One of the neat things about living in Europe is the antique markets. We usually go down to Tongeren, Belgium for their Sunday morning market. A Canuk-istani did a pretty good write-up here. I’ve found that my “thing” to look for at the market are clocks. I love the antique clocks and there are some really interesting ones out there. Kelly and I decided together that we would only pay as much as what we thought the item was worth to us as opposed to what they’re offering. If I think a table, for example, is worth the €70 they’re asking for, I’ll pay that. Or I’ll sic Kelly on them and she’ll haggle them down.
One of the great things about the Tongeren market is that things change. It isn’t always the same venders, the same loot or the same trash. Sometimes, though, there are the same ole things that just keep showing up. Like the atlas man clock. (I’ll get a snap of that one next time.)
Earlier this summer, I’d seen this clock and thought it was the best clock I’d seen to date. This was the Gold Standard for all other clocks.
Well, I didn’t think that it was worth the €225 that the guy was asking for. So I just walked on by. Over the next couple of months, sometimes that vendor would be there, with this clock, sometimes not. But I always looked at that clock.
Well, this weekend we went back down there and had a blast. We came back with some serious loot. I owe pictures for everybody else’s stuff but this was my best find of the whole day: my clock!!! After we walked past it, again, Kelly asked if I really wanted it. Of course I did but admitted that it too expensive. Kelly thought it was worth about €50 but I did say to her that if she was to offer him €120 on the spot, he’d probably take it. Well, again, I sic’d her on him and she worked her voodoo. She asks him the price, he tells her €200 but to give him her price. She says, “I’ll give you a €100 for it.” “Ah, that is too little!” he says. Kelly replied, “But you’ve had it since July.” At which point, he agrees and takes the €100!!!! Wow, what a champ she is!! And I’ve got this great clock.
Today, Matt and I mounted it in the hallway and got the weights and pendulum all sorted and she’s a beauty!
Not the best picture and it’s late. But once we’ve properly sorted the decor, I’ll be sure to get more snaps up on the Gallery.