What could be better than a European Flea Market? A 2-day flea market in a non-touristy town like Ghent Belgium! This was the ultimate shopping experience, but I couldn't help but have feelings of anxiety as I couldn't canvas all of the tables fast enough. It's hard to linger at one table when you're worried about someone else buying your next favorite item two tables up. It's a competitive and well-timed shopping adventure.
To increase my odds of getting the good stuff, I've come up with a strategy for efficient flea market shopping:
Upon arrival I do a QUICK SKIM of each table and purchase items that catch my eye right away. Once at the end, I turn around and go back through more thoroughly. Coffee or a sugary drink is needed midway to avoid getting the 'BLANK STARE'. You know you have this problem when you're staring at a table and someone behind you buys an incredible object for 1e. It was right in front of you the whole time, but you were unable to focus in on it. That is the dreaded 'blank stare' and it is a flea market killer.
SOME OF THE ITEMS I SAW (didn't purchase)
|Great retro tv stand. This would also be great for holding accessories.|
|Faux and real fur was EVERWHERE. Too bulky for my bag - moving on.|
|Gorgeous French side table. The top is pearl, black and gold. The best part is that the legs come off easily - so it fit easily into my bag! The legs are bronzey brown, so I will paint them black.|
|Here is a closeup. Isn't it glamorous? 15e|
|Incredible German Stein, Vintage Water Pitcher and two Dutch tea bag holders in pewter.|
|Vintage French Champagne buckets. All three were only 2euro (total)! The one on the right is high quality copper.|
|Vintage coal chucker (with coal remnants left on the bottom to dirty up everything in my bag - yay for that big mess). This will look great filled with branches and twigs on my porch. Unique, right?|
|Vintage hardware to include a brass door knocker, classic wine key and french ashtray. All of these pieces combined with the coal chucker was only 10e. I couldn't have been more excited. This stuff was practically FREE!!!!|
|Vintage English bugle - for decoration purposes. 1e.|
What do you think? Can you understand now why I fell in love with this city? Some pretty great deals, right? I don't think garage saling in the states will ever be the same again. Nothing beats a good-old-fashioned European flea market.
Do any of the larger American cities have a flea market? Do tell if you know of good one......I'll have to plan a trip!