03 April 2009

Scenes from the Porta Portese Flea Market-Rome, Italy

We can hop the Number 8 tram if we don't want to walk, and get off right in front of the Flea Market. It is a beautiful morning but, it is brisk even in the sun.
The crowd is already shopping and it is only 9:30. Be careful as there are pickpockets amidst us. They use the bump and run technique or two sandwich you and one distracts you while the other attempts to take your wallet.

I see an old tray...a little too busy for my taste.

Over there is a table filled with silver teapots of all shapes and sizes and I think I also saw some toast caddies...

Here's a lovely patterned china cup...but, I don't need any more china pieces.

More silver in a variety of patterns ...
And even more silver and china to look at.

And, if you want bling over your table, they have that too! There's even sacks and boxes filled with crystals if you want to locate a missing piece or two.

If you find you are short of funds after buying all those goodies, they've got that for sale too!

Lest you work up a little hunger while shopping the aisles, there are food wagons with all kinds of delicious items to fill up on. Yummo.

I always, always make certain that my trip to Rome includes a Sunday so I can walk about the Porta Portese Flea Market which is located about a block and a half from my Aunt's condo and about 4 blocks from my hotel. Over the past ten years the flea market has changed considerably and what I used to love about it has slowly disappeared. It now has more "new" merchandise and not as much in the collectible realm. And, where one could once barter and bargain with sellers, that is not so much any more. But, I did go and I did pick up a few items though, nothing collectible this time.


Anonymous said...

I've noticed that many flea markets here in the U.S. have taken on new merchandise... it's just not fun like it was in the past. I used to love digging through the thrift items and finding goodies. Oh the times they are a changing.

The Blue Ridge Gal

Gaelyn said...

Oh boy, a fleamarket. I like the silver and china. It's true that US flea markets are mostly new stuff, 99 cent store variety. That's one of the reasons I got out of the bussiness.

Thanks for taking us along Erin.

Have a great weekend.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oooh! I rarely ever go shopping anymore, so thank you, my friend, for allowing me to join in on your shopping experience :)

Whew. All of that silver..and bling!


Tanya said...

Oh I've enjoyed my trip through the flea market with you! I hate when flea markets start to sell new items...don't they remember what we love about them is the antiques/collectibles. If I want new, I'll head to the mall!

Barb said...

I really like your presentation - the photos looked "old" to go with the flea market setting. How lucky to have family to visit in such a historic European city! Of course, you had to entice me with food at the very end...

Sue said...

Thanks for the tour of the flea market. I enjoyed your commentary, too.

Thanks for your comment on my blog.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

So your aunt lives there? That's great! I loved going to the flea market with you Erin! My kinfolk live in boring places like me LOL.

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.