Camo and military apparel
The Via Sannio second hand market held every morning in the tightly-packed stalls sheltered by grimy green ondulated plastic roofing and frayed tarp is best known for the American, German and Dutch Army camo, boots and general paraphernalia sold here at affordable prices. Some of the items on sale are vintage WWII pieces, some are hand-me-downs, others simply preloved military thrift.
The atmosphere is seedy and slightly unsafe, one you'd find in any casbah. It takes a little courage to delve in the dark passageways between booths, negotiate and close a deal while keeping close watch on your handbag. Just look at the attitude on those girls parading the alley in the top photo!
Most of my male colleagues shop here for cargo pants they wear on the film set. But I come here for Eva. Her small compartment deals in amazing cashmere sweaters, jumpers, cardigans and scarves in pristine condition, sometimes even brand new which she sells for peanuts. At Eva's I have often bumped into costume designers, stylists and celebrities rummaging through the heaps of wolly softness. I have more than once tried to lure the conversation towards the obscure provenance of Eva's goods, but always unsuccessfully. Don't ask, just grab your bargain while you can.
It feels so warm and soft...