This summer, the Sirkus street market will be open every weekend on Fridays and Saturdays, much like it has been the last five years. The market offers a collection of second hand clothing and books, and has become an increasingly popular shopping stop along Laugavegur.
Sirkus proprietor Sigga Boston, says the idea was born one night by the bar table: “We wanted to use the port behind the bar to do something fun. I had been working in second hand shops in Holland for years, and that seemed like a natural fit for us.” Sigga says she stopped meddling in the daily affairs of the market some time ago and now mostly puts it in the hands of people she trusts with it, while the bar tries to help them out.
This year, the task has fallen into the hands of American Erin Riley, who says that this year, the plan is to shake things up a bit. “We are trying to make it different this year. We will try to get some vegetables and other stuff, like home made soap and such. We want to try to create something of a farmers market.”
While selling stuff is obviously the main idea, Erin says that there are also plans to try to create a less commerce-driven atmosphere around the market. “We want to try to create a more of a carnival feeling. The plan is to try to get bands and dj’s to play on weekends. FM Belfast is going to play this Friday and after that there is a dj playing.”
Anyone with stuff to sell can rent a booth at Sirkus street market for a relatively modest price. If you have an abundance of clothes that fit you 5 kilos ago, come by the market and ask for Erin.