Socialist Souvenirs

Out with the old, in with the new... scouring flea markets and junk shops in Eastern Europe is one of my favorite travel pastimes. So much of Eastern Europe's socialist/communist era products are disappearing in favor of the bright and shiny promises of Western goods and I love stumbling upon these remnants of this past era.

 Child's rattle from a flea market in Chisinau, Moldova

Child's rattle from a flea market in Chisinau, Moldova

 Buttons from a junk shop in Tallinn, Estonia

Buttons from a junk shop in Tallinn, Estonia

 Alarm clock in the shape of a baby bird

Alarm clock in the shape of a baby bird

 A little plastic suitcase to carry your eggs home from the egg shop, scored at a market in Tallinn, Estonia

A little plastic suitcase to carry your eggs home from the egg shop, scored at a market in Tallinn, Estonia

 Pastels from Romania circa 1996

Pastels from Romania circa 1996

 The only toothbrushes available at the central department store in Prague in 1991

The only toothbrushes available at the central department store in Prague in 1991

 Light switches and buttons scored at flea markets in Moldova and Ukraine

Light switches and buttons scored at flea markets in Moldova and Ukraine

 Obsolete rotary telephone, in a lovely shade of light blue, at a flea market in Kiev, Ukraine (which accompanied me home in the bottom of my bag)

Obsolete rotary telephone, in a lovely shade of light blue, at a flea market in Kiev, Ukraine (which accompanied me home in the bottom of my bag)

 A lovely UNIS tbm typewriter designed in West Germany, made in Yugoslavia, and found at a flea market in Yerevan, Armenia (this one had to be left behind, not enough room in my bag)

A lovely UNIS tbm typewriter designed in West Germany, made in Yugoslavia, and found at a flea market in Yerevan, Armenia (this one had to be left behind, not enough room in my bag)

 A wood burning machine for kids (that sounds safe) in its original box at a flea market in Vilnius, Lithuania

A wood burning machine for kids (that sounds safe) in its original box at a flea market in Vilnius, Lithuania

 A colorful plastic abacus scored at a flea market in Zagreb, Croatia

A colorful plastic abacus scored at a flea market in Zagreb, Croatia