P1070958The brocante of Limoux, on the first Sunday of the month, holds plenty of treasures. (Alert: there’s one this weekend, on July 2.)

Paris, with its huge population, has the famous marchés aux puces, or flea markets, namely les Puces de Saint-Ouen, selling carefully curated antiques at carefully curated prices from stalls that have become fixed shops.P1070970In France profonde, the flea markets are called brocantes and may be single shops selling antiques and vintage items, or they may be itinerant gatherings of these kinds of professional vendors. These are a step up from the vide-grenier, which is like a group yard sale. Brocantes have better stuff, but vide-greniers are where you will find something amazing for a song, buried amid piles of cast-offs.

That said, brocantes here offer some amazing finds at bargain prices. Though you are free to negotiate the prices down further.P1070967Can you guess what the object above is? The Carnivore knew immediately, having been there, done that. Put your guesses in the comments.P1070968And what about the gold things above? I thought at first they were some kind of hook for handing a coat or something. But no, on turning them around, the shape wasn’t right. They’re about 10 inches high. There’s a little cup, but it’s very small. Maybe for visiting cards? Even the vendor didn’t know what they were. Just pretty. He wanted €50 for the pair, which seemed too high for something mysterious, even though I loved the faces. If you know what they are, do tell!P1070956We saw lots of rattan, which I have read is on trend. I’d rather buy it because it is beautiful, like those chairs at the top, and beautifully made, rather than because somebody declared rattan to be “in,” which means that cheaply made versions will be in stores everywhere.

I’m also a sucker for old portrait photos. Those girls look so sweet. I supposed they’ve died–you don’t throw out Grandma’s picture when she’s still around. My mom did genealogy research, very thoroughly I should add. My father referred to it as “your mother is busy digging up the dead.” Anyway, she managed to get photos of ancestors going back as far as photography was around. Not just direct linage, either, but all kinds of relatives. So it makes me a little sad to see these girls for sale.

Speaking of girls, how about this toy stove?
Other things are just not destined to be loved by anybody but the original owner.

There were lots of really nice pieces of furniture.P1070970P1070963P1070969After having hunted for decorations for our four fireplaces, they continue to catch my eye. I love these sphinxes.

A lot more bosomy than the Giza version.

And some old space heaters…P1070961If you are in Carcassonne, I can arrange personalized brocante tours. You can contact me at taste.france (at) yahoo.com.



37 thoughts on “Antiquing We Will Go

  1. The mystery egg shaped object is presumably a light, to be fixed to a wall. Does it flash to provide a warning that you are emerging from a hidden driveway or something like that?

    No idea about the gilt brackets.

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    1. You are correct that it’s a light. But not for a wall….For something else. It could warn others that you are emerging from a hidden driveway, but not the way I think you mean.


  2. Just a guess, but perhaps the gold objects were to hold holy water and sit on the wall beside a door. My husband’s grandmother brought our son a tiny ivory shell shaped holder and a little bottle of holy water from Lourdes when he was a baby. Love the chairs at the top!

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    1. I kind of wondered about that, although the cups are so small that they would dry up awfully fast. Maybe people doled out the water on an as-needed basis?
      Among the treasures we found in our apartments was a big bottle full of water from Lourdes. It isn’t very far away.


  3. Hmmm…well I feel obliged to correct you TF. There are oodles of brocantes and vide greniers every weekend including this one in Paris.
    Take a look:
    Brocante et vide-greniers à Paris le samedi 1er et le dimanche 2 juillet
    Much stuff in the Marché au Puce comes from the Friday/Saturday Vanves puce…an open street affair weekly where treasures can be found for a song.
    Also food and wine are still excellent in Paris FYI.
    Vive le Paris!!

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    1. I didn’t mean to imply that such brocantes weren’t in Paris, but we don’t have the enormous puces out here in rural areas. OTOH, everything is a lot more accessible in the countryside, from brocantes to food to lodging. Paris is like NY–there are bargains, but you have to know where to look. Whereas here, pretty much everything is a bargain.


  4. When I read or hear the word brocante….my pulse starts to race. What fun it would be to have the time to go searching the country side for treasures with you….

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  5. What Heavenly foraging! So many goodies … I love the boobilicious sphinxes and Cotetcampagne will know I go straight for that bed! And the rattan? I have always loved it but the thing I would have had to take would be Teddy. I can never leave bedraggled toys alone – I’m far too much of an anthropomorphisiser and I have to rescue them. It’s a thing.

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    1. Well, to think we have holy water and no gilt fountains. Shame.
      Wrong on the egg thing. And it’s a scary thought!
      Are you going to the Limoux brocante on Sunday? We won’t be able to this time because of other plans.

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  6. Oh my. The piece in that second picture. And lots of the other things, too. And poor, poor Teddy.
    Is the egg thing a light for a bicycle or a motorcycle? Some kind of velocipede. I know there are bike lights that are powered by the pedal action of the rider.

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      1. From a practical point of view, I’ll stick to my very bright LED bike lights that can be recharged, whether using a traditional electric outlet or via the USB port on a computer.

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  7. The golden mystery sconces cannot be for Holy Water since they feature a “strange” face. Holy Water fonts always portray an image of Jesús, Mary, a Saint, angels, a Cross, etc.

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  8. Oh…. I just want to take those space heaters home! The patina… Heavenly.

    For all the times and time I’ve spent in Paris, only once did I make it to the Marché aux puces — c’est dommage, n’est-ce pas ? And I was too young at the time to have two centimes to rub together… What fun it would be to go treasure hunting these days!

    (I admit, I always managed to do damage in the various art galleries, wherever I was.)


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