Novopodrezkovo flea market in Khimki. Photos, comments.

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Finally, here is the promised set of images, made by Alexandra, with my comments.
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General view. One serious dealer has a whole makeshift barn to himself. Privileged traders are in stalls. In the outer reaches there traders who sell from cars. Poor babushkas just spread their wares on the ground.

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Made of automobile tires. The shoemaker himself is occasionally present at the market. This pair, size 40 (US 91/2?) is 2500R (about $75).

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Biting is unsanitary. Vampires please note this blood transfusion kit.

Yes, I can be hired for a comprehensive overview of Moscow from the “local” perspective. Need Red Square, dead Lenin etc. routine? I will recommend a suitable guide. But for an in-depth overview of the city I may be just what you need.

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Emergency thermal blankets, 50R ($1.70).

Several photos below is Alexandra’s attempt to capture the collective face of market habitual. To me they seem unusually relaxed compared to the expression worn by Muscovites.

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Lots of books, mostly from the Soviet era. Many on the technical subject, from the days when Russia was an industrial giant and mass-producing engineers was the national goal.

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That’s my own catch. A proper fountain pen with a soft nib. After a gentle soaking in vodka it came back to life. Smooth and does not leak. One more step for me towards giving up on computers.

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Glass and porcelain items are also numerous, and often cheap.

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The seal of Kuznetsov, a major pre-revolution porcelain producer.

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Wooden houses are abandoned or burned to make way for condominiums. Twenty years ago this area was real countryside complete with cows and horses. I still remember possibly the last delivery horse in Moscow in late 60s. And going to a village in what now is Ismaylovksy Park to buy goat milk. I want back! Even at the cost of Brezhnev forever and smelly populace.

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Piles of items that did not sell are covered with plastic and left unattended.

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Costs nothing or very little to sell at this market. Stalls probably need to be reserved. Anybody can walk or drive in but you need to be in real early (6am in the summertime they say) to get a good spot. I want to try my hand there. Presently going through my things and putting together my own truck full to take to Novopodrezkovo.

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The road to Novopodrezkovo, Novoskhodnenskoye shosse. Mud, water, and traffic jams.

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An old telephone in functional order is about 1500R ($50). I’m thinking of getting one.

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Radio lamps. metal melting devices for home use, heat pumps, solar batteries etc. etc. from the early 90s, when military-oriented industry was told to “convert”. Interesting stuff was made these days, and it is well represented at this market.

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One way to get rid of unwanted things is to give them to these babushkas. Sometimes you can even get a few kopecks for them but prices here are generally very low. Sellers socialize a lot and towards the end of the day they were forming groups to share a drink. My impression from overheard conversations is that most of them are not much motivated by money. On the other hand, a seller at Preobrazhensky shared that on an average day he sells 4-5 thousand roubles ($130-160) worth.

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Toys from 70s and 80s.

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I’m noting this seller. Vladimir, 8 903 574 8277, (495) 424 4465, vladimirkrivbk@rambler.ru. Of things that interest me he has electric generators, solar cells and panels, welding equipment, inverters (to get 220VDC from the car battery) and other goodies.

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By no means unusual for spring. Once I got caught on a 50km stretch of flooded road. One of the reasons I insist on a diesel, which is much less sensitive to water than an engine that has high tension wires.

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Perfect as a banner!

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“Everything 1 rouble.”

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Got a hat. By flea market standards it was outrageously expensive (300R or $10) but if fit well and I think made me look like a true flea market habitual. I normally can’t stand crowds but at this particular market I felt remarkably comfortable, and am thinking of hauling my unwanted things there.

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500 roubles ($17US) or less.

road_to_podrezkovo

I had clients who declined my transportation services because of the car. Sorry guys. It needs to be a big beaten up diesel. A diesel engine does not mind water all over. The car’s age and appearance repels thieves, and Moscow suburbia is full of petty criminals. The vehicle has to look ugly. Sorry, no improvements expected here.

russian_brides

I may use this image ti illustrate the “Russian brides” concept.

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A real steam engine from the 70s. 15000R ($500).

stills

Stills to make hooch, 6-8000R ($200-280). These too are on my Wanted list.

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“Everything 10 roubles.”

vaseline

Vaseline, probably outdated, in typical 70s tubes. Vaseline here is perceived as something humorous and is associated with non-standard practices, especially of the forced sort. The sign urges shoppers to get a tube of for their subordinates and dependents. Presenting someone with a jar of vaseline is like saying “I’m going to screw you anally but as an act of mercy I will let you use lubrication”. Can be a deadly insult. Don’t do that! 20 roubles.

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