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Flohmarkt

Posted by Allison on June 23, 2010

I’m no longer a packrat. Not that I ever really was but moving overseas made us downsize a lot of unnecessary ‘stuff’ and by stuff I mean junk.  Now if something enters our home, I want it to have a purpose, a place.  No more buying  crap for no reason, no more spending money on stuff that I would later sell at a garage sale for 50 cents.  I’m not talking about essentials like food and clothes (although those items are much more carefully chosen) I’m talking about house decorations that serve no purpose.   So to that end I’m looking at what sort of tangible memories I want to take from Germany when we leave.  What are the things that in the future I will look at with fondness over our journey in Germany.  I follow a great blogger, Kathy, who is today moving back to the US and she has got me thinking about picking up some distinctly German pieces for the kitchen.  I love the idea of a farm house type look such as this.

Look at the tiles!  The sink! The baskets in the cupboard.  This is where I imagine making farm fresh dinners for my family.  I also see looking out the window and gazing at my own little hens in the backyard but we all know THAT’S not going to happen.  But someday I want the kitchen I picture in my head and I want to be surrounded by articles I’ve collected while we journeyed around the world.

Kathy spends a lot of time at Fleamarkets, known as Flohmarkt here in Germany and wrote a blog post featuring some of her finds.  You can see them on her blog.  I think this Saturday I’m going to head out and see if I can find some great finds of my own.

This of course means that I’m going to have to go on my bike on Friday and do the grocery shopping on my own so that Saturday is a free day.  Oh the life of being car-less…don’t worry it hasn’t lost it charm, just somedays I wish the grocery store delivered.

3 Responses to “Flohmarkt”

  1. Deb said

    You could always take some photos to remind you of your favorite views, for example if you look out a window to your backyard while doing the dishes, or your view when you sit in your favorite spot on the front step (or where that spot is) to have coffee. Then you could frame them as if they are in a window frame, or have someone paint them for you.
    The only problem with ‘memory stuff’ can be when your taste changes years from now and you don’t know what to do with the items.
    Enjoy your day at the Flohmarkt.

    • Allison said

      True Deb! I do know I want to get a picture from each place so we can surround ourselves with the places we’ve been….I guess I’ll see what turns up at the market!

  2. anji said

    my step-mom is a collector of a lot of European things. Her family is from Holland… they collect a lot of older dutch stuff such as cannisters… like, for flour and things?It’s something she can really use but definitely is unique… the other thing she has is a cu-cu-clock… but – a classy one, and not tacky 🙂

    Find something that is dual purpose & cool. Oh yea, the other thing they have is a coffee grinder… it hangs on the wall (where their coffee grounders were common to be) and she can use it when she needs to… anyhoot, don’t go for kitsch!!!

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