Local Heart, Global Soul

March 7, 2011

A Sunday Stroll …Treasures to be Found?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Another post from last Summer’s archive of photographs whilst I’m laid up with my foot.

There is a  regular antique and book market in the centre of The Hague on the Lange Voorhout  on the end  that is closest to the Tournooiveld.

It’ takes place every Thursday and Sunday from  around May 15th to September 30th  and is an interesting place to look for curiosities, paintings, prints,  porcelain, books new and old, some bric-a-brac and the odd piece of furniture.

To be brutally honest you won’t find the lowest prices in town here. It’s partly a tourist attraction and it’s not a real “flee market”  because it leans more towards the antiques trade.

Items are priced accordingly.

Still,  the atmosphere is relaxed and leisurely and it’s a lovely place to wander under the avenue of trees and browse lazily on a sunny Sunday afternoon. … and if you can barter hard you may even get a bargain.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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6 Comments »

  1. Kiwidutch, looks like a good time was had by all at the flea market. I would like to have browsed through all the books. Except, maybe not. They are undoubtedly all in Dutch!

    Comment by Kathy — March 7, 2011 @ 8:27 pm | Reply

    • You are right, most of the books are in Dutch.
      Mind you, from time to time a good selection of English language books come up, simply because the vendors have the visiting tourists in mind. (You need a little luck and a sharp eye)

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 7, 2011 @ 9:17 pm | Reply

  2. I love garage sales and flea markets, there are indeed treasures out there, specially when you are a collector. I rememeber when I used to collect Board Games before I always go to such places as I can find rare Board Games that you can buy at $2-10 but the worth is $40 or more.

    Comment by rsmacaalay — March 9, 2011 @ 7:42 am | Reply

    • I collect antique lace, old wooden decorative boxes and sewing tools. The collection isn’t large but it’s nice to keep an eye out for these things and see if you can find them cheap. Do you collect any particular Board games? i.e. just Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly or everything?

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 9, 2011 @ 7:53 am | Reply

  3. Wow. I think that my wife could spend long time here! I love too old things, but at the moment we have too much “stuff” we cannot acquire more. 🙂

    Comment by sartenada — March 11, 2011 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

    • I know, I know… Himself and I have too much “stuff” too, so we are weeding out things we really don’t use and donating them to the Kringloopwinkels (second hand shop) or giving things away to friends who want and need some extra furniture etc. We are still guilty of buying more stuff LOL BUT we are being far more selective these days.

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 16, 2011 @ 7:20 pm | Reply


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