Dolls Heads & Vide Greniers

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

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.

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

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.

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

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!

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

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!

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

The snacking for veggies is hard though – nothing but those andouillette sausages in baguettes… but thats Normandy…

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

Photographer: Lesley Treloar (lesleytreloar.com)

See what I mean about the dolls ?

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Dolls Heads & Vide Greniers

    1. thanks, couldn’t decide on a few so put most of them up, yes it is very lovely here and the sales are a great way to get to know the towns and villages…

  1. I just love sales like these and yes, the dolls are pretty creepy… but I find plastic dolls to be a bizarre interpretation of a human child and rather disturbing in general – thanks

  2. These “attic sales” are simply the best way to pick up those great bargains we brits love to snap up. Last year I managed to get some great bargains during the local September vide grenier in Pionsat, Auvergne. I hope you have a great week! regards, James

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