dimanche 21 septembre 2008

Flea Marketing


There's really something about flea markets that gets me all excited.

Maybe it's finding a porcelain head, arms, a torso--and knowing that almost everybody else sees just broken doll parts, but you know you've stumbled upon your own personal treasure trove.

Maybe it's about coming across bits and pieces of lace, and imagining how the young girl whose dress the lace once adorned must have felt so pretty on that night she put on her best clothes and went out with the most charming young man of the village.

Or maybe it's just about spotting a gorgeous set of 12 cotton napkins and a tablecloth, and paying just five euros, because the woman who they belonged to has just kept them in her cupboards for a decade (they're so precious!), and now she's clearing up storage space


Whatever it is, it's something that made me drive an hour all the way to Fontvieille, once there spend hours looking through what others would label "old broken stuff," and in the evening sit down at a café with friends to have a drink and toast a Sunday well-spent.

So caught up was I in looking for flea-market treasures, that all the photos I managed to take were of these embroidery thread, being sold by a lady whose mother used to be a "brodeuse." "Unfortunately, I did not get the embroidering virus," the lady smiled. I did, so I bought lots.

14 commentaires:

jealousydesign a dit…

looks like you had a great day :)
I like fleamarkets too just like you said you never know what you find

Ravenhill a dit…

Oh, lovely post! This is exactly what I did yesterday! I didn't get any embroidery floss though, just bags of fabric :). What fun you must have had! Thanks for sharing. I LOVE flea markets!

Tina a dit…

I'm so jealous, we don't have flea markets in Greece. Can you believe that flea markets and not sightseeing is what I dream of when I think about travels in Europe?

ingermaaike a dit…

was a most perfect day!

fleurfatale a dit…

Oh Lapomme,
this is what I like about flea markets too, wish I had more time to do some! And you write so joyfull, apleasure to read your blog!!!

ArtMind a dit…

I love fleamarkets too - I do think that they have become rather popular and expensive lately. You have found gorgeous threasures! :)

LilaRuby a dit…

oh how I would love to come! sounds like you had such fun!

kraplap a dit…

great colours of floss you bought !!

karlita a dit…

sounds like you had a beautiful day and it's always so fun to find such treasures, isn't it?

Star of the East a dit…

It's such a pitty that we don't have flea markets close to us, only in big cities, I sure miss them. The best places when we visit Holland or Spain are the flea markets gne gne :D Looks like you had a great and somehow productive day :)

Apryl a dit…

beautiful little post. I love flea Markets, yard sales, and charity shops.. you never know what treasures you may find, but its always happy hunting.

isabel f. a dit…

hi Apol!!! :D
Thanks for visiting my blog: D
of course you can put a link to my blog on yours :)))
hugs Isabel

ana carina a dit…

Wooooooooow!
You got a lot of embroidery floss!!!

nanouke

Carol Dean a dit…

Oh, thread porn...the best kind!