Have you ever been at a market or store and thought, ‘If only I had a truck to get this treasures home!’ ? That happens to me all the time here in France. There is one store I go to that has an awesome delivery service and I usually only buy my furniture there. I had been to Waterloo, Belgium a couple of times and they always seem to have a ton of fun BIG things there. I have been contemplating the idea of renting a truck for a while, but the cost and time and logistics have always held me back.
After some careful planning and some other big adventures that are coming into the picture I was able to rent a truck and take a friend from Paris to Waterloo.
On our adventure we saw this sign for a “Vide Maison”. In the city where I live you are not allowed to sell things from your home like a garage sale, but that is exactly what this vide mason was like. I pulled that giant truck right onto their street and stopped to look around.
We got to Waterloo Saturday evening and stayed at a hotel in the city. We were up at 4:00 am and at the market by 4:45 am. I had made my first purchase by flashlight by 5:20. It was crazy, but we were not the only crazy people there.
This giant window was just stunning, but it did not come home with m.e We walked by it so many times as we shopped and carried treasures back to the truck.
This vendor had such a beautiful selection of china. There were pieces from Belgium, France, and England. I love this picture even thought I didn’t buy anything from her.
Now on to some of the things I did buy!
This metal piece and of course copper. This stack of copper was so heavy, thankfully I had my rolling back with me.
This sign is in Flemish and thankfully the vendor spoke great English. He did his best to explain what it translated to, but I didn’t write it down so I am going to have to ask my friend that was with me.
This bowl caught my eye, but I was trying to buy bigger pieces so I passed it by. Then my friend that was with me picked it up. I checked out the back, saw what good shape it was in and decided to get it after all. I think the mark is from 1968-1990 from the German Democratic Republic.
Chicken feeders! I am hoping to use the one on the right as a plate stand.
Isn’t she beautiful? I found her while I was shopping in the dark with my flash light. I knew I wanted her, but I didn’t know how much I loved her until I saw her in the day light. She has Paris and the name of an artist on her back shoulder.
This is a bread board, with initials carved at the top.
This is coffee table height and I love the legs and the color of the top.
Here is my find of the day, a 19th century farmhouse table. This was my first purchase of the day and my favorite one.
My friend and fellow shopper took this picture of me on the road, driving the big truck. This was a big adventure, and the start of an even bigger adventure and I have been so anxious about everything according to plan. I am so thankful that this weekend went off with out a hitch.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my finds and following along on my trip to Waterloo in the Big Truck.
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