My family and I off we went to the Padua fair of antiques and collectibles. We paid the ticket entrance 8 euro each and soon I ran to ferret out some nice objects to buy or collect during Christmas time.
There were several depots and first we had to walk into a giant showroom of old American cars and stages dedicated to the country dances. It seemed to be on "Pimp My Ride" show, with all those two-coloured flames painted on the automobiles.
Then, small stalls started to appear and smart ideas on how to decorate house for Christmas (or to make a little good present) came up to mind.
Drapier shop proposed its fabrics and trimmings. Cushions and curios doorstops in animal shapes were displayed in this corner. Also hearts decorations and tea boxes from Holland were items successfully sold by the company. With surprise I also found the revival of cuckoo clocks: Grandmas were attached to them decades ago. Glad to see they are back again in trend!
Few steps ahead we admired a series of curated bonsai, which stood out elegant and imperious. There was the olive tree, the pine tree, the maple, the elm and the yew stayed there in their perfect disposition.
This little green exhibition was curated by a cute elder couple who teaches at the Agrarian School of Padova and it periodically runs professional and amateur classes in gardening.
Stalls after stalls, I was looking for colours and brightness to find something different or, at least, fancy and joyful. Old music boxes popped suddenly out from benches of gadgets of every kind. I was literally mesmerised by them and they did rekindle that sense of freedom and childhood usually I try to put aside. Anyways, I thought that, for their good condition and the brilliance of tones, they will be a perfect alternative to high-technology and super presents for Christmas. I believe antiques or old toys are acting as evergreens and they still are appealing, fascinating and glamorous.
Another corner who caught my eye was the Matryoshka dolls one. They came directly from Russian artisans and they were so attractive for they deep and smiling expressions and colours I could not but took a picture.
Speaking of dolls, a further spot of interest was that one showing the Dolls 'miniature houses. Everyone was amazed by them, most of all from the ability of the craftswomen to carve a doll house from different types of boxes. So, you will able to make your doll's home from a panettone box or any piece of scrap material.
A tray of fruit deserves to be mentioned. In fact, it seems to be real, but it's not. The fruits are all made of papier-mâché laid on a Murano glass plate. Selling price: 600 euro, all worth it, I have to say.
To conclude, StudioArredi and its useful and innovative products was a pleasant surprise before ending our visit. The passion and determination of the business owners made me feel proud of what my country can reach and achieve.