Lego and Playmobil lures Unter den Linden

Preetz. The sun is shining from the sky on the anniversary. But it is not too hot for the merchants and visitors at the Cathrinplatz in Preetz. The dense foliage of the trees provides ample shade. For the 50th time, the stalls at the Lego and Playmobil flea markets will be set up at Unter den Linden next Saturday. They attract not only children and adolescents, but also many elderly people who love small pebbles and figurines with accessories.

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Among them is the head of the environmental department in Preetz, Jan Birk, who initiated the flea market at Cathrinplatz. As the then candidate for mayor, in 2015 he ran a campaign for more life for the so-called a multi-purpose square that served mainly as a parking lot. A Lego enthusiast came up with the idea of ​​organizing a regular flea market there – and received support from the elected mayor, Björn Demmin.

No special usage fee – no stand fee

“We have not had to pay any special usage fees so far,” thank you. There will also be a booth fee. Plus, says Jan Birk. “All people want to buy Lego and Playmobil, but at other flea markets with lots of professional dealers, crazy prices are often asked. It always annoyed me.

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Already in 2013, it started operating at the flea market at the Capitol Cine Center in Preetz. The premiere took place in May 2016 at Cathrinplatz. From May on, every first Saturday of the month, Lego and Playmobil fans searched boxes and tables for bargains and missing parts. But then came the crown pandemic and slowed down the hustle and bustle.

Repeatedly talked to the regulatory office to see if it was possible to continue. “But then we would have to carry out entry controls and keep a great distance at the tables,” says Birk. “That’s why we preferred to leave it alone.” After a long break, we set off again in May.

The flea market started again in May after a Corona break

“The first flea market after Corona was great,” reports Markus Kord-to-Krax from the stand next door, who now looks for parts at other flea markets and offers them again here. There is also a lot going on at den Linden for the 50th edition. Visitors pass tables and steps with boxes full of bricks in all parts, as well as fire trucks and helicopters, police stations and airports.

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Jan Birk still likes to build with Lego bricks himself. It’s a creative counterbalance to stress, he says. It doesn’t follow any instructions, but just starts and tries to solve challenges, such as when it has to build turns for the Minionk, which is about one meter tall.

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Laboe’s Sönke Jensen, who is now a co-organizer, also got Lego fever since he and his son brought old Lego bricks from their parents’ attic. “We started with 2,500 to 3,000 bricks, today there are around 100,000,” he says. How are you tracking it? “We sorted everything into boxes with different sized compartments.”

Lego City and Christmas Village in the living room

At one point, he and his son built an entire city of Lego in the showroom. But growth was so limited that you could still watch the news on TV, says the 57-year-old smiling. It is not so much about building the counted stones according to instructions, but about creativity. “You can implement your ideas right away, just reach into the box.” He then pulls out a DIN A4 photo and shows a home photo inspired by the Elbphilharmonie.

“You can make great things out of it,” marvels Nina Gertz of Itzehoe, who made her first appearance at the Lego and Playmobil flea markets. At Christmas, the entire living room is rebuilt and a Christmas village is created on the wallpaper tables. “We even motorized our Christmas sleigh and placed the reindeer on moving stones,” says her nine-year-old son Jakob Julius.

Permanent replacement in Lego and Playmobil

Her two boys are delighted. They would choose what they wanted to give themselves. If the kids want something new, get it done and use the money to buy something else. “It’s coming and going all the time,” she says, laughing. The advantage is that Lego does not lose its value and is durable. And if you find out that a stone is missing after purchase, you can always order it again.

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The flea market is also the premiere of Katharina Strauer from Bosau. “We cleaned the children’s room,” he says, looking at his son Leandro (10). She finds it practical that you don’t need to set up an extra table, but you can put everything on the stairs.

At the table Antje Möller, who is offering her children Playmobil toys for the second time, Osa Hansen stops and grabs the mobile home. “It’s for our grandson when he goes camping with his grandfather,” says Preetzerin. Antje Möller is enthusiastic about the flea market: the time is not that long and you don’t have to pay for a booth. “Otherwise, you have to sell six items before you can get your fee back.”

The flea market officially runs from 10:00 to 12:00. The next stands will be set up on August 6. Jan Birk pulls out the announcement card for the next time, prints it and distributes it to everyone. “People hang them everywhere, in the supermarket or at work.”

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