As for shopping, I am always on the look out for things that remind me of my own history and my family (I almost didn't bring anything with me when I emigrated 25 years ago).
Of course I brought home lots of thrifty finds and other goodies!
The usual "Dutch food" list made up by the family at home (suikerbrood, krentebrood, gevulde koeken, stroopwafels, bami en nasi sausen, frietsaus, jonge goudse kaas etc) was easy :)
Michal wanted wallpaper (can't get that here in Israel) and so I brought home 5 rolls of pretty damask wallpaper!
We visited the Brocante kip which is 5 minutes from my aunt's home.
My aunt knew a good thrift-store, which was really huge. We had planned to visit another but by than I was already fully packed.
And than of course I got my grandmothers things (she died in 1978), which another aunt gave me (she died a week after I got back home, see earlier post). Below my grannie's "bowl" (punch)-cups (only 5 left) and tobacco pot which she used to keep her wool, thread and needles to fix socks and missing buttons etc (everything is still inside),
Some of my Thrift store finds. These were all around 1-1.50 euro each. The tray and cloth-brush are both with traditional Dutch handpainted designs (Hinderloper art) which I really love.
a cute mismatched cup and saucer
a wooden plank to make traditional Dutch biscuits (taay, speculaas).
Brocante store finds,
these two Bosch "boerenbont" cups and saucers (my parents had the complete dinnerservice of this)
for 1.50 euros
Lovely unused heavy, embroidered double bedsheet set with two pillowcases (12.50 euros)
Biscuit tin (for Dutch round "beschuit") as new condition.
and some other sentimental finds at the market :)
2 yards of this old traditional fabric (Staphorster roos?). My grandmother had bed-linnes from
this in her "bedstee" (build in small bedrooms in the wall) and I want to make pillowcovers of it.
and a beautiful large farmer handkerchief ( will make a nice throw pillowcover)
and of course, one can never have enough cups, so got a few of these cuties home too. Some of them were as cheap as 50 cents (normal store, sale price).
Can you believe we were still 7 kilos BELOW our allowed luggage-weight when we flew back home? :)