Everything you ever needed, thought you needed, didn't know you needed or wanted you can find at the French flea market. If you need hardware, software, clothing, toys, knick or knack, bric anc brac, Jack or Jill you can find it at the brocante.
Even if you aren't looking for anything you will can find something.
It never ceases to amaze me the stuff, the tons and tons of stuff that can be had at the fleamarkets in France. Literally I have asked myself when is it ever going to end? How many door knockers, tables, mirrors, letters, books, dishes, platters, pillowcases, lamps, etc. etc. could a country have had in the nineteen and eighteenth century?
Finding something you like is easy. Trust me if you come to France bring an empty suitcase. You will not regret the extra room to carry things back. The clothes you pack you will wish you hadn't...
My mother said, the first time she saw the flea market in France, "I have died, and gone to heaven, with my tongue hanging out and I am tripping over it."
Pharmacy jars used as cannisters.
Going to the flea markets is the best way to feel good about yourself and recycyling.
My house is recycled.
I can count the new things I have on one hand, okay maybe two... forget that I said that.
One of the best ways to recycle is to buy at the flea markets.
A towel for every purpose under heaven.
If you didn't use paper towels how many towels would you use in a day?
I do not use paper towels. I can tell you having a towel for every purpose cuts down the laundry.
Varied dish towels.
Some are linen, some are cotton, all are old and in perfect condition.
Do you think old things survived because they were better made? Because they were valued? Needed? Cared for?
Every single photo is of something I found at the brocante, bought, kept, used and eventually sold.
Small purposeful, delightful, well made antiques for the home.
Sweet and charming too.
Nothing says original and unique then antiques and flea market finds.
Want to have your own look... buy at your local second hand shop.
Why have your meals on the go when antique plates look this sweet?
French antique door/letter slot.
I know I love old stuff... and cannot understand why my brother Mat doesn't.
Seriously, Mat this is cool, you gotta admit it!
Paper back books from the 1830.
Most of us won't look this good after 100 years from now.
In France they made it a law, a law that you cannot have a small mailbox or slot. Hence, the market is flooded with them.
Old windows, and hardware too. Because new windows that are double paned the French goverment will give you a tax break.
A baby's leather shoe.
A hand made boutis.
Love nest, warm.
Made to last with enormous care and talent.
A dog sits under an old iron table with a music box over head.
He knows he is safe... I am not looking for a dog. Though if I were I am certain I would find one at the brocante.