Zagrebs HUGE flea market.

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Blog entry by gavinzagreb posted 03-21-2012 12:09 PM 3212 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Zagreb has a huge flea market in the wastelands on the edge of town out by the garbage mountain !
I love flea markets, and this one is one of the best. There is all sorts of new products, from clothes to tools and everything in between, along with a second hand car market plus a massive section of second hand goods. Literally everything can be found there. I get most of my router bits there (new) and I like to get old hand tools there also. There’s also many BBQ type food and drink establishments there. Most sundays I go there, browse and have barbecued meat and a beer for breakfast ! Hey, I’m just trying to fit in with the locals after all : )

I made a very rough video with my phone, which as it turns out, doesn’t like bright sunlight and it was an exceptionally bright spring morning (7.30 am). It’s unedited. Warning, seems I forgot to turn the camera off towards the end and filmed the ground a lot and also some peoples butts ! Tune out when you start feeling motion sickness.
I though I try to get across the enormity and variety of the place. Phone camera doesn’t do a good job of it.
Lot’s of picture too, showing some wares of interest for us lumberjocks and general tinkerers.
If you are ever in Zagreb, I’d be glad to take you out there. Lot’s of old wooden planes for the addicts among us.
Enjoy !

Darn, need to upload the video, will add later.
upload complete.
Hmm, i was able to embed my last video but can only manage a link for this one. Oh well.
Beautiful old carriage.

Wooden jointer plane. I ended up buying one that turns out to be from the best producer in Austria from the early 1900’s. It cost me about US$10 ! I’ll blog separately about the tools I bought.

A cannon ! and some large saw blades and arbours and some kind of huge clamp/vice.

Some kind of deadly table saw contraption that has a motor with a larger diameter than the saw blade !!
I decided not to buy that.

More later after the video uploads.

2 frame saws in a wooden half barrel

shoulder plane old hand saw and some draw knives

still more to come

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 12:21 PM

SERIOUSLY. That similar saw contraption is what my dad used in early 60’s. When I was able to afford a saw that had a fence and the blade angled and went UP & down I thought I was in heaven !!!!
(He did have all his fingers when he died)

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 03-21-2012 12:25 PM

WOW! I want the cannon! Now that’s a flea market worth the trip. If I mount that sucker on the bow of my sailboat, I’ll be ready to repel boarders or capture prizes.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 03-21-2012 12:35 PM

Wow Gavin this is amazing, especially that wooden plane. Are you the same Gavin on the router forum? Maybe we talked about shop made clamps once.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-21-2012 12:46 PM

Hal, if I see another cannon, I’ll snap it up for you. You’ll have to sail here to get it, but that would be an adventure you would never forget !

Chips, a lot of people here have table saws similar, mostly just used to cut up fire wood and construction lumber.

Stefang, yep it’s me. I see at least 5 of those old planes every time I go. I’ve bought 2 so far but gave one away.
Video about to go up, and some more pics.

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#5 posted 03-21-2012 02:56 PM


When I retired in 2001 I helped a friend take his 30’ sailboat from Salem, MA across the North Atlantic. Or destination was Spain, but we spent so much time exploring Salem, then exploring Halifax, NS, and even more time exploring Horta in the Azores that Jean left his boat there till the next Summer and I flew home. Here’s Some photos I put on the web after the trip.

One day I’d like to make the trip again in my boat… I’m on an inland lake about 1500 miles from the ocean, but all the damns on the rivers between me and the Gulf of Mexico have locks and all you have to do to get to the ocean is approach each lock and the operator will flush you down the river. Well, that’s what it feels like when you are going from lake level to the river below. It takes about 9 days to get down the river and a few days longer to motor back up against the current.

If I ever get to visit, I’d love to go to the flea market there.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 03-21-2012 03:11 PM

That’s very cool !!

I’d love to come see the flea market, but … I’m a bit concerned about parking …. ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 03-21-2012 08:59 PM

Sounds like you’ve already had a lot of adventures Hal. The Adriatic makes for great sailing. 1000 islands off the Croatian coast.
Neil, I guess you watched the video and noticed the car chaos. Luckily I have a spot to park that’s a short walk away across a farmers field. I actually get in and out faster than those that drive all the way.

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#8 posted 03-21-2012 09:09 PM

Some beam augers hiding away behind a pitch fork

bought this one

what’s this used for ? ignore the cables on it.

Various circular saws, including a Hilti track saw, and a makita with an odd dust extraction system.

still more to come.

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#9 posted 03-22-2012 12:42 AM

Wow. I went to my local (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA) flea market this last weekend, and it was crap. Nothing but junk, (probably stolen) small appliances, and Harbor Freight surplus (and no guns – that’s the rule – even if they’re perfectly legal).

Nobody would haggle, either. I’d always heard Americans are the least haggling culture in the world, but at a flea market? There were a few old tools I was interested in, and the conversations went like this:

“How much are you asking for this?”


“Will you take twenty?”

“No. Thirty.”

Must be nice to have access to an “old world” place like this.

Oh, and there were a few drawknives. Not one of them had more than 1 handle, and every one of them had had the back edge hit, and mushroomed, with a hammer.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 03-23-2012 11:40 AM

Hey JJ, here you can haggle with most, but things are general so cheap you may end up just haggling over $2-$5

Some more pics from the flea market.

Legs ! Maybe good for a table : )

potential band saw wheels perhaps

started buying all my sand paper there, $1.50 for a roll. Good place to get casters too.

some kind of old mill, not sure if it’s for grains or olives

all kinds of electric motors

some of the meaty delights that can be had for breakfast

this guy has a lot of everything, old and new

sponges sponges and more sponges

how many chucks could a Croat chuck if a Croat could chuck chucks ?

you can also find just about any part for any car

Might just leave it at that for now. Probably I’ll go again this sunday and just take pics of old tools. Maybe someone here might like to see them and I’d be happy to buy them and send them to anyone without profit.
You never know if the same thing will be there the next week though.

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