How Bazaar

Compiled Story and photo by Petra Lessoing
435th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

***image1***The German-American and International Women’s Club Kaiserslautern holds its 45th Annual Pfennig Bazaar March 1 to 3 in the Industrial Hall (Industriehalle) in the Kaiserslautern Garden Fair grounds.

The annual Pfennig Bazaar is known as the biggest flea market in the West Palatinate. Its name originates in the former German currency, which was Deutsch Mark and Pfennigs, today euro and cents.

The Pfennig Bazaar is the club’s biggest fundraising event.

“All profits will be donated to local German and American charity groups and American and German student exchange programs,” said GAIWC Corresponding Secretary Barbara Stichler. “Last year, €20,000 were donated to a total of 20 groups, which benefited from the hard work and efforts of our bazaar volunteers.”
Club members also take care of the kindergraves on Kaiserslautern’s main cemetery and support the Fisher House at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

***image2***The German-American Women’s Club was established in 1956. Meanwhile other nationalities are included and the name carries the word international as well. Its goal is to promote tolerance within cultures and international understanding and foster friendship between German, American and other communities.

GAIWC offers interest groups to include gourmet cooking, needlework, conversation, movies, culture, arts, reading, hiking and language lessons.

 “We hold monthly meetings with a specific motto, where activities and events are planned and discussed,” said the club’s second Vice President Pamela Miod. “To our monthly Stammtisch, members and their friends are welcome.”

For the bazaar, the club is looking for donations including clothes for men, women, children; shoes; household goods; books; toys; appliances; computers; collectibles; and music media. Skis, ski boots and furniture will not be accepted. Items should be in good condition and packed in boxes, which are not too heavy.

Donations can be dropped off 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the new storage location on Hackstrasse 4 in Kaiserslautern, or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 23, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26 in Industriehalle. Donors can enter the area on Schoenstrasse (main entrance of garden fair) and exit via Forellenstrasse (toward Casimir

The Pfennig Bazaar is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 1 and 3, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2.

For more information on the Pfennig Bazaar and the club, visit, call Pamela Miod at 06381-996868, or e-mail