Last Autumn, while participating at the flea-market of Brugine, where we got rid of as many things as possible before leaving Italy and where we were considered one of the cutest stands of the market (or at least this is what a couple of the other vendors told us: we still don’t know why but it was really sweet of them!), we also visited with a friend a huge and famous antiques market in the same area of Padova.
The market is on the last Sunday of each month and is held in the town of Piazzola sul Brenta, mostly in the park and square of its huge 17th-century Villa Contarini.
The market is very big and the vendors have anything you can think about, or at least this is the impression. In the central part of the square there is mainly furniture, but all around and in the streets leading to the square there are stands of different things: vintage bicycle parts, vintage glasses…. These were gorgeous and expensive.
Designers’ hand-bags, mostly in leather: I wanted to buy them all, and of course my husband didn’t approve…
Murano glass chandeliers. In this stand we actually found a Christmas present: Matteo’s grandma has an old and original chandelier from Murano and many years ago the bottom ball fell off and broke. Matteo had been looking for it a lot, especially when we were living in Venice, but it was almost impossible to find. The shape and the color were too old. But finally this vendor had the right match: the best present we could give her!
The market also extends to adjacent area of the Villa. It a big covered space, probably one of the buildings of a furnace that is still visible nearby. I loved its industrial look and all the thing we found there. Vinyls, vintage instruments, metal boxes….
We didn’t buy anything, a part from the chandelier part, since we already knew we were going to leave soon, but I have to confess: it was really hard!