Yesterday, I shared about our shopping trip to Lucca and today I am showing all of the goodies I bought, carefully wrapped, strategically packed, and brought home in my suitcase. Well, and I borrowed some space in my mom’s suitcase, too!
If you remember back to my post about shopping at the flea market in Paris, I shared how much I drooled over the antique copper in one particular booth. Of course, I was attracted to the oldest pieces (from the 1800’s) and therefore the most expensive. Even though I had saved money to spend, I couldn’t stomach spending €300 (about $350) on one bundt pan or jelly mold. I held them and took pictures, and continued looking for things that would persuade me to part with my money.
When I was in Lucca, I spotted a small shelf hanging from a tent, filled with similar copper pieces. I must admit that, at first, I didn’t even walk over to the booth to check on the prices. I was sure I would be disappointed. But, I walked past them a couple of times and I couldn’t resist. I finally approached the vendor and asked for a price range, almost with a wince.
He pointed towards the oldest ones, “€90 for these, but lowest is €80. Others, not so much, €40.”
€80 sounded like a pretty sweet deal compared to the €300 price tag I saw in Paris. So, I bought the one I loved the most.
It is an 1800’s copper jelly mold stamped Trottier 14 Paris. I found an identical one listed on Etsy for over $200, so I feel good about my splurge and it ended up being one of my favorite finds of the day.
I wasn’t looking for a second one, but I found and bought this copper bundt pan with a beautiful patina for €30…
With my two new purchases added to an antique German bundt pan I bought years ago at a yard sale for $25, I’ve got a nice little collection going.
I also picked up a couple of wooden dip pens for €5 each…
And, speaking of collections, I’ve got quite a few dip pens, too! Each one has a unique feel and a different nib style, though. Of course, my favorite is the 1820’s silver dip pen. Hard to beat that one!
I found three sets of pillowcases, too. One set is a simple cream linen with hemstitching and ties for closure. I’m usually attracted to crochet trim and embroidered monograms, but this set was so beautiful in its simplicity.
I did find a fancier pair, though. Those cases have a crocheted edge, mother of pearl buttons, and a beautiful monogram.
And the last pair is a heavier cotton twill with a hidden button closure and crocheted border and flange on three sides. I already put that set on the guest bed…
The thing I like best about buying vintage pillowcases is they are a standard size, so I can actually use them throughout the house. And I do!
I didn’t feel like it would be right to not buy at least one piece of ironstone! And I found just the perfect piece. It’s a small tureen (we called it “to-go size”) that could be reasonably packed in a suitcase. I ended up fitting it in my laptop bag and it was safe and sound wrapped in bubble wrap and nestled against my camera.
It was €30. I was tempted to purchase a larger one, but I thought that might be pushing it with all of my other purchases.
As I shared yesterday, the streets of Lucca were lined with wonderful shops, so I popped into a few. I bought some pure artist pigments in Paris, so I thought it would be fun to buy a jar from Lucca, too. I purchased a jar of burnt sienna from an art supply store…
And, I also went a little nuts in the leather store our group swarmed, Officina Delle Pelle. (Just to say up front, these are not affiliate links and I paid full price for all of the items I purchased.)
I am usually drawn to warm brown leathers, but I loved the bright colors on display in this shop – specifically the green and yellow. I ended up purchasing a pencil pouch…
…and a handbound sketchbook …
I wasn’t planning on buying a purse, but this one was so beautiful and I really liked the size, structure, and layout of all of the pockets and compartments. It’s the Venezia purse in the larger size. I was drawn to the green, because I like having a purse that’s easily identified if I set it down somewhere (at church or a friend’s house, etc.). A grass green purse isn’t likely to get overlooked.
Here is a peek inside…
And I bought a Yellow wallet for the same reasons – it’s beautiful, well designed, and eye-catching.
It opens from both sides and has so many pockets, pouches, and places to tuck things. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and it’s my favorite wallet I’ve ever owned.
I was glad to learn they sell online, so I can replace these pieces down the road or buy others that I saw in person and loved, but didn’t purchase on the spot. With the added monogramming, they would make nice gifts, too. (I didn’t get my pieces monogrammed, because I purchased them too late in the day. Next time, though!)
If I could sum up our shopping day at Lucca in one word, it would be satisfying. I went to Europe with a wish list of things I wanted to shop for and I had bought everything on the list. Not just that, but I had rich experiences while purchasing them.
Each thing is tied to a memory of a place or a person, a story, or a new experience, and that makes each one of them more valuable and so much more than just a thing.