Antiquing

There’s an annual antique fair that’s really popular here, especially among professionals – people in the antique business come from all over the country and even France & Portugal to check it out. I’ve always wanted to go but for some reason it always fell on a busy weekend. Well, not this time!

A friend told me a couple of weeks ago if I wanted to go and I said yes. Unfortunately Andoni had a few other things to do so I arranged to meet three friends there. It was held in a huge pavilion at an exposition center, so we had to pay a 5€ entrance fee but it was definitely worth it. Here’s a shot from above right before we went in:

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We started with the booths on the right and made our way to the other side slowly. There were some real treasures out there, like this original Eames chair. Of course it was way out of my price range; still, I couldn’t help but stare longingly at it… and take a picture…

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There were also a couple of original Tolix stools out there. I forgot to take a picture of those, but they were insanely heavy. Just by lifting them I was able to tell those were not a replica – the salesman confirmed it, too. I also fell in love with this printing set at the same booth…

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They were both gone by the time I came back to them. This key/mail sorter was really really cool and very Anthropologie-esque:

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And I just wanted to take this whole rustic/industrial booth with me:

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I have no idea why they didn’t have the prices of the items on display though. There was no one to be seen that I could ask, and they had no tags, so I left. Otherwise I might have bought the BAR sign (or just an A at least).

There were a lot of vintage ovens, as well…

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And something I really really really wanted to bring home with me was this vintage scale:

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It was 50€ though, and we’ve recently made a couple of big purchases (a suitcase, more materials for home projects) so I was trying to cut back on my spending. Oh well, I’ll find one somewhere else, I’m sure.

Of course there were a ton of typewriters and cameras – any self-respecting antique fair has to have those!

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Vintage art… I thought this would look nice in an office or even a kid’s room:

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Another rustic/industrial booth I fell in love with:

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And a working jukebox!

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Fun fact: I saw the tag of this lamp from a distance and thought it read 35€, so I was ready to jump on it and buy it. Yeah… no. It was more like 350€. Still beautiful though.

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And something I’m still regretting not buying, for 5€:

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One of those antique siphons for my glass bottle collection. So, I left empty handed, but very inspired. Even if I didn’t buy anything it was a great way to spend a Saturday morning. There were so many awesome things and everything was beautiful. By paying the entrance fee you entered a raffle to win 500€ (to spend in next year’s fair) so we all played the “what would you buy if you won?” game. Me? The Eames chair, no doubt. Here’s hoping! Do you guys have antique fairs like this one? What would you buy if you had 500€ to spend?

What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments.

18 thoughts on “Antiquing

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Yeah, the lamp was insanely pricy. The chair was around 400€ – I guess Eames design furniture is way less common here than in the US, obviously, and that’s why it’s more expensive here.

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Glad you like it Carrie! It was a gorgeous chair… *sigh*. Maybe they’ll call me this week to tell me I won the 500€ from the raffle and I’ll be able to buy one next year if there’s another one for sale :) (I’m feeling lucky this week since I won an iPad last week, hah).

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Oh yeah they were awesome. They had them in all price ranges – the ones pictured were around 25-35€.

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Hah yeah most stuff was way out of my budget but I still had an awesome time. Everything was gorgeous.

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      I know! I got annoyed at them because they had no prices/tags and no one was around to ask, so I left & didn’t get the chance to know how much it cost.

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