These Portuguese holidays have been busier than I anticipated. Between family, friends and visitors, I have had little time to, for instance, write the blog. As liberating as it may be, the lack of a schedule is a little bit missed and it will be looked for upon arrival in St. John’s.
In the meantime, I’m embracing the craziness of these last few days and packing the most amount of action I can stand. One of my new favourite things is visiting flea markets. I have always tried to share the excitement of a friend that religiously visits them, but truth be told I wasn’t that into it.
Well, these months in Portugal have changed my mind. Here, a person can find genuine antiques and pieces by talented, young crafters and designers that shadow the predictable VHS tapes and ancient magazine issues. Plus, I don’t need to get up at 7am!
In the heart of Lisbon, there’s Praça da Alegria. At its monthly fair I met Paulo Cordeiro. He creates the most beautiful jewellery from silver and resin. I could not resist what I call now my gardening earrings. They are bold, delicate and makes me miss all the gardening that I did not do this summer.
At the most famous flea market in Lisbon – Feira da Ladra (“Thieves Fair”) a porcelain ring from Amores de Tóquio found its way to my finger. Amores de Tóquio is the brand of a couple of designers that lived several years in Japan. The impact of those years is evident in their art.
My latest find is the dearest to me. The small town of Santiago do Cacém has on Saturdays a teeny tiny flea market – just a handful of tables – but we found the perfect espresso cups for our home in St. John’s. Not only they are gorgeous, they were made by the defunct Fábrica de Loiças de Sacavém. Founded in 1850, this factory was once the largest faience factory of the Iberian Peninsula. Presently, around the factory’s 18th oven, a museum was built. Named Museu de Cerâmica de Sacavém it received a European award in 2002.
I think when I get back to St. John’s, I’ll call my flea-market/garage-sale-obsessed friend and hopefully we’ll find some interesting objects together.