Tuesday, November 8, 2011

More Vintage Market Photos and a Belgian Flea Market

On Saturday, I woke up early and headed to Homburg while it was still dark. Flashlight in hand, I began to scour the tables and ground for great deals and let's just say I came home with a car FULL of exciting things! Following the market, I met my hubby at HELA, the home improvement store across the street and we gathered wood and trim to build the fireplace surround pictured below. I love having a "handy" hubby who enjoys working with wood!

It turned out fantastic and it was so much fun to decorate. On Sunday morning, my oldest son and I hit the road for a FABULOUS market in Belgium-and NOT TONGEREN.

We arrived at our secret, Belgian location right after the sun rose and it was so beautiful! I like the TONGEREN flea market, don't get me wrong, but it is overpriced and Americanized and now after being here almost 7 years, we venture off the beaten path and do markets that are not generally well known and let me tell you, it PAYS off! I was told about this Belgian market by a vendor that I met at another flea market last month and he said it was a good one! He was dead on. Prices ROCKED! It was a little smaller than what I am used to, but that made it manageable and I didn't feel the pressure that"maybe I missed something". Check out my photos! I will certainly be heading back there next year!

If you come to my market in December, you will see 3 of 4 of these babies up for sale-I am keeping one!! Reclaimed Catholic school/church windows! Heart*Heart

I wanted to buy these HUGE frames so badly, but I ran out of money. 2 frames for 250 euro!!!! A steal! They were over 7 feet tall!

Beautiful castle that overlooks the city

Love this pottery barn style mirror for 10 EUROS!! I already bought 2 by this point! Crazy, awesome prices

Old kitchen table that I loved for 15 euros!

YES, can you see the 20 euro sign on it?? If my husband had been there, we would have strapped that baby on the roof! The table was GORGEOUS! I always strip the tops of my tables anyways, so that was certainly not a deterant!!

My trunk filled up! Found some La Lorraine preserve jars, old clocks, old French school posters (one of my favorite finds!) and of course the school windows, a corner chair and a very cool metal clothes basket!! Oh and 3 mirrors! A great day!!!! So my word of advise if you have been in Europe long, or if you are just getting here, don't go to the traditional markets, get off the beaten path and get yourself some real, European deals!


megan said...

This is exactly the type of market I had hoped to find last weekend :(. Instead we ended up at the Bad Durkheim market, which was fine, but didn't have much furniture, frames, mirrors, etc. I was so disappointed. Any chance you share what market this is? Or do you have any recommendations for this coming weekend? We just got here two months ago, so we're still trying to figure out the lay of the land!

Megan said...

Thanks for responding to my question about the markets! Are you going to have any mirrors for sale at your event on Dec. 3? I'm looking for something unique but affordable to prop up on a dresser.

Sarah said...

I am so curious where this is ... we are hitting up the Liege and Cuijk markets next weekend .... I am slightly obsessed with flea marketing in Europe :)

I'd love to see a post on some of your favorite markets! ;)

david said...

Great blog. That market looks fab. I am off to Belgium in a week and would love to find it any chance you could reveal its location?

You have great taste!


Anonymous said...

I loved your photos. Could you tell me where the secret flea market is? I was planning to visit Tongeren this weekend. I've lived near Luxembourg for the last 7 years. I find Metz prices are too high. Your flea market looks great. When did you last visit it?

Anonymous said...

No doubt, this is Arlon, with it's big monastery built on a hilltop!