Loppis, a “must” word that you’ll have to learn when you start your journey in Sweden. Why? Well, because it the word that describes “flea market” and where you’ll be able to fine super nice stuff for a super cheap price (trust me, you want that as a student). Flea markets in Sweden, and I guess all around the world, can take place in private places (like garage sales), public places where you have a bazzillion bunch of people selling stuff in a public space, and flea boutiques.
Now, let me tell you something, Swedes are cray cray about their loppis! There are almost one (or more) every week with thousands of second hand things that most probably will satisfy your needs and make you save some kronor! If i’m giving you this advice is because once you move to Sweden, Facebook will start suggesting your attendance to all of these “Loppis” around the country haha. Moreover, it is super nice way of decrease our consumption of newly made products! (i.e. lower our environmental footprint)! Why is this important? Well, you may be super excited about moving to such a country like Sweden, but it is important to highlight that Swedish environmental footprint is far away from sustainable!
Swedes are currently living lifestyles that would require the equivalent of four Earths to sustain – 4.2 to be precise.The Local, Sweden (2016)
Hey! It is important because they (we) are only 10 million people approx. living here! 10 million people having a lifestyle that requires 4.2 more resources than the ones there are available out there! Let’s close the circle of consumption and let’s start by reducing and recycling 😀 as a matter of fact, I was going bananas trying to fine a nice chair/sofa for my room as I had a desk that I was not using at all. I went to one of this loppis and found an Ikea chair (normal price 80 Euro – ish) for the price of *suspense in the post* … 7 EURO! Yes! SEVEN! So you see, closing the loop is good for the environment and the economy 😀
Want to know more about the Loppis being organised in Stockholm? Click here! And remember to think twice if you really need to buy something brand new 😛