I’m currently walking a portion of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela – follow along on Instagram!
For today’s French Friday, I’m sharing a few photos from a recent brocante/ vide-grenier that took place in Nérac (just a stone’s throw from our vacation rental property!). What’s a vide-grenier, I hear you ask? Well for want of a better term, it’s like a car boot sale. A garage sale. Sounds so much nicer in French though 😉
In France, vide-greniers/ brocantes are super well organised to the point that they even have a couple of websites where you can search for sales according to location. It’s brilliant!
For sure there’s a fine line between buying things for the sake of buying and lucking out on that once in a lifetime bargain that’s too good to pass by – like these vintage Le Creuset I picked up, stand and all, a few weeks ago in Agen for €80 !!
Even if you don’t have anywhere to put treasures found in a brocante, it’s still a fascinating look into the culture of a country…
For me, a good brocante is just as interesting as a museum…
And what is my latest brocante score? This:
A painting of old Nérac (where our house is located) painted by the gentleman who used to own one of the pharmacies in town. Couldn’t go past a little history…
For more information about the vide-grenier or brocante closest to you, check out Vide-greniers.org, France Brocantes (in French) or Brocantes France (in English).
Happy French Friday!