You guys know by now how much I love a good flea market, right? Of course you do! I had wanted to go back to Metz, France this past weekend for their big flea market, but Indy had a soccer game, so I had to put in the mom duty. A few weeks ago we had another glorious Saturday here in Heidelberg and James Bond, Indy and I went to the local flea market (they hold them once or twice a month). We slept in quite late, so by the time we got there, many of the vendors were packing up. This is great though, because you can score super deals. They'd rather make some money than pack it all up and take it home. I found a guy with a few pieces of my favorite pattern. He sold me 2 cups and saucers and 2 salad plates for 3 Euro:
We came across a lady with a van FULL of transferware. Heaven! She had been a collector for years and was now selling if off. She had beautiful stuff. Beautiful and expensive. She had entire sets of Villeroy and Boch dinnerware, complete with all the serving pieces. I wanted them, but 105 pieces costs a whole lot of Euro, and she wasn't willing to break up the sets. She had already started packing them up, but let me peek around inside her van and I found a set that I loved! She let me pull it out and I knew I had to have it. I love green plates and these were beautiful. It had 6 plates, 6 bowls (2 different, but patterns), a serving platter, 2 serving bowls, sugar, creamer and 1 small plate.
She wanted 40 Euro for the whole set, but we didn't have that much and wouldn't have paid it anyway. I had 20 Euros and some change, and she said, that would be fine! Huzzah! Then, she threw in a coffee pot, sugar and creamer for free!
For 23 Euro and some change, we came home with this:
I have to say, I'm not a big fan of the coffee pot, sugar and creamer, but James Bond likes it, and it was free, so who am I to gripe? I did look it up on Replacements, Ltd, and it's pretty expensive. I feel bad that she just threw it in, being that it's worth so much, but I certainly couldn't turn it down.
I can't WAIT for the next flea market!