The Antique Market is once again happening this weekend Saturday January 7th in the old city of Tvrđa in Osijek. It takes place on the first Saturday of every month. This is the place to be as it will brings some great finds for collectors or those who just want to be part of finding a piece of Osijek’s rich culture. Here you will find everything from books to some really unusual stuff that is hard to find. It all depends on the things you are looking for. The collection is always changing as the vendors bring a lot of pieces to choose from. There is much to see from Antique porcelain, furniture, clocks, wooden toys, and other items that you may never have seen before. This history of Tvrđa is a story in itself bringing the feeling of the old world making it the perfect place to stroll through the antique market.
Classical or even Contemporay Art
Local artist have put together some great pieces of art painting from the surrounding areas of familiar landscapes and subject matter nearby. There are also a good collection of Art buyers that have brought a broad mixture of Antique prints and paintings. The pictures tell a story of events that of religion, sports, politics, architecture, adventure and of course a time of chivalry. Chivalry was a time of romance in the medieval days. In modern day times it would be called the science of love. The painting techniques and the materials used make this market a great place to find something that fits everyone desire to have a piece of living history.
There are many great Antique finds here at the market that are intriguing to look at. The amount of unique items make a great conversation piece.
The antiques are arrangement of different era’s that have long been forgotten by the millennial generation. For instance there is the classic Gramophone which is hand cranked moving the record around the table. Producing amazing sound that the needle picks up off the record and is amplified through the gramophones trumpet shape. There was no electrical wiring in those earlier days. It is even possible to find the old cast iron used by simply placing the Iron on a hot plate to transfer heat. The devise was quiet heavy and used to Iron clothing. This may just be the place to find some of the piece you may have been searching for in your European collection.
Collectables and books
There are many people on search for old buttons or old coins of the past. The vendors have great knowledge of the items and can easily explain the history of the significance to the time period. In recent years people have started to look back on many things that have slowly faded away. The one thing I did not know was that Croatia has a vast amount of comic books from the period of when Western movies were popular and there was a fascination with cowboy comic books. The amount of different subject matter is great and it’s always interesting to find an old cook book or lifestyle magazine.
The irresistible taste of Osijek and Baranja
The food and wine selection is amazing as it has everything from this area of Slovanja and Baranja County to taste. With many local wines on the scene that will please every connoisseur. Slovanja is known for having some great spices such as paprika. There are many traditional dishes such as Punjena Paprika Goulash , Čobanac Stew, and Fish paprikash. In this region Osijek serves up the dish that many people have heard about. They come here just to get a taste of “ fiš paprika ” ( Fish stew or Fish Paprikash) which is known for its sharp distinct smells and flavour of local fish from the river Drava and the spices of Paprika being cooked in a large black kettle over an open fire. There is a saying “that fish need to drink as well” meaning to add a bottle of wine to the mixture while cooking. You will often here a Croatian say this “’ Riba mora imati dobru piće’’.Slovanja and Baranja also have some great cheese and salami. There is much here to fill everyone’s hearts of fancy.
After spending a day browsing the many vendors there is the café bars to sit and relax. It is always great to watch the crowds pass by. The Antique Market happens on the first Saturday of every month. Each time there is something new and old to see and with a bit of history to catch up on with friends, family and people visiting.
By James B. Mac Donald