Sunday, 25 March 2012

Sunday brocante



We filled the main house with relics and prizes from the local brocantes, the second hand bric-a-brac markets. However badly rusted, flaking, dented it was, we were charmed by each item. Cast-offs, objects near the end of their life, their usefulness already given to other people in other settings, could play out their final years for us, until they crumbled finally into the dust which fell steadily from the ceilings and walls.
                                                           
                                                                   From The Lantern

Throughout France there are brocante markets on Sunday. Some will be full of wonders, others tatty but incredibly expensive household artefacts. Some of these fairs will offer up just what you’ve been looking for at a bargain price, others will be full of old rubbish.

Each to his own, but whatever your taste you can usually find something to intrigue and tempt, like this little selection from Provence:  








This painting caught my eye:



And this carved wood panel on a sideboard:



7 comments:

louciao said...

I think I'd go mad with choice at one of these gatherings, though that wouldn't stop me from going if I had the chance. Perhaps coming away with a memory card full of photos is the best way to deal with such temptations. I love the idea of the objects "living out their days" with the new owners that choose them. From rust to dust.

Libby Rodriguez said...

Ok. Three comments. (1) wow!!!! (2) if you ever need to raise money, bring a container load of those things over to the US! Lol! You could command top dollar! (3) thanks for coming by and reading my little writing contest entry. I got third out of 58 entries. I'm going to try again. :)

Elizabeth Young said...

I adore sales of all kinds Deborah, but particularly of the antique/shabby chiq mode. One of the things I miss most about not having a car is being able to take off whenever I want to some place in the country to peruse their wares. I do own several nice antiques that are greatly loved!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

An interesting selection,the galvanized sink pretty special! It's not for me though but I do like the urns.

Cottage Garden said...

Is that Isle le Sorgue Deborah? We went there a few years ago - I was in seventh heaven! Although quite expensive I thought.

Love the urns and the little sink and I spy a pretty lantern in the first picture!

Did you succumb to temptation?

Jeanne
x

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Hi there - and thanks for the lovely comments, as ever.

Jeanne: These photos were from Gargas, a small village not far from Apt. No, we didn't buy anything - it was eye-wateringly expensive! I asked about one unframed painting, a copy of a Dufy, and it was 3000 euros!!! Must have been purely for the tourists and wealthy summer residents. Agree that Ile sur la Sorgue is the place to go, and in fact we've bought quite reasonably there, and are still delighted with an elegant small desk and a ex-shop drawer unit in pine.

Relish said...

I adore the huge birdcage - I can think of so many great uses, indoors and out! These markets were my life when we were living in France and we have a number of odds and ends dotted around the flat, waiting for the day when we have a proper old house of our very own...

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