I'm in the land of Brocantes and Vide Greniers and tis the season for them. I couldn't be happier. The french take secondhand buying and selling pretty seriously - we even picked up a pamphlet from the Tourist office with details of all the locals sales held over the summer. And there were three near us on sunday; but even with my mum as back-up, one was going to be our limit. We chose a small vide grenier in the pretty village of Bournel, and bribed the children with pocket money and the promise of a trip to the swimming pool in the afternoon.
Vide greniers are like car boot sales and literally mean 'attic clearance' - just perfect I think. Brocantes seem to be more like antique markets or fairs; wonderful for a wander, but harder to find bargains.
Not an antique dealer in sight at Bournel, and all the sellers had obviously had a right old rummage through their attics.
There was quite a mixture of interesting stuff and broken old tat. I thought I'd hit the ground running with my first buy - a swatch flip flak watch for 20c. I was so excited I forgot to check if it worked (it didn't) or if there was a catch for the strap (there wasn't)
Thankfully things got better after that - even managed a bit of haggling in my faltering french. I found a lovely rusty old tin for a euro, to add to my rusty old tin collection, and this tureen for three.
I've never really used a tureen and don't think this one could cope with anything piping hot anymore, but love the pattern and feel sure I can find another use for it.
My mum bought these cat dominos for the kids - quite unusual with fabulous, colourful pictures by Andy Warhol. Dominos is a game you think you should remember, but neither of us could!
The boys ambled about and didn't get much, but the youngest did ok - she got all this with her five euros from granny: a box of Polly Pocket things, toy hairdressing kit and soft leather slippers.
This bright, bold ceramic cheese plate was my top find for two euros. It's not just the way it looks...
...I have a deep love of cheese. So maybe a little al fresco wine and cheese-tasting by candlelight, or small tea-light inferno?
|metal bird tea-light holder - 3 euros|
I'm linking up with Liz's Magpie Monday