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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Truly Vintage

Today there is a huge vide-grenier or attic sale being held not far from here. With over 600 stalls there are bound to be some lovely vintage treasures to be found ....and I am not there! My neighbours were up and off at the crack of dawn and I am so jealous but today is a busy day with B&B guests departing and new visitors for the gites before pleasure.

The French attic sales are quite remarkable - the stalls groan with truly vintage wares. Last year I bought a stack of magazines from the 1950's that are packed with delectable fashion illustrations as well as handy house hold tips and advice. Most intriguing are the classified ads - all those lonely hearts. I wonder how many girls from a 'famille honorable' found themselves a tall handsome man with whom to spend a 'vie heureuse.'


  1. Looks like they may have had some very interesting things. Hopefully you will be able to make it next time. This "attic sale" seems quite different than what we are used to.

    -- Dan
    Outer Banks Revealed

  2. Yes, it's amazing to find bits and pieces that really have come out of an attic!

  3. The vide grenier was fab with everything from old ironwork and clocks to priests confessionals from some ancient church....don't think it had been near anyone's attic though!
    You missed a treat gloat,gloat
    Love , the neighbours.