Just before Christmas my Mum and I bagged some £17 flights and headed to the lovely historic city of Bologna in Northern Italy for a few days. By happy coincidence our visit coincided with the twice-monthly flea market in the gorgeous square outside the church of Santo Stefano. Mum taught me pretty much everything I know about buying vintage tat, so the pair of us hot-footed it there straight after breakfast!
That’s the church in the background. I’ll take you inside later but let’s see what we can find on the stalls first shall we?
I love vintage packaging and these old razor blade packets caught my eye. Better than my plasticy Venus I thought!
Mum was tempted by this half-completed sampler, but it was a bit pricey.
You can walk 38km of Bologna’s streets under porticoes or arcades like the ones you can see in the background. Many have beautiful frescos painted inside the arches.
There were plenty of boxes of old photos, pictures, postcards and posters to rummage through. I especially liked this illustration of a circus ringleader training his prancing horses.
Lots of colourful shot glasses looking great displayed on a mirrored tray.
Baby Jesus, shepherds, kings and whatnot.
I loved the twirly font on these vintage name-tapes, all tied up with bright elastic bands.
I really want to create a display wall of pictureless frames (something like this) and could’ve got them all on this stall. Damn the Easyjet baggage allowance!
The Basilica Di Santo Stefano is actually not one church but a collection of seven churches and other religious buildings dating from different periods.
In the middle of all the buildings there’s a lovely courtyard with lots more of those porticoes around the edge.
Pretty much everything was, well, pretty. Even the bricks in the walls.
Oh, and here are some colour coded buttons I forgot to put in with the other flea market photos. I know you guys will appreciate this sort of thing!