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The French Brocante

By Coreyamaro

The French Brocante

 

At a brocante in France one can find anything. Well anything old that is. The classic brocante finds are linens such as sheets with giant monograms, hand made lace pillow cases, monogrammed dinner napkins large enough to be mistaken for a tablecloth... silverware, serving pieces, dishes, pottery, books, lace, ribbons, nightstands.... etc.

The classic brocante finds are plentiful to the point that it is easy for those of us living here not to notice them anymore.

Today some friends of ours who are here visiting France for a few weeks, were surprised that we didn't go to a certain brocante. I had to remind them that on any given weekend there are at least thirty or so brocantes within an hour drive from our home. When you live in France, brocantes are as plentiful as the stars in the sky... finding the extraordinary, the unusual, the good price, the right vendor is the difference between the visitor and the local at the brocante. The local has everyday and weekend of the year to dive into the brocante, the visitor has a handful bu comparison.

 

The French Brocante

 

At the brocante I usually check the vendors I know first. Today I wasn't  disappointed. I went to the stand of a man who nine times out of ten has more beautiful things than I can ever dream plus for a price that is half of what one would pay if at a shop.

 

The French Brocante

 

An iron plaque.

1900s

French

Large, solid...it took two men to carry it for me.

The plaque has two angels on either side of a shield. It use to be above a fireplace in a convent.

Yes I like religious antiques.

 

Where am I go to put it? That is a question I do not know the answer of. But I did know I had to have it.

 

The French Brocante

 

 Marche aux Puces - Flea market

Vide-grenier - Similar to a Garage Sale though in the center of town.

Brocante - an antique market

I like any place or shop that has old things, but usually the brocante is my favorite weekend thing to do. The Vide Greniers and Marche aux puces usually have too many children's plastic toys and clothes for my likening. Sure if you find one or two pieces to call your own, the price of the item will make you do a happy dance for days to come. So if it is cost over quality that you are looking for than the Marche aux Puces and Vide Greniers are for you.

 

The French Brocante

 

Now where am I going to put it?

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