Where: Izmaylovsky Park Market, East Moscow, West Russia
What’s in Store: USSR Memorabilia – pins, badges, photos, statues as well as local modern crafts and antiques
Best Buy: Any paraphanalia belonging to members of the Red Party
Although the communist era is officially over, no-one can deny that it’s left its mark on Moscow. Statues, monuments, architecture and the impressively clean and punctual metro system are constant reminders that Russia was at the centre of the communist world for 74 years. For the traveller that wants to take a little bit of history home in their backpack, it’s still possible to purchase original pieces of communist propaganda.
Where to Bag a Bargain
The weekend market at Izmaylovsky Park, to the east of Moscow, is undoubtedly one of the best places to find original and authentic souvenirs. You can pick up plenty of interesting trinkets, including pins and badges, statues & photos of Lenin, photographs, posters and books.
There’s a good deal more than memorabilia on offer at Izmaylovsky Park, too. It’s a place where artists & crafts people congregate to sell their works, stall-holders tout antiques, jewellery, toys, clothing, fur hats and all manner of odd but authentic merchandise.
The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays, and is just a couple of minutes walk from Izmaylovsky Park metro.
What’s it Worth?
It goes without saying that the better condition a piece of memorabilia is in the more it’ll be worth. Some of the rarer items already command high prices from collectors, and even pieces that cost a few roubles today are bound to increase in value over the course of time.
The Electronic Passport
Fun and educational introduction to communism in Russia, with links to archives and other resources.
Travel guide to Moscow, including historical and cultural information.
Online store selling Soviet pins, badges and watches.
By Jess Halliday