We went to the Stuttgart Flea Market, or Flohmarkt, on Saturday. I’m used to flea markets being kind of shabby. I don’t know if it’s the small town I grew up in or that Colorado just doesn’t have old stuff like New England or Europe does. We hit a nice sidewalk cafe for breakfast first and had coffee and croissants. Then we meandered our way through the many stalls of old toys, beautiful glass and porcelain, furniture, and even old war medals.

I collect elephants, so I was watching out for those. The gentleman who sold us these two said they are from Niederland, Holland porcelain. And there’s one scene on the movie Becoming Jane where Jane pulls out an old trunk and flips open the lid. Inside is a huge pile of her writing papers and journals. Ever since then I’ve wanted some kind of old trunk to store my papers in. I found the perfect one. Of course there were book stalls too, can’t pass up the books. I found an old copy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in English. It’s beautiful.

It was so exciting to see so many possibilities for decorating our house or gifts for people. We’re probably going to another this weekend in a small town outside of Stuttgart, Sindelfingen.