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Fleamarket finds … in Rome!

I went to Rome a couple of weekends ago, to celebrate a friend’s 40th …. the best part of four days of rambling the streets, stopping for coffee and long, long evening meals. It seems an age ago already … but I’m sure in part that’s due to the evil bug I picked up on the airplane that’s had me flat out on my back for the last week. Sigh. Such is the price of pleasure, I suppose.

Whilst we did tour the Vatican, and see most of the sights (lest you think me uncultured!), one of my highlights was a trip out to Borghetto Flaminio … a fleamarket on Piazza della Marina, just up from the Piazza del Popolo, on the Sunday.

You know how I like a fleamarket?

The sun was shining, it was busy, but not too noisy and overwhelming, and the treasure-to-tat ratio was pretty high. A lot of vintage and second-hand clothes, and a lot of other little delights ….

I was tempted by this Pucci plate … but it was expensive, and I didn’t want to be risking it in my baggage on the way home …. nor risk having to pay excess baggage!!

I think this is the *most* awesome telephone I have ever seen …. I still want it. But there was still that annoying baggage allowance thing.

Stunning orange oriental vanity set ….





A lot of beautiful inlaid boxes … I do love little boxes …. and knick-knacks and gewgaws. Somehow I think my minimalist intentions are doomed to fail from the very start – once a magpie, always a magpie?








Now, I love Indonesian shadow puppets as much as the next girl, but I wasn’t expecting to see any in a Roman fleamarket!

But I was … hoping …. for linen – and I found it. When it comes to old linen and lace, I have no self-control at all. None whatsoever. I know it’s a failing, and probably the sign of some kind of fatal character flaw, but there you have it.

That little dress was so beautiful …. and as for the crochet lace bedspread … big enough to smother a double bed? It took *every* *ounce* of willpower I had to haggle on that one, but I knocked the extremely very nice lady down from EUR85 to EUR45 and I’m calling *that* a BARGAIN.





The other thing I have a weakness for (OK, *one* of the other things I have a weakness for) is silk scarves. So imagine my delight when a good old rummage through a pile of the beauties yielded me this 4ft square of Valentino adorableness?

win, win and win again.

And the last great love of my life … big, impractical rings, the sort that make housework impossible ….. I’ll take two, thank you! The black one in the middle was a gift from my daughter, and two on the outside …. vintage fleamarket treasures from Rome.

Ahhhhh … I can still taste the espresso.

Fabulous finds

Making the decision to avoid using new materials and equipment, as far as possible, has thrown up some interesting challenges over the years – some I’ve solved happily, some have gone the way of ‘interim solutions’ (with varying degrees of success) and occasionally I’ve had to cave in and buy something new to fill the gap.

But, equally, over time I’ve learnt to keep my eyes open for interesting pieces – supplies, equipment, reference material and fabrics – and to grab them when I see them. I’ve also turned into the sort of person who can’t resist a good old rummage through a charity shop, car boot sale, village fair and garage sale – you never know what you might turn up!

I was having a nosy around our local charity shop – actually looking for a butterdish, since our old one met an untimely end – when I happened across these two gorgeous art-deco-ish plates in my favourite colours. And, excitement! Two embroidery hoops – unused, still with their original tags on them! I couldn’t pass up on them …. something that’ll always come in useful – especially the super-big one, which will come in handy for quilting.

The village fair last weekend didn’t look too promising, but I can never resist browsing a second-hand book stall … and found this book on printmaking – for only 50p! Bargain! It’s a wonderful reference text – clear instructions on the techniques, beautifully illustrated, and with some gorgeous photos inside. I know that it will come in useful one day … I’m already turning over a few ideas 😉

And finally, tucked away in the corner of the bric-a-brac stall, a collection of discontinued designer fabric sample books. I’m still annoyed that someone else swooped and grabbed a gorgeous book of silks while I was gathering my treasure, but I’m pretty pleased with the four I managed to snaffle … some of the upholstery fabrics might prove to be too heavy for fine work, but I’m really pleased with the little book of linen squares. And at only £2 each, that’s a fair selection of fabric 🙂

What’s your favourite recent find? I’d love to hear about it!