I dont know if you celebrate Valentine’s Day, because I dont. Never had and never will. Well, …unless it’s vintage, of course. Cinta Tempo Doeloe (Vintage Valentine) is an event organized by Komunitas Djadoel on Feb 11 (today) until Feb 21, 2013 at Blok M Plaza, Kebayoran Baru. Anything you can think of at the vintage department, you will find it here, said Omen, the vintage activist who is in charge of the event. There are over 60 booths participating, offering many different items, and yes, including those antique Mercedez Benz cars, and photos of Indonesian movie stars from the 80’s. Looks like this year I have an excuse to celebrate Valentine. By the way, this 10 day event will also conduct a charity auction, band performance and other entertainment. Happy Vintage Valentine everyone.
Jakarta Vintage tour was back again and this time around it was more enlightening. At least in the first stop of the tour at National Museum (Museum Gajah). Thanks to my friend Rima who has been very kind to guide –and educate– us about some important collections in the museum. With Rima as the guide –really a walking museum wikipedia I would say–, two hour walking around in the museum was a quick business. So quick that it was almost lunch time already and we had to rush to Trio. Does anyone remember Trio? An unpretentious, quite authentic Chinese restaurant in Cikini that has been around for 66 years, that’s where we had lunch. Sigit and Lucy have been there once, but the rest of the group is new to this vintage restaurant. Two portions of roasted ducks, fried doves, and two plates of cah kangkung later –honestly I dont remember what else that we ate there– we are full and energized to hit Jalan Surabaya for a vintage hunting, the meat of the program. For those who have visited the place, have you ever stepped into the back area where many more shops are located? You should. This back area is as fun. Ending the vintage tour in Jalan Surabaya is really true to the whole point of having the tour. Lucy came home with some old books and maps, Rosaleen was happy with her new finds (what did you get by the way?). Nicole and Matt were excited with some crystal and glasses for their new home in Jakarta, Sigit bought an old Chinese painting. And shall I mention too that I went home with five Grace Simon and Andi Meriem Mattalata’s vinyls? Lol. Yes, this time around the tour is as fun as it is enlightening.
How can anyone go to Solo without visiting the famous Pasar Triwindu for a vintage therapy and not talking about it? I cant. So here it goes. Visiting Triwindu flea market now is a pleasant experience, compared to …four years ago. It’s clean, well-organized, and it has almost everything in vintage department. Did I mention that the pasar is also located in a new two storied building dedicated to vintage and antiques? Yup. Nett nett–as my friend Geline likes to put it– the only competition comes from Antique shopping arcade in Jalan Surabaya, Jakarta, in terms of “one-stop-vintage-shopping experience”. After spending almost a whole day here, I managed to secure a set of 70’s chairs and table, vintage doors and Dutch era metal pillars. I told you it has everything, not just typical vintage stuff as I featured here. Have a productive Monday everyone!
I had no idea Pasar Beringharjo Yogjakarta has a flea market inside, until recently. What I know of, the market is known more for the batiks, so it’s good that I asked around and insisted that for an old pasar such as this –and it’s in Yogja for good sake– there had to be vendors selling vintage and antique. My conviction paid off. The flea market wing is on the left side of the market, along a narrow alley. There are around ten vendors selling enamels, cookie jars, glasses, tea sets, and –this you can hardly find outside Yogja and Solo– cap batik (= a copper stamp to make printed batik). Like in any flea market, most of the sellers are friendly and eager, especially to a visitor like me. Here are some photos. Stay vintage!
I have for a long time heard about Jatinegara as a flea market spot, but only weeks ago I had a chance to see it myself, thanks to my friend Mbak Tuti who insisted that the place is a must visit for vintage junkies like me. She was right. Like any other flea market, the place offers random items, from camera and painting, to practically anything and everything, and yes, junks are inclusive. Jatinegara flea market is bigger than Kebayoran Lama and Taman Puring, thus it offers more items. Not necessarily better though. But somehow I was lucky to go home with a green ice thermos and some vintage kain ulos. This is the thing with going to a flea market, you dont know what you are going to get and you end up buying things you dont even think you need or want. Happy New Year to all my friends, hope next year is another great year for everyone.
together in a nice way is –as it turned out– not an easy job. We did some trials and errors, but the result is –I must say– worth the sweat. The items look much nicer in pictures –ooops– well I guess that’s what you get when a photographer (Ricky), a stylist (Veve), a vintage junkie (Sigit) and an ad man (that’s me) work together and shine. Enjoy the video (shot and edited by Dimas) and have a nice long weekend:)
Kariim sent me a video of our trip to Jalan Surabaya several weeks ago. You know what the place has to offer, well practically anything antique and vintage, however our visit somehow focused only on vinyls, turntables and cassettes, as you can see in the video. Not exactly doing justice to the place, but through this video I hope you can get the picture of what this famous place looks like. Kariim shot, developed and edited it all by himself, with a little help from the legendary Rolling Stones’ song: Hand of Fate. Have a good week ahead everyone.
Vintage hunting during fasting month can be quite a challenge as most hunting places are outdoor and just too hot for this fasting body. So for a chance it was really nice to visit a full-air-conditioned vintage fair held by demajors as part of an event called Rawkmadhan, in Gandaria last week. This fair focused on vinyls, CD, cassettes, and some music instruments, plus of course vintage comics, magazines, ads, toys and other items such as cameras and suitcases. Some of the vendors and the vintage fellows are familiar faces, some others are cool hipsters who are now becoming vintage junkies. As usual, in spite of coming there in a rush I somehow managed to secure some cool vinyls from Ridwan, a flip clock from Ferdy, and a red President suitcase from Omen. This is the good thing about fair or bazaar: the stuff is more well-selected, so we can make a quick decision. By the way, aside from this record fair, Rawkmadhan also presented talk show, music performance and exhibitions. What a cool way to kill time during Ramadhan. Thanks for the iniative Adhi Djimar and friends. Look forward to more cool event next time.
Our first Jakarta Vintage tour took place yesterday, starting off with what my friend Rima calls “heritage tour” at the National Museum (or Museum Gajah). Rima thinks it is important for us to get a little history and culture education before we hit the flea market and I couldn’t agree more. Except that we did it only for fifteen minutes, including ten minutes for photo shoots, o dear. Anyway, done with the museum tour, we hit Taman Puring to check out the latest vintage collection there. For my friends Kiki, Rima, Vanda, Ivan, Anna, Geline, Nanang and Andu, this is the first visit to a flea market in Jakarta, well probably to any flea market. And boy how they raid the place in style. Vanda in her red hot mini skirt to show off her curvy legs and Geline came in her new hairdo, fresh from the salon. I trust yesterday was an unforgettable day… especially for the vendors there. The tour ended up with fast breaking in the tasteful, classy restaurant Merah Delima. What a fun and vintageful day yesterday. Enjoy the photos.
My friend Kariim just sent me another video which he shot, developed and edited all by himself. I watched it right away and thought I should share it with you again here. The video is a clip of our vintage hunting session to Kebayoran Lama a month ago. For someone who is new to vintage and flea market ideas, Kariim –he is fifteen years old, an intern in my office– has really good eyes in spotting good stuff. Three minutes and two shops, he already managed to secure a cool polaroid camera for himself. A quick learner. Watch and enjoy the video. The soundtrack is “The Pretender” by Datarock. Happy fasting Sunday!