Posted: 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.