To Market, To Market, to Buy a Fat Pig!

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To Market, To Market, to Buy a Fat Pig!

My last day in Austria was spent at the Vienna Flea Market.  The Naschmarkt is open from dawn to dusk every day, selling fruits and veggies, and food ranging from falafel to schnitzel. And lots of great bakeries of course.

Flea market Vienna Naschmarkt

But on Saturday there’s also a Flea Market. So I spent pretty much my whole day there!  So many treasures, stories, history. I love hearing people talk about their “stuff.” I texted my best friend Peggy and said “I’m at the flea market in Vienna–get here ASAP!”  I thought about Peggy and so many other people I love.

Vienna flea market tools

I thought first of my faithful yard sale companion, my Dad, when I saw these tools. He can always tell me what they are used for, and if he doesn’t know he’ll figure it out!


This pile of lederhosen reminded me of all the Oktoberfest feasts we have enjoyed at my sister Cindy’s home. Her husband, John, spent two years in Germany and loves the food so much he’s become the schnitzel master!


This lovely woman from Romania was selling antique linen.  My niece, Alexis, served a mission in Romania and loves the people.  I found a piece of linen with blue for you, Ali!


Old hardware in surprising colors.


Boxes of old books and paper–I love old books and could rifle through piles like these forever!


Old chocolate molds.  The large hearts are coming home with me.?


For refreshment, I had a delicious rhubarb pastry with this scrumptious cheese.  Look at that knife he’s wielding!


Steph and all of our friends from Judy’s indigo class–wouldn’t this box of stamps be fun to create with?!?


Susan Krueger, look what I found! I got a few of these old wallpaper rollers for printmaking.


Oodles of silverware. I love old silverware and actually use it, as my house guests can verify. I keep a crock of mismatched silver on the counter so everyone can help themselves.


Button, button–who’s got the button?!


Bolts of old linen and piles of embroidered pieces. Check out the old sleeping shirts–I bought one!


I love these fall wreaths with persimmons. They seem to herald autumn.

Now it’s time for me to head “Home again, home again, jiggety jig!” I can’t wait to get my hands on my grandkids and kiss them to death!!


Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!

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  • Ami

    What a perfect way to end a perfect trip!

    October 5, 2015 at 6:24 pm
  • Stephanie Mayes

    Maybe my favorite post yet. A wonderful way to end. You have the best flea market eye and I would love to have followed you as you sift through and find the great stuff. I love the stamps, the old linens, the old hardware, and the candy molds. (passing on the lederhosen) I still have my gigantic egg chocolate molds I got in Auburn, so we have Easter and Valentine’s covered between us. Susan will do something fabulous with the wallpaper rollers.

    October 5, 2015 at 11:38 pm