As you probably read in this post with some months to plan our move to Jerusalem we were able to actually decide what to leave in Italy. The things that we carefully packed and stored are the ones that we ideally would like to have in our future house, the one we will hopefully have the day we’ll find a place we really like or the place that we wouldn’t mind calling home, at least for a bit.These include our thrifted tv stand/bar cabinet and of course our Spanish cupboard and kneeling stool and… well, many other things that I haven’t shared yet or that are simply related to our childhood.
But all the rest of the stuff had to go. Not an easy task. Garage sales are not common in Italy. And selling each pieces on the internet, on second-hand sites, like craiglist, or the ebay connected kijiji, was going to take us ages. So we had to find a quicker solution. Flea market was the answer!
Near Padova there is a really nice villa, Villa Roberti in a small town called Brugine. Every first Sunday of the month there is a huge flea market, it’s called Mercatino di Brugine, and it includes vintage and second-hand furniture, clothes, accessories. We already knew of this market, since we took part in it many years ago, just for fun. To sell second-hand stuff as a hobbyist (and not as a professional retailer) you just need to obtain a permit from your city hall. Once you have that, selling in Brugine is quite an adventure.
On the day before, Saturday, you have to go to the Villa in the afternoon, wait your turn to pay the entrance as seller, stay in line in front of the gates and, since you are in Italy, fight to keep your place so that no other old or young people will pass you.
And once the gates open you have to run just to be sure to get the right spot for your stand. By the way you have to be at least two people, or you won’t make it…
Anyway that just the beginning. Once you have your spot, you have to unload your car (which in our case was a van) and take all your stuff to the spot and organize it.
We just set a table for the small things and the rest would go on the ground or in plastic crates. We were lucky enough to have a really nice and easy-to-assemble gazebo a friend borrowed us [of the brand Q.Bo].
And then you leave for the night and you get back there on Sunday morning, a lot before sunrise and then a never-ending day starts.
Yes I know, it’s crazy… it’s totally Italian unorganized style. But it’s funny. And we did it 3 times! And my sister luckily helped us, she came each time. She is really good in bargaining, and I am not, I give up very quick.
The first time, in October, it rained a lot, and we weren’t actually prepared. But the second time, in November, we had a couple of ground cloth to cover the gazebo and to protect one side from the cold wind. The third and last time, in December, was really great: the sun was shining and since it was before Christmas it was full of people.
As you see from the pictures we had a variety of things: some were thing we didn’t like anymore, other were sitting unused, some were from our parents houses. We didn’t manage to sell everything, but we got rid of an amazing amount of things, especially things that we didn’t think somebody would want. And yes, we sold also our freshly painted blue chest of drawers.
So this is your story as sellers in a flea market: it was tiring but we really enjoyed it.