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25/08/2013 at 14:00

Well this thread is for general chit chat and i thought i'd explain what the french idea of a car boot sale is all about or as the french call them "Brocante"

Now i think i should start by saying that the french consider anything old as an antigue & worth a small fortune.

The first one i went to 11 years ago i parked my english number plated car right on the edge of the start of this street full of stalls, the day was hot, the smell in the air was of fast food and some smelly french people (some really do pong to high heaven)

As we walked into the street this french woman stall holder spotted both us & the english number plate, "she was holding this cast iron frying pan and telling me it was very very old and worth a fortune as she lifted it above her head showing off the under arm thick black hair that reminded me of a couple of dead cats,

the pan   it was old "dirty and still had the fat in it".

You can get some real good buys in these street markets such as kitchen pans of the more modern sort and full dinner service crockery, these really are good buys as the more modern house wife dosn't use such well made item not even to colled dust while on display.

But when it comes to glass wear ive seen so many that are really filthy dirty

(the stall holder must be having a joke if they think anyone would want to buy them)

Ash trays by the hundreds inspite of the french still today smoking like walking chimney pots.

You'll see young children trying to sell their toys all laid out on a blanket for you to inspect, (future millionairs in the making)

Today i bought two things (1) an outside metal hanging light complete with bulb for 2 eur's it really is a bargain and after i got it home & in the workshop cleaned it up and tested it !!

im very pleased to say it all works and now just needs mounting over the front door,

(2) was a double bladed dutch hoe for 1 euro, again just needs a shaft and its ready for work.

You can tell by walking around these markets whats not worth buying new by the items being repeated throughout for sale,

ie a lot of cheap and nasty strimmers being one of the not to buys.

bulb planters etc, I must have seen six tred-mills today all going for bargain prices.

And so many toasty sandwich makers,

Plastic statues of that little boy having a pee, (Who buys these things to start with?)

I enjoy the odd weekend "brocante" and my favourit stall's are the rusty box ones,

box after box of tools etc i find you'll always see a bargain hiding in these box's

And home made tools from a by gone age, 'I wonder who made them & if they're still alive today?

Well as the rain started and the stall holders covered their wares with non-see through covers it was time to start home through the verious unseen hamlets and the little lost in time villages,

So quiet, so peacefull Just the odd dog lifting its head up from its long relaxed rest to let you know he was still alive and kicking,

A nice day off for the time being from the garden.

25/08/2013 at 14:50

Sounds pretty much like the average British car boot sale.

Probably more dogs over here tho.

25/08/2013 at 15:20

And traffic.

25/08/2013 at 16:09

Not in rural Norfolk 

25/08/2013 at 17:04

I love these brocante markets - also called vide greniers or attic emptying which is nearer to the car boot ethic and doesn't include professionals - and have had some real bargains from bits of oak furniture to clean and oil and make smart again to kitchen items, jugs and old galvanised laundry buckets I've painted and use for planters.

The trick is to see past the grime and imagine it cleaned up.  A friend spotted a filthy lantern in one in Brussels and it now has pride of place as her central light fixture in the living room.  Once cleaned, it proved to have art deco metal lines and small coloured glass panes which were a perfect fit for her home.


26/08/2013 at 08:09

I think one of the good sides to a lot of things here involving cars/bikes etc is that you hardly are ever asked to pay,

And over the lunch time 12-2pm  your not as the norm expectd to pay anything, this is si people use the local small main street eating places, brocantes are the same "free parking" hospitals in the largest town here Geuret Free parking,

So to leave early to get to these brocantes is a good idea because 'Parking is normaly arranged "free" and you get the pick of whats for sale,

Just to see the verious people and the way some dress, the children being children is nice to see And here we dont have a theft problem from cars etc.

26/08/2013 at 08:14

Underarm hair looking like a couple of dead cats?!! What a totally disrespectful and unpleasant way to describe a woman. 

26/08/2013 at 19:42


For christ sake lighten up,

It wasn't meant to  be disrespectful,

26/08/2013 at 21:52

I live in France (Dordogne) and I know exactly what he means! But most of the women in Dordogne are more sophisticated than that, I think. The Creuse (county that Gueret is the capital of) is a real country area and sparsley populated. Like living in the past.

27/08/2013 at 08:31

Thanks Lizzie,

For that, all i was saying was how it was on that first brocante,

I noticed Valerianella didnt comment on the fact that the pan still contained dirty cooking fat !

If you cant write on a subject telling it how it is or was then its a sad sad world some people live in.

if you get the chance and your reading this reply "Valerianella" read todays  offering ref france men and weed control around the DIY store car park,

I m sure in a way you'll wish you'd been born a man.

27/08/2013 at 08:53

Men are more clever, stronger, and "nearer to heaven".......hee hee hee....but women, even with underarm hair, have the beauty!   

Here "car boot markets" are everywhere.  Places to go to chat, haggle, eat n drink and get the bargain or the pig in a poke.

27/08/2013 at 09:58

Now that is a provocative remark, naughty Verdun. Since when were men cleverer than women?

27/08/2013 at 10:57

tee hee hee hee...snigger, snigger snigger

27/08/2013 at 18:24

If a man has dead  cats under his arm pits "he's manly, strong, something every red blooded woman wants to wash,

If a woman is swinging frying pans full of used fat in it and she has thick black hair hanging down and a fag in her mouth "well she couldnt give a rats back side about how she's sending out the message !!!.

27/08/2013 at 20:01


something something red ballons  ?  

I recall that the artist made the headlines because she too did not shave under her arms !

Maybe the singer  and the frying pan seller was one and the same ?

WHO KNOWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

27/08/2013 at 20:21

1983 - a band called Nena.  No one would make the headlines for that reason in the papers I read 

27/08/2013 at 21:36

And there were 99 of them (balloons that is).

Does that make me an oldie??

27/08/2013 at 22:03



and Dovefromabove she DID make the HEADLINES   -   back then it was on TV maybe  HEADLINES is the wrong word to use  , but I am an oldie afterall !

27/08/2013 at 22:06

Also I would like to add as  SMOKIN DONKEY  says   :  it was not meant to be disrespectful . Just adding to SMOKIN DONKEY'S  tab .

27/08/2013 at 22:12

No probs lucky3 - I remember songs much earlier back than that.  Its when I start singing Nancy Sinatra ditties that I really give the game away

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