Every now and then a Cleaning Day is organised in Helsinki and some other Finnish cities. Today was one the day – does this happen elsewhere in the world too? On this day city turns into a big fleemarket, everyone can sell either from their yards or get together on common ground to sell things they do not need anymore. Everyone is also responsible for cleaning up after themselves.
Last May me and some mums got together and sold kids clothing and toys at one of the playgrounds. That time I think I carried home as much stuff as I came with, but I had gotten rid of the most of the cloths too small to my kids and found clothes in more suitable sizes instead.
How common is it in other countries to hand over kids old clothes to friends smaller kids for free or for a few bucks? We do it all the time here – clothes are hardly warn out after one season of use but they will be to small the next time the same season comes.
This time we didn’t have any excess to sell but went to check out the offers on Käpylä square in the morning. It is a good place to go to as you can be sure there are always people getting together there and that the atmosphere will be relaxed. Maybe the atmosphere is set by the Käpylä kiosk in the corner, a great alternative kiosk with very affordable prices and the best ice cream (more about my beloved kiosk here). Anyway, there was a fair crowd selling items, and we had a relaxing walk/ bike ride (kids) when looking at the stalls combined with a little play on the playground next to the square even though we didn’t this time find anything we wanted to take home.
Next Cleaning Day 24th May 2014.