zaterdag 23 april 2016

Dry your eyes Sunday girl

As last Saturday's charity shopping trip proved unsuccesful, the hopes we had for Sunday's flea market were high.

Rommelant, an indoor flea market in Antwerp, is being held on a monthly basis from October until April.



The day was fraught with obstacles though, as it took us an hour and a half to get there instead of the usual 20 minutes or so. We were stuck in traffic due to the Antwerp 10 Miles and Marathon which, typically, we'd forgotten all about.

When we finally arrived at the venue, we couldn’t find a free parking spot and had to pay a fortune to park our car.

The minute we stepped out of the car, we were pelted by sleet, while it had been dry and sunny the whole time we were in the car.

Upon entering the venue, there was further disappointment, as the number of stalls was rather disappointing, with huge gaps between them.

Nevertheless, within minutes of entering the venue, I picked up a brooch for € 1, after which things started to improve.




I was happy to see that the “Brooch Lady” was there. After looking through her files of brooches, I decided on these two, featuring variations of the colour blue.

As by this time we were getting hungry, it was time for a coffee stop and for the packed lunch we had brought with us. This cute little biscuit, which we got with our coffees, would have made a nice brooch too, don’t you think?


After lunch, we continued our flea market trawl and came across a wonderfully laid out stall, which was completely up our street.  While I was admiring the many vintage treasures, I was approached by one of the stall’s owners, who complimented me on the skirt I was wearing.



As we completely forgot to take outfit pictures, you will have to make do with this one of me browsing the stall’s clothing rail. The skirt and the red woollen jacket I’m wearing were both bought at my favourite vintage shop, Think Twice.


It is indeed one of my favourite skirts, made from Diolen, a 100% polyester fabric which is very commonly found in vintage 1960s and 1970s clothing here. In fact, I am always delighted to spot the fabric label and needless to say I have quite a few Diolen treasures in my wardrobe.


The stall’s nice owners, Ilona and Wannes, turned out to be living in our neighbouring village, Duffel, which I blogged about only last week! It's a small world indeed.

This is what we found, apart from the brooches.




Some more Lourdes souvenirs for our "little" collection.

A coffeepot from the Boch design called “Rambouillet” we are collecting. We already had one in a bigger size, but this one's perfect for when it's just the two of us.  


Some vintage soap, which you can see here displayed on top of our bathroom cabinet.






And finally, a 1960s tablecloth, which is already adorning our dining table.


I wonder which treasures will cross our paths this weekend.


22 opmerkingen:

  1. wonderful finds! i adore the brooches - love abstract floral styles!
    and i envy you for that market - around here its not so much gorgeous stuff - just a lot of militaria, half rotten farm equipment and 90´s crap. one really has to dig for treasures :-)
    happy sunday! xxxxx

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    1. Vielen Dank, Beate. In winter, we have a few indoor flea markets here, but I'm looking forward to the outside summer ones, which can be quite fun. xxx

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  2. Wonderful finds at the flea market. Those brooches are perfect for adding some colour to a cardigan this spring and I absolutely love your tablecloth; that is one amazing pattern. Imagine the awesome skirt it would make? The floral one you're wearing in the photo looks lovely. Hope you found some more treasures this weekend :-) xxx

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    1. I wear cardigans with brooches pinned to them on a daily basis. If I'm in a hurry and forget to add a brooch, I'm not feeling quite myself all day :-) We did find some more treasures at another flea market yesterday. xxx

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  3. I wasn't aware of Diolen-now I have another synthetic fabric to look out for.

    I like your bathroom display.

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    1. Thank you Goody. The other side of the bathroom cabinet has some vintage shampoo in a sachet, as well as as vintage roll of toilet paper. xxx

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  4. Love that tablecloth - I'd be turning that into a skirt if it were mine! Those brooches are really cute, too. Palmolive in India is still packaged like that.
    Your skirt is fabulous. A lot of the vintage traders who buy from European wholesalers have Diolen labels in their stock. It's always groovy stuff. xxx

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    1. Thank you Vix. The tablecloth is getting a lot of love. I thought you would like it. I think I should do a post on my Diolen frocks ... xxx

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  5. Ooh, the brooches are pretty! As is your outfit!!!xx

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    1. Thanks Kezzie. I can't resist a pretty brooch :-) xxx

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  6. Just my sort of treasure hunting trip. We've had a great one this weekend. I'll be blogging tomorrow about it.
    Love the tablecloth. I got a fab green curtain and am deciding whether to make it into a frock or tablecloth
    Lynn xx

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading your post about York. That two piece you were wearing is absolutely fabulous. xxx

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  7. Wow, that tablecloth is gorgeous! I do like those tall coffee pots, they look quite elegant. Lovely finds as usual xxx

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    1. Thanks Claire. I didn't expect that tablecloth to be so popular. xxx

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  8. Ooohh, isn't that an irksome experience? When you're trying to get to a vintage related event and are unexpectedly delayed. Been there many a time myself!

    You found some great pieces in the end though. I just love that you have a selection of vintage toiletries in your bathroom. What a super fun touch! I have a wee collection of vintage tins in my kitchen. No spare space in any our washrooms of I'd take your lead and start adding some old soaps, tins, etc there, too. One day (in a bigger house)!

    Sending scores of hugs & happy tail end of April wishes your way,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Can you believe I stayed reasonably calm? I have some vintage tins in my kitchen as well. As kitchenalia are one of the things we collect, there isn't a spare inch anywhere in our kitchen. I guess I should do a post on it. xxx

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    1. Thank you! I've had a look at your blog in the meantime and I'm following. xxx

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  10. Those are some lovely things - hopefully they make up a little for the time it took to get there.

    I'd never heard of Diolen. This blog is educational!

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    1. Your blog is pretty educational too, Mim. It's nice to share things and learn from each other. xxx

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  11. Such pretty brooches! I'm hankering after going back to the place I got a beautiful necklace and brooch from as it's chock full of beautiful jewellery.

    Your journey would have sent me over the edge! xxx

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    1. Believe me Melanie, it took a lot of effort to stay calm but I almost lost it when we couldn't find a free parking spot ... I am not very patient. xxx

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