Wallander props for sale- Jenny was there – looking happier then ever – on tv




Today I am going to take you with me on a thrifting adventure.

But before we start I want to give you a little background info on the fictional crime of this area and the hype around it.

I live just outside Ystad, way down south in Sweden. Ystad is a very pretty medieval town with a populations of 30 000. But according to author Henning Mankell´s books there should only be about 400 people left.

In his books about crime-fighter Kurt Wallander people get slayed left and right here. Lunatic priest, killer terrorist and random crazy people roam the medieval streets looking for new victims and plotting to take over the world. Many of the books (all?) have been turned in to movies and they are all recorded here in this area and on the set of Ystad Studios. Filmed in both Swedish and British versions. Maybe you´ve seen them?

Even though the films are about crime I think people who watch them think that Ystad (Or Skåne) does look pretty. Cause it really is and the movies show that off frequently. People in general here are really happy and proud of the films. Being an extra on set is something many Ystad-people can say they have been. Above is the British version of the hero Kurt Wallander , Kenneth Branagh (Press photo)

And this is the Swedish version of Wallander by Krister Henriksson and Linda Wallander played by Johanna Sällström. (Press photo)

The film crew have just finished  filming for the season and last Saturday there was a big ad in the papers announcing the sale of all the props used in the films. I went there with my friend Kicki.

They sold everything that you can imagine. Furniture. Plants. Clothes. Party-decor. Toys and even fire wood and shampoo. Things used to create the right set for the characters. What a fascinating and fun job it must be preparing sets.

Kicki found some curtains and asked about them while paying (above) the crew member said that they had hung at some dodgy character living in a trailer by the sea.
We were thrilled.

The prices were reasonable and it was not too crowded. In other words: Perfect! This couch was probably the most pricey item there. Just like the sign says it was Wallanders own. And speaking of couches….

Listen to this: As you know I am a couch-addict. Last summer I saw an ad at Blocket.se for a 70´s couch in orange corduroy. I let out a small scream and threw myself on the phone. The seller answered that the couch had already been sold to the Wallander-film studio. I said “oh” and broke open a box of Oreo cookies in despair. 

and guess what? First thing I see walking in the studio for the sale: is the orange couch. Again I let out a small scream and threw myself on it. It was finally mine. My precious.
Can you believe it? Well Jens could not believe how we could fit one more couch.

The local newspaper was there covering the event. They interviewed people (click link to see the video of me in action) about their finds and my couch made the cover.  And the next day a girl tells me on Instagram that she just heard about my find on the Tv show “Nyhetsmorgon”.

At the bottom of the screen it says “This mornings most important local news” This is hilarious.

Q: Do you know what Wallander film the couch will be in?
A: No they couldn’t say. Or wouldn’t? Maybe something really nasty has taken place in it. I will have to wait and see.


PS: I had so many alternative titles for this post
“How Jenny got her sofa and her groove back” or
“Murder on the sofa” or
“Wallander and Jenny has the same taste in sofas” or
“Jenny´s addiction made the news”




Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

February 6, 2013 at 13:48

Häftigt! Ibland är magiskt hur saker kommer till en, men det sker bara när man handlar secondhand. Man kan tro att det uppstår något sorts liv i dem efter att de går vidare från en människa till en annan. Återfödelse. //Sanna

Jenny Brandt
February 6, 2013 at 13:54
– In reply to: http://cirkusiskogen.blogspot.se/


Ja. Secondhandjakten är ju så kul.

February 6, 2013 at 14:09

Grattis till soffköpet!


Jenny Brandt
February 6, 2013 at 14:27
– In reply to: Jenny/Jema

Tack jema

February 6, 2013 at 15:22

Haha, vad kul! o sjukt snygg soffa dessutom!

Jenny Brandt
February 6, 2013 at 15:51
– In reply to: petronella


Jag ser så otroligt glad ut alltså så jag förvånar mig själv.

February 6, 2013 at 15:41

I LOVE that orange sofa too! And we super-love watching Wallander, with Kenneth Branagh. What a great sale!

Jenny Brandt
February 6, 2013 at 15:49
– In reply to: Katie

How fun! So glad I have a reader who knows the movies. Thnak you for telling me.

Keep a look out for the couch!

February 6, 2013 at 16:52

Congratulations lucky girl! What a good bargain! I hope you will find easily a place for it!
I’m a Wallander’s fan too

Jenny Brandt
February 6, 2013 at 19:07
– In reply to: Julie


Right now it is not looking its best. Stuck between a kitchen table and a bookcase. But i’m not worried.

