We had been to Waterloo once before on our Belgium weekend back in November. I had a lot of fun at the Waterloo Brocante and I was ready to go back. We planned a weekend with several of our friends and their families. We all rented rooms at Dolce in La Hulpe, Belgium. The hotel is about 15 minutes from the brocante and has an indoor pool.
I had been told that things at the Waterloo Brocante got started early, 4 AM. My friend that was going shopping with me was not sure about a 4 AM start, but we did get going by 6 AM. We were parking at the Carrefour by 6:25 and things were in full swing. I was so excited I forgot my phone so I don’t have any photos of our early morning adventures. Most of the vendors were set up and there were quite a few people scanning with their flash lights. Oops, we had forgotten ours! Thankfully we were able to see a few things still and I started collecting treasures. The sun was up by 8 and it was amazing how different the market looked with some light. We had told our families that we would grabs some breakfast from the MacDonald’s and bring it back to the hotel. Another friend joined us and we went back for more. There were a lot more shoppers at this point, it is definitely worth it to get to this market early, even if it is cold and dark.
I did manage to get some photos in the afternoon. The first few are from one of my favorite places from the day. This young guy spoke some english and was very nice. He was willing to deal and he had some great pieces.
This “Poissonnerie” sign was amazing.
I loved this sign, but it was a little more than I wanted to spend for something like this.
These were all old fashioned portraits.
There was lots of enamelware, tin, signs, mannequins, and some great furniture.
He just kept pulling treasures out of his van, but I noticed he was packed up rather early and on his way just after 12. Most of the vendors were still there at 1 when we finally left.
This next set of pictures is from a very different kind of booth, but just as expected. They have all of their stuff in boxes piled around. You have to dig for want you want and then ask for a price. You can find some great things in these boxes. I found a hanging scale, granny square afghans, and a brown bottle.
Here are a few more shots from the brocante. I could have spent more time just walking around taking photos, but I had a car full of sleepy kiddos ready to drive home.
The brocante went from whereI was standing all the way to the MacDonald’s on the other side of the parking lot.
I spoke to one dealer early in the morning and he gave us some insight to how this whole brocante works. He had left his house in Holland at 1:30 AM to get to Waterloo around 4:00 AM. Then it was time to wait in line, apparently the whole thing is first come first serve. This guy I spoke to was super nice and his English was excellent. His selection was great too. I am so bummed I didn’t get a photo of his booth.
Just a few of the dogs of the brocante. Borcante dogs deserve a post all on their own.
My chairs waiting to be loaded into my car. I found all 5 over the course of the morning. I carried 2 of them around for a while, but they are not light. I bought a few more and thankfully the seller was willing to keep them for me.
And finally, my treasures at home.
Grain sacks, enamelware, copper, old signs, and silver; I was a very happy shopper.
Mason’s transferware tray, yellow mini cake stands and yellow plates. The green transfer ware are Napoleon plates, I got a stack of 9 of the Napoleon plates.
This little clock was an impulse buy, and I am so glad I grabbed it. It is a Kienzle, German made clock and it still works!
When I bought the helmet the man told me it was American from WW II. I had my doubts, but the price was okay. I thought it would be a good learning tool to take home and do some research. Now that I have it home I am almost positive it is not what I thought it was, but it is still neat looking.
When I saw this plate I didn’t think it was that old, but when I turned it over I saw this stamp and then the name of the pattern and I knew I had to get it. “Florida”
This is a vintage mustard jar. You can see the stamp on the bottom, it is from Sarreguemines I think.
I managed to get all of this shopping done in 2 – 2 hour shopping sessions.