Attention Gooische Vrouwen: Weesp Flea Market Friday, Nov 9th

he village of , in the ‘t Gooi region south of Amsterdam, is a chi-chi town with great shopping where you would expect to see the actresses from the popular Dutch soap opera Gooische Vrouwen out and about shopping or dining incognito with their current lover. Last time The Antiques Diva ™ was in Weesp, I was lunching with some ladies from the IWC and I swore I’d come back to hit the shops when I wasn’t so hurried. That day, after a lovely, long, intoxicating lunch along the Vecht, I had to rush off to catch my flight to and sadly I’ve never found my way back to this charming town.

Now The Maven has given me good reason to high-tale it back to her town! She left me a voice mail this morning informing me that I must come to Weesp this Friday, November 9, 2008 for a “Rommelmarkt” inside the “Grote Kerk”. For my English-speaking comrades, this means I’m going to a rummage sale at the big church in Weesp! While she did admit that there was a bit of trash to be found, she also insisted that there was a huge queue for the assortment of antique treasures. If I know The Maven, she’ll be the first in line, having her pick and leaving the rest of us to sort through what she’s left behind! The Maven promised me that we’ll find not only excellent antiques but also some exceptional bargains!! Needless to say, I’ll be elbowing the other “gooische vrouwen” (wives from the upscale ‘t gooi region south of Amsterdam) aside and pushing my way to the front of the line so that I can gobble up The Maven’s leftovers before someone with bigger sunglasses beats me to it!!

By the way, it’s a pity the show Gooische Vrouwen is only in Dutch, because if it were in English I suspect it’d give Desperate Housewives a serious run for the money.

Ta Ta For Now,

The Antiques Diva™

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • Another friend “Simply S” just wrote in with some more tips about this fleamarket:

    “Simply S” tells me that the Weesp Rommelmarkt is like a city garage sale when people sell alot of antiques that they have had stashed in their homes. Some years you can get amazing antique furniture for next to nothing, and other years there isn’t much to pick from. It fluctuates, but other than furniture you’ll also find old housewares (silver, crystal etc), toys, homemade goodies (jam, chutney etc), homemade crafts (knitted items, Xmas decorations) and many other articles. “Simply S” went last year and left with a great wooden bunkbed for her daughter’s American Girl dolls!

    If you would like to go to this market “Simply S” says go early…the early bird gets the worm! It will start at 10am and run through until 4pm. The address is Waagplein 2. You can find street parking nearby.

    Contributed via email by, Simply “S”