February 6, 2013 at 17:33

Loved this story. LOL (and I don’t even understand Swedish)!
Can’t wait to see what will become of the newsbreaking orange couch with the mysterious past…

Jenny Brandt
February 6, 2013 at 19:54
– In reply to: tania

Time will tell…

Melissa@Julia’s Bookbag
February 6, 2013 at 18:52

HA HA HA HA HA! so much love. glad the couch stalking worked out! :)

Jenny Brandt
February 6, 2013 at 19:55
– In reply to: Melissa@Julia's Bookbag

that is a good way to describe what I have been up to

Anne | Inspire Styling
February 6, 2013 at 19:41

Hahaha, love this post! Congrats Jenny on getting your couch back. I don’t know the movies (maybe they don’t come out in Holland) but I totally understand your addiction :D
Maybe build an extra house just for couches? ;)

Jenny Brandt
February 6, 2013 at 19:56
– In reply to: Anne | Inspire Styling

Believe me Anne! The idea has crossed my mind many times!

February 6, 2013 at 20:14

Från och med nu ska jag ta ALLA dina soffsms och blocketlänkar på allvar. Underbar dag! Mer sånt.

Jenny Brandt
February 7, 2013 at 22:19
– In reply to: Kicki

Ja det måste du!

February 6, 2013 at 20:26

I love your story, it’s so funny:D Amazing how the couch was waiting for you:) Congratulations!!!

Jenny Brandt
February 7, 2013 at 22:20
– In reply to: Lubitella

Thank you lubitella!
I’m glad you like it

Jenny Ordterror
February 6, 2013 at 21:55

Men herregud så kul! Bästa inlägget någonsin. Grattis!!!

Jenny Brandt
February 7, 2013 at 22:21
– In reply to: Jenny Ordterror

Haha Jenny!
Inte illa!

February 6, 2013 at 22:37

Men WOW vilken story alltså!

Jenny Brandt
February 7, 2013 at 22:21
– In reply to: DoreDoris


February 6, 2013 at 22:58

Underbart! Både soffan o historien!

Jenny Brandt
February 7, 2013 at 22:22
– In reply to: Heléne

Hej Heléne!

Tack för din kommentar.
Såg dig på skolan idag.
Hoppas vi kan ses snart.

February 7, 2013 at 01:57


this is the kind of story that makes my day. i do love the first photo of you…your eyes are dancing the orange sofa happy dance.

Jenny Brandt
February 7, 2013 at 22:24
– In reply to: sweetlikealolly

The alternatives are endless!!

Isabelle McAllister
February 7, 2013 at 09:07

I LOVE this story. Dreams do come trough! so happy for ya!

February 7, 2013 at 19:40

That’s incredible! I’m crazy about Wallander (hem, is that correct in english…?), your story is just amazing! Have to see the movie, the swedish one, didn’t know that it exists.

February 7, 2013 at 23:42

Vilken story! Värsta soffintrigen Jenny! Kul.

Men jag blir lite ledsen, lite melankolisk också, när jag ser dina bilder – jag säger bara Johanna. Johanna Sällström! En av våra bästa, unga skådespelare, med definitiv potential att bli ännu bättre, med årens rätt. Sorgligt att hon inte finns här längre. Kom bara att tänka på det när jag såg bilderna.

Men annars så har jag på något konstigt, lite komiskt sätt, nästan tyckt att Branagh varit den bästa Wallander’n. Eller Wåållandöör då, som de säger. ;) Han fångar det där trötta svenska vemodet, uppgivenheten, så bra. Kanske måste man vara engelsman för att göra det. Hm.


Jenny Brandt
February 7, 2013 at 23:55
– In reply to: enannanhelena

Du är rolig Helena!

De brittiska är lite snyggare är de inte?

Och ja det är sorgligt. Så dumt och onödigt.

Iris Vank
February 9, 2013 at 22:53

What a fantastic story! I laughed out loud a couple of times. You deserved that couch so much!!

Sarah James
February 10, 2013 at 23:32

I LOVE this post! It’s fate, the sofa found you. It knew where it was destined to be! :)

October 18, 2013 at 21:42

OMG! I am soo jealous! I think that sale might have been my only chance to obtain one of those “Wallander paintings” sigh… I have been searching online for the past hour without even finding an image of one, and came across your blog! My boyfriend and I are moving into our first place and we LOVEloveLOVE Wallander! We have even read all the books! It would be awesome to get our hands on one (with or without the grouse!) to display in our livingroom. I can’t even imagine how it would be to sit on a couch from the series!!

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