Renovation, restoration, hallucination…September 2014
French country vide-greniers & brocantes are very civilised.
1) There is no requirement to get up at the crack of dawn to get the bargains and…
2) I have yet to witness mass hordes of dealers descending to fight over stuff before the stall holder has even unpacked . This used to happen all the time when I did antique markets and car boots in UK and I found it extremely uncivilised.
I left Trevor in the land of Nod and wandered up to the Mairie square about 8:30 to find a very leisurely unpack going on.
Most stall holders were passing round fresh coffee and the odd pastis ( to keep out the cold, it was only 30 degrees) and eating croissants. I found a couple of treasures and had a little chat. People actually asked what I might be looking for and if they didn’t have it somewhere in a box, helpfully alerted the next stall to rummage for rideaux (curtains) which were my main mission as I have one more window to dress. I also spotted what looked like the perfect washstand for my Chinese basin (see last Thursday Three) in the shower room at village house and the nice lady agreed to hold it whilst I went home for breakfast. I love this place.
It was a beautiful warm, sunny Campagne morning. Having spotted a few old tools earlier that I thought Trev would like, we both wandered back an hour or two later.
Thank you Les Z’O Doigts of Les Hauts de L’Aude for making my month.