French Fridays: La brocante

La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’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 😉

5 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.comIn 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!

4 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.com 6 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.com2 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.com3. La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.com 7 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.comFor 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 !!

Vintage le Creuset on eatlivetravelwrite.comEven 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…

9 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.com 8 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.com15 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.com 13 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.com 16 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.comFor me, a good brocante is just as interesting as a museum…

12 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.com 19 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.com 18 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.com 20 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.com 21 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd what is my latest brocante score? This:

22 La brocante on eatlivetravelwrite.comA 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!

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4 Responses to French Fridays: La brocante

  1. Maurine July 29, 2016 at 16:57 #

    You saw so much that I missed at the Nerac sale. I wish I could go back Next year, I guess!

    • Mardi Michels July 30, 2016 at 05:59 #

      We spent AGES in there! And hey, there’s always next year or another vide-grenier!!

  2. Geoff July 30, 2016 at 21:14 #

    Gorgeous pics,Mardi. Luckily I wasn’t there as I would have bought the old Underwood typewriter (made more famous these days by the American version of ‘House of cards’ – where the principal character is Francis Underwood).

    • Mardi Michels July 31, 2016 at 01:34 #

      You know, I was *this* close to asking about that for you and figuring out how to get it to you later 😉

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