Postcards from the past

With a blog named about postcards I can’t help to buy postcards whenever I’m in a museum shop, bookstore or flea market. Recently in Amsterdam I went to the Waterlooplein market. They had a great amount of books, camera’s and postcards.


I got a selection of cards from around 1900-1920, including some lovely messages on the back.

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Lille antiques market

Two weeks ago, on the first weekend in September, it was the annual antiques market in Lille, France. Last year I went by myself by train. I loved how the whole city was taken over by the fair. Everywhere you looked second hand stuff was sold, from antique chairs to peoples attic finds. This year I took the car with my two aunts.

Our intention was not just to buy, but also much enjoyment in seeing all that was sold and what people carried around (we’ve seen several men with seats on their head, poor them).

Some lovely things I came across, but sadly couldn’t take home:


Shame it was €150, bit too much for my budget.


Kitchen products sorted by colour, I want a colour coded kitchen! Just can’t choose which colour.



A miniature forniture shop in a sewing machine case. Adorable!

IMG_3897Maps, cards and prints from old classrooms. Last year I bought a 1970s map of Europe and a french classroom print from this same stand and they were just as successful this time round.

Now what I did buy, it wasn’t much but as long as I still live in a student room there’s not much place to put all I love.


A cute print of yes the stand above, couldn’t leave them not buying anything. My aunt by luck found this little girl under a pile of medical prints. IMG_3911 IMG_3910

Two copies of Le Petit Echo de la Mode from 1939. I love the cover prints and funny advertisements inside. Seen someone who had framed a cover of this magazine and think they’re absolutely worth it.


One of my aunts think me crazy the other finds it my best buy, this half finished cross stitch. It’s on a very fine linen and like the pattern so will hope to finish it.

IMG_3906Finally this cute stamp of this petit french lady. One aunt is all into stamps but found this one too ‘sweet’, perfect for me.


Visiting it two years in a row has been quite enough for me, maybe in some years when I’ve got my own house to decorate I’ll go the whole weekend to stock up. There’s plenty to see and buy for decent prices. (plus I’ll practice my French for better haggling next time).

A little bit of advice if you’re going next year. Park your car outside Lille at a metro station and take the metro for only €1.30 to the centre. Take stop Grand Palais and you get out in the middle of the antiques part of the market, avoiding the busy centre around the train station.



Vintage hunt at Sunbury market

Last Tuesday I rose early to go to Sunbury Antiques market at Kempton Park race court. It was freezing cold, but fortunately the sun had come out and snow stayed away. Despite the weather there was still a fair amount of buyers and sellers. I arrived at 8am and by 11 I had only seen the outside part, by the time I got to the inside market they started packing up.

If I had the space and money I could easily have filled a van full of stuff. Instead I came by train (which always gives a fun challenge) and a £50 budget.

My first buy was this silver coaster set for £2. When you’ve been walking around for about 20min without any luck it’s always nice to start with something cheap and safe. They have some stains, but I hope my silver polishing will do miracles.


Next were 3 porcelain cups for 50p each. Already had some mismatching saucers so now have a nicely mismatched set when someone comes for tea. I could have bought up the whole porcelain stall, but again where to put it? I have enough trouble fitting these 3 somewhere decent (they now live on top of the wardrobe). I might venture into making candles in the cups.

Then came my favourite item for the day: a wooden letterpress tray/drawer. I’ve wanted one for ages and the first one I saw today was £50! Fortunately later I found this one for only £20. I’m not entirely sure about the legs sticking out, might saw those off eventually. Ideally I like to hang it up on the wall, but for now its balancing on a pile of old books.



I became a bit of an obstacle with that drawer under my arm, but it didn’t stop me finding this serving platter for £1 in a box of porcelain.


Also got materials for a future 52week project. Found these two 1950s dress patterns for £2 each and fabric for £5 to make the shirt-dress.



At the very end on my way to the exit and train station I came past this footstool. Last time I was at this market I regretted buying another lovely footstool and as the seller started packing up he sold me this one for £10.


Overloaded I took the train home and still had enough money to buy a cup of tea to warm up.

Some things I managed to resist: