This time our Gypsy Travels take us to a small town in The Netherlands, called Diepenheim.
The Netherlands is a small country, neighboring Germany on the East and Belgium on the South. They are still ruled by a King, Willem Alexander, and his wife, Queen Maxima. Though most people think it’s about cheese, wooden shoes, tulips, drugs and its capital Amsterdam, there’s so much more to it! With over 17 million inhabitants, it is one of the most densly populated countries in the world. Yes, there are big cities with loads of bicycles, but there are also rural areas with lovely small towns, farms and cows.
One of those small towns is called “Diepenheim”. In its area there are several castles, manors and an ancient mill. It is one of 8 medieval towns in “Twente” – an area in the East of The Netherlands. It has been around since the 1100s already. Unlike some other big cities surrounding Diepenheim, the process of Industriliasation in the 1900s, surpassed Diepenheim. Which is why it maintained such a small number of inhabitants. Due to the feodal castles and churches, it kept its rural character.
All this makes Diepenheim the perfect scenery, for the annual “Brocante Parade”. “Brocante” litterally means ‘old, but not antique’. It is mostly associated with shabby chic, though. It’s not your local fleamarket for sure. This ‘Parade’ attracts vendors from all over the country, and visitors come from far as well, to try and find the perfect treasure. Accordingly, the vendors know their prices all too well. But with a number of 120 stands, you will be sure to find something good!
Crew member Mandy Leever-Koel, residing in Hengelo, a town situated about 25 minutes from Diepenheim, did bring home a couple of treasures.
“Almost 5 years ago, my dad and I visited this fair too. At that time I was pregnant for some weeks, and was looking out for an old baby crib. I didn’t buy in the end, because I hesitated about its practicallity.
My husband drives motorcycles, and decided not wait until our little boy was old enough to ride on the back of them, so he bought a sidecart instead. When I saw this miniature sidecart, I knew my now 4-year old boy would love it. His dad doesn’t own this type, but it would fit the other red items on the shelf in my boy’s bedroom very good.
The blue trim is for when I will sew one my homemade shabby gypsy bags again, and the brass ornaments are always treasures in my view. The dollfaces provide many possibilities for crafting, so I simply had to bring them!“
Now onto all the treasures I had to leave behind… 😉
Where will the gypsies take us next week… who knows…
See you then!