I have been looking forward to signs of spring all winter: the start up of flea markets in Norway. Yesterday was the first! One of my most precious finds was this vintage tin which I filled it to the brim with the lovely hand made lace and doilies I found yesterday! What good fortune!
Flea markets in Norway are held at schools by sports teams or school bands. The parents spend weeks carting everything from furniture to toys to fabrics and plant pots to their designated storage area. So they have virtually tons of new and used items that they have gotten for free. People are happy to save the hassle of having to cart off their junk themselves. The flea markets are advertised in the local papers and on the internet. You can see what an overcast day it was and catch a glimpse of the patches of snow remaining on the ground here from my view on the bus on my way there.
Each flea market is opened to a crowd of people waiting outside. The pushing and shoving to get in is actually a bit dangerous. You have to just go with the flow as you are swept into the doors by the crowds pressing you on all sides.
And once inside the very first stop was the textiles! Here you see the curtains. I sometimes find wonderful cotton curtains that I can reuse.
There was a lot to look at and it was fun to watch while they brought out even more! Doesn't she look eager to get her hands on it all?
Tomorrow I will show you photos of some more of my finds! For now I barely have had a moment to sit and write this as my littlest one came down with a tummy bug again. Oh, this one is a really bad one. It is hard to see her so miserable. Right now I am so hoping that she will be able to sleep tonight as we could both really use it!