Flohmarkt . . .

by missP on Tue Nov 01, 2005 3:31 pm
Flohmarkt in Germany, brocante in Belgium and some sort of Tiangge-cum-garage sale for us in the Philippines, although pwede na rin ang term na "ukay-ukay".

My birthday was a three day celebration of some sort. We drove to Belgium on the evening of Thursday. Friday morning was for shopping all that was necessary to prepare for the Sunday lunch that my sisters had arranged earlier with some relatives & friends. The afternoon till late evening was spent catching up on the news about old friends, eating and drinking with the regular karaoke session of course. Updates on how we are doing, news about the philippines, about relatives and friends were discussed and finally ended up at around 12.30 midnight.

The regular visit to the weekend market in Brussels, very popular only to foreigners was set for Saturday morning. There we could get fresh meat and vegetables at very, very good price. AS the menu is already set,
we knew what exactly to get and where to find them, so, it didn't take us so long to shop for the necessary ingredients. Afterwards, we spent a couple of hours more just looking around whatever cheaps we could find. Of course, none of what we bought on top are important. They are just cheap and available, so we had to get them, hehehe.

At 9 a.m. Sunday morning, my BIL surprised us all by anouncing that there are already a lot of people in the street right in front of my sisters' house. We completely forgot that there was a "brocante" in the area today. I woke hubby up briskly to ask where he left the car, since the main street was closed to traffic because of the event. No cars were allowed to be along the main street. If it's still there, the commune would tow the car away and this could take several hours to settle. Luckily, where he left the car was not intended for the sellers. So, the car was safe.

Brocante is actually some sort of garage sale. Theoretically, brocante would be the time when residents are allowed to sell old products like clothes and trinkets in their house that they don't use anymore. Or, if for example you want to buy new furnitures, you can get rid of your old stuff by selling them at a brocante. But, some people have made a carreer out of it. They do nothing else but register and watch out for every brocante events in the whole region and sell stuff there, not just old but new ones as well as handmade/handycrafts. MOstly selling are the Gypsies,
the old folks and every now and then a family who maybe trying to get rid of all the old toys and rundown clothes.

It is actually fun. Only in this time can one bargain or haggle for the price of a particular thing that a person wants to buy. Although in the Philippines this may be normal, here in Europe it's not. I think some of them are even embarrassed if they encounter such a scene. If only I could do this everytime I go to buy groceries or materials that i need. BUt, I digress.

So, after doing the last minute preparations for the lunch, me, hubby and the kids of my sisters wrapped ourselves in our comfy jackets and
decided to join the throng of people outdoors. We slowly walked down the road with the others who are still just checking the offers or are already haggling with the sellers.

There were some booths where they sold only old books and classic films. Hubby and I got stuck there for a while. BUt not long enough, since the kids started to do a chorus of: "we want to go to the park instead." After sometime, I gave up and told hubby we should just meet again after some minutes. I couldn't stand the constant reminder of "when do we go to the park?" or "can we go now to the park" from the two midgets. I love them, don't get me wrong, but sometimes, they can get to my nerves as well.

On our way back to the house, we met some of our visitors along the streets also bargaining for an old vase, a lamp or a picture frame. Kaka aliw talaga!

Another thing I like about brocante is that I tend to make up stories for the people and their wares sold there. It has become some sort of a game. You see their stuff on sale, and you think, "hmmm... now, why would he want to sell that thing away?" Can it be because the person selling it has just gone through bad case of divorce and family feud over their conjugal properties, they would rather sell of the appliances that would remind them of the disaster? Or can it be because, the person's partner or just passed away?" The brain really works wonders. You could just imagine all kinds of stories about them. Sometimes, it even helps me decide if I would buy a certain item from them. Shallow? WEll, maybe so. but the heck!!!

Lunch was by the way, great, thanks to my two sisters who are superb cooks.
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