Vintage shopping in Bologna

2 Jan

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.

{all Decorator’s Notebook}

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!


4 Responses to “Vintage shopping in Bologna”

  1. Caroline January 4, 2012 at 17:23 #

    I’ve been to Bologna and loved it (though didn’t coincide with the flea market, drat). Spent your whole post going, ‘Ooh, I’ve been there’.

    P.S. Love the blog!

  2. Sophie January 4, 2012 at 12:43 #

    Vintage shopping and in the rustic setting of Bologna – sounds perfect! Those razer blade packets are so interesting! Love the colours :)
    I’m really glad to have come across your blog and will be stopping in regularly.
    Best Wishes and Happy New Year

  3. Michelle Y January 2, 2012 at 09:56 #

    I love Bologna. I will have to head back sometime for the flea market. Looks like there were some real goodies – love that pink circus poster.


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