Seller, Bjørg Adriansen:
The vase has never fit in. I don’t hunt and I’m never going to do it either. You get so many things that you don’t know what you are going to use them for. We have decided to get rid of some things throughout the time ahead. It just turns into a lot of things we have to dust.
Buyer, Ellen Zahl Jonassen:
I’m looking into what kind of flowers would suit the vase. Tulips are nice, but orchids are definitely the best. This is really tacky. It is so funny that it stands on its mouth. This vase puts me in such a great mood.
Seller, Ann Heidi Adriansen:
I won the bottles at a village bingo, but now I’m taking them to the secondhand market. We often go to sell things there, things we have either inherited from estates or our own belongings. We try to think about what is good to sell according which season it is. In the beginning we sold old dresses at ridiculous prices. We didn’t know they could be so popular. The money we make goes to projects in Zambia where I have been working.
Buyers, Erle and Johanne Sonstad Blix:
We collect glass objects. The blue one has the most valuable; it’s Erle’s. We share the yellow, orange and green ones from the market. The apples are from Hadeland and the blue dolphin is from Denmark. We have bought a lot of glass objects from the Russian woman at the square. Erle got the orange butterfly as a gift. The sheep is from Riga; it’s made of amber. The parrot is Russian. It’s a cockatoo.
Seller, Therese Bakkevold 3 years after she sold the dress:
I bought the dress at Velouria Vintage in Grünerløkka in Oslo when I lived there. The store had just opened and I bought five dresses all at once!
But I’ve never worn the dress, maybe once. It turned out to be a little too tight. Now I regret selling it because today it would have certainly fit me. I regret having sold things at a secondhand market – sometimes I think about things I think I have in my closet and then I find out I have sold them. Before I moved back to Tromsø I often bought used things but I didn’t think I could sell things myself. During the last few years I have been to several markets. The secondhand market at Verdensteateret, where I sold the dress, was the first one I sold things at. Back then I was really broke and the money I earned actually went to buying food.
Buyer, Inger Johanne Sæterbakk:
Almost everything in my apartment is secondhand. When I take things out of my grandmother’s storage space she begins to tell stories. Secondhand things are environmentally friendly, but that’s not why I have them. I’ve got them because I think they are great. At the secondhand market I just buy things and think: I’ve at least got to get them before someone else does. I’m pretty bad at allowing others to get things I think are great. I haven’t actually tried the dress on before you came to visit. I think I’ll use it when I’m on my summer holidays.
Seller, Arvid Adrianesen:
The Jesus painting was painted for the chapel in 1947. It’s been a long time since the chapel has been in operation and we’ve been thinking about selling the painting. Maybe it’s not so good, maybe a little funny. Like one of the visitors to the chapel said, “It looks like our Lord sold butter and didn’t get paid.”
No buyer: Klaus interviewed Ann Heidi Adriansen who as at the Verdensteater in Tromsø to sell the Jesus painting. The painting was not sold and was taken back to Tromvika.
Seller, Nina Erdahl, 3 years after she sold the dress:
I get a lump in my throat when I look at a photo of the dress. It belonged to the grandmother of my ex. She was a very special, fantastic lady. I don’t know why I sold the dress; I actually regret it a little. I took it with me to the market because I was doing a major clearing up in the costume wardrobe. There was a water leak. A lot of the other 70s dresses that I sold were ones that I bought in secondhand stores in London, and I didn’t have a personal relationship to them. Now that I am moving into a new location I could really use that dress since I am trying to build up my costume wardrobe with clothing from different eras for use in films. I was very ambivalent about selling the dress; it was a gift. And you are not supposed to give away gifts.
