Vide-grenier season is in full swing. A vide-grenier, or “empty the attic,” is a kind of flea market or mass garage sale. It isn’t like the famous flea markets of Paris, with established vendors and quaint shops. It’s for non-professionals, mostly.
You pack up your no-longer-loved possessions into your car and then try to unload them on somebody willing to pay a couple of euros. The biggest segment by far is kids’ clothes and toys.
Followed by adult clothes. Then kitchen stuff, decorating stuff, tools and books/records/CDs etc.
Sometimes you find treasures. We got a couple of crystal sconces. Some interesting pictures. A cheese cloche. That’s over about a dozen vide-greniers in a couple of months.
A vide-grenier is an interesting picture into the French culture. You see what people collect.
There’s always someone with military stuff.
You’re reminded of a time when France wasn’t as rich, when it was picking up after war and one had to make do.
There are métiers no longer as common as they once were.
And, it being France, there is always food.
Sorry for the blurry photos. The sun was so bright I couldn’t see a thing on the camera screen.
What’s the best treasure you’ve found at a vide-grenier or garage sale?