Club collects donations for Pfennig Bazaar

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

A flea market of a special kind takes place March 9 to 11 in the event hall of the Kaiserslautern Gartenschau.

It’s the 51st annual Pfennig Bazaar, sponsored by the German-American and International Women’s Club Kaiserslautern, under the patronage of Kaiserslautern’s Lord Mayor Dr. Klaus Weichel.

The Pfennig Bazaar is known as the biggest flea market in the West Palatinate. Its name originates from the former German currency — the Deutsch Mark and Pfennigs, today euro and cents. GAIWC was established in 1956. Meanwhile, other
nationalities were included and the name started carrying the word “international” as well.

The Pfennig Bazaar is the club’s biggest fundraising event. All profits will be donated to various German, American and international charities, German-American youth activities and student exchange programs.

“Last year our club donated a total of almost €30,000,” said Marlein Auge, the German club president. “Donations did go to the Fisher House in Landstuhl, USO, American Red Cross, Vogelweh High School, Lebenshilfe, the Ecological Program of the City of Kaiserslautern and many other institutions.”

This time, the club will support schools only if they use the money to establish the relations between German and American schools.

Donations for the Pfennig Bazaar should consist of clean clothes for men, women and children; household goods; books; toys; small electrical appliances; collectibles; bed linens; and music media. Furniture, mattresses, skis, suitcases, shoes, curtains and other large size items will not be accepted.

Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 5, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 6, and 9 a.m. to noon March 7 at the event hall.

Donors can enter the garden show area from Forellenstrasse. Take B40 from Vogelweh to Kaiserslautern; after Pizza Attack turn right on Alte Brücke, and the next one left on Forellenstrasse.

The Pfennig Bazaar will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 and 11.

“We are asking our visitors to bring some euros for parking on the big Gartenschau parking lot,” Auge said. “We unfortunately were not able to arrange for free parking during the bazaar.”

Club members will offer homemade cakes, waffles and small dishes such as soup and sausages.

For more information on the Pfennig Bazaar and the club, visit