slicing your enemy’s throat to peeling carrots to taking coating off electric wires.
A dealer with a good collection and extensive knowledge of the subject is Olga Lapshina at the Vernissage market in Izmailovo, tel. +7 916 603 0653. Not far from the main entrance, the raw to your right.
BUT DON’T BUY RUSSIAN KNIVES FROM HER, OR ANYWHERE ELSE TO THAT MATTER. NOT THOSE FROM NIZHNY NOVGOROD FOR SURE. THEY TEND TO BE OVERTEMPERED AND MAY CRACK WHEN DROPPED.
Spend three hours at Novopodrezkovo in Khimki. Plus an hour getting there and over two back. The worse part was a giant jam on Novoskhkhodninskoye shosse on our way back because two nanoaccidents on the carousel by IKEA nearly blocked traffic for hours, the way it is usually done in this land where time is of no value and common sense non-existent.
Damn, why does a very positive report has to start with an episode that forces to check the Russian Misery category?!!
Same impression as from the first trip. Easy and relaxed. A welcomed break from Moscow all-pervasive glamour that’s enforced upon you no matter what. Try the Grabli (Rake) Cafe on Pyatnitskaya. And OK chain place, certainly not expensive, the sort of place to go to eat, not to impress yourself or others. But visit the washroom downstairs! The amount of expensive bronze there clashes, in a non-physical way of course, with the business that normally brings me there. I don’t want to see overdressed women, cars washed daily (fuck, see my www.moscowdrivers.net project – drivers listed there mention daily wash as a selling point damn it), and government offices decorated in marble and complete with god damn founains! If you share this sentiment the flea market may be one of very few options where there is nothing glamorous in sight. A couple of Gypsy women selling lipstick don’t count. MORE>>
Available sporadically all over, from garbage dumpsters to hardware stores. Look in smaller stores located by or in country markets where old farts like me tend to do their shopping. Don’t buy Chinese, they stick, and wooden handle are made with ergonomics that would suit a space alien but not your average human hand. These handles also tend to fall off. Dictator Lukashenko may not be the nicest guy but he keep his country away from Tephlon, and simple old-fashioned iron pans are still cast out in Belarus, and sent east to Russia to satisfy time warp inhabitants and kitchen snobs. Saw them at Novopodrezkovo (see previous posts) on Sunday, at Preobrazhensky market (a lot on it here), and even at expensive Danilovsky.
It’s there! Real!! Huge!!! Cheap!!!! Mostly 70s and 80s. Some pre-war and even pre-revolution stuff. Novopodrezkovo is the closest approximation of the old Lianozovo where we were selling off some of our possessions in 1980 in preparation for a move to Canada. Among many delights for a nostalgic ageing loser this market has as laidback of an atmosphere as one can find in generally tense and aggressive Russia.A gentle Only one pushy seller! Out of hundreds!! Only one lady swore at me for not moving fast enough. No one objected to Alexandra with her camera. Definitely not 2013 Moscow.
Off to check it out Sunday April 28 if still in possession of a few RRR$ after replacing, Thursday of Friday, cracks coil spring in that excuse of a car I’m driving.
You are welcomed to join.
One of the sellers at the “down and out” part of the Preobrazhenka flea market shared info on a few locations of other undocumented and unknown (except to true connoisseurs) flea markets in Moscow and around. These are:
- Near train station Novopodrezkovo, north end, in Moscow. This is the heir to the old famous Lianozovo. Said to be good and big.