Most Sundays throughout Normandy and probably the rest of France there are a lot of towns that hold huge Vide Greniers, the French equivalent of a car-boot sale. The word Vide Grenier means “attic clearance” and was the chance for grandchildren to make money out of their Grandparent’s horded junk. The junk of course can also include some exciting finds for collectors. People come in their hundreds with parked cars stretching for a quarter of a mile sometimes outside of town.
Sometimes stall holders do this for a living and are very aware of what they are selling but some are really clearing their attics out and bargains can certainly be found. Some can be as little as 50 stalls some upto 150. Today we started off in a goregeous wee village called La Sauvagere and then after we had exhausted their stalls, we headed for Couterne which was even larger.
What is one mans junk is another treausre is the name of the game here. The prices are very fair for most of the stalls, most things will cost from 1 to 5 euros there are a few dealer type stalls that are in another league but all in all the prices are fair and open to baragain. there seemed to be an awful lot of scary dolls heads without bodies which was a little unerving and once I started looking – they seemd to be everywhere!
I managed to spend a whole €20 today on a beautiful 6 set of typically antique French sundae/cocktail/ice-cream glasses, a metal plantier, a rather cute ancient copper complete with verdi gris colander, 5 antique white napkin holders and two very chic white cotton French shirts and the piece de resistance two French 10 year old photographic magazines one featuring Henri Cartier Bresson and the other Robert Doisneau both Magnum photographers for 50 cents each!
The snacking for veggies is hard though – nothing but those andouillette sausages in baguettes… but thats Normandy…
See what I mean about the dolls ?