Buyer, Siv Bente Johansen, 3 years after she bought the dress:
On the one hand it is beautiful, on the other is it ugly. I like it that way and it fits my style. It has an open back with a bow at the bottom. I could see what kind of shoes I would have with it and how I would wear my hair. The shape of it is just fantastic and it fit perfectly. I was completely sure that I was going to wear it a lot. My teenage daughter is very fashion conscious and she thinks I have good taste. I’m pretty proud of that. When I came home with the dress she said to the contrary no, “you can’t wear that mum” For her it was just ugly and had nothing pretty about it. It was not possible to wear it when my daughter was around and so then I didn’t wear it otherwise either. I have put it on many times but I have not actually worn it out. It was ruined for me, it’s a little sensitive.
NB! After the interview Siv gave the dress back to Nina.
Seller, Ellen Mersland who runs a secondhand shop:
I had simply used the dress for all it was worth. It is so special that there is a limit to how
many times you can wear that type of dress if you don’t find yourself in a lot of different social circles. I bought it used but I don’t remember where I got it. I always buy a lot of secondhand things such as clothes and furniture. I just bought a house and it came with furnishings so I could just move in with only my suitcases. It was very practical. Now I am running a secondhand shop that includes clearing up of residences where people have moved or have died. It wouldn’t be summer without a proper auction from a deceased person’s estate! The dress is nice. When I look at the photo of it I regret selling it.
Buyer, Nina Rosenlund:
The dress has a really nice blue color. The pattern almost looks a little Spanish. I don’t really have any dresses that look like this one, neither in style or cut. I bought it because I was pregnant and noticed that there was a lot of space in it for my stomach. But I have worn it after my child was born. The dress might be a little big and flaps around too much.
Authors and the books
Kristin and Morten pick out books at the secondhand bookshop in Tromsø to sell them at the Secondhand Impro “For what it’s worth” in Tromsø. They were invited as artists and their project was a curated book sale with blurbs from the publishers still in the books.
Seller and author, Morten Wintervold:
The memory of putting books on display and having a few of them stand out makes me enthusiastic. I wanted to challenge the idea about what is considered new in the publishing industry. Four years after a book is published the publishers burn the remaining inventory. I was keen on putting out good works that were maybe 20 years-old but still had high level of quality. This intermediate segment in the book market, which contains neither bestsellers nor canonized works, becomes easily invisible even though that’s where most good literature is found.
Seller and author Kristin Eriksen Bjørn:
I had just read “The Song of the Red Ruby” by Agnar Mykle again when I found it at the secondhand bookstore. The first time I read it I was 15 and I just skipped ahead to the pages that had something to do with sex. And then I came across a paperback copy of it while traveling and I thought I would give it another chance, and I discovered that it was a really good book.
I brought along “Karlson-on-the-Roof” by Astrid Lindgren because I had just heard someone say that you could divide people into two categories: those that like the character of Karlson and those who don’t. Those that like Karlson have little respect for authority and they are the kind of great people who think for themselves. On the contrary, Karlson scared the heck out of me when I was a kid. It is a lot easier to like him as an adult. A guy like him is especially needed in the arts – a person that doesn’t do things in order to adapt to a system, one that has a lot of faith in himself and can be quite selfish.
Buyer and author, Sigbjørn Skåden:
I bought “The Song of the Red Ruby” by Agnar Mykle and “Karlson-on-the-Roof” by Astrid Lindgren. I already had a copy of “The Song of the Red Ruby”, one in a seedy paperback edition. I have such fine memories from reading it when I was quite young. It was a really important book for me, as it has been for so many others, and I really wanted to have a copy of it in a proper edition. The one I bought is not from a special old edition but it is from the 60s and it looks good. Actually, I have not read it again since buying it. I loaned it to a Swedish girl here in town who wanted to get to know Norwegian literature better and I thought that the book was definitely appropriate for that.
I just bought “Karlson-on-the-Roof” even though I don’t have children. I am not even an uncle! But I think I might be a father or an uncle one day and I like to buy classic children’s books when I come across them, especially ones from the Sami culture, which can be hard to get. Karlson is a funny character. He is not just a sympathetic person – a lot of people would probably think is too unsympathetic for a character in a children’s book. Maybe we need characters like that, too.