The rain is still coming down here, but thankfully we have not got the problems which are affecting parts of the South of France. That region has had 400mm (about 16") since Tuesday. France 24 news says:- At least 15 people have been killed and another two are still missing in
France's southern region after heavy rains caused flash floods on Tuesday, with some 175,000 homes without electricity as a result. My thoughts are with the families concerned. Cote d'Azur
Due to the fact that I have not been outside for two days, other than to read the rain gauge, I thought I would do a different style of post today.
Brocante means second hand or flea market, vide grenier literally means "empty attic", but in our local shop, at Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure, called Le Vide Grenier you can buy anything from battered old books to fancy furniture. I even saw a complete church confessional once!
During the summer months, almost every weekend, one village or another has what we would call in England a car boot sale (in America, probably a yard or garage sale); here in France, they are simply Brocante. Generally there is a lot of what looks like rubbish being sold, but what is rubbish to one person is often desired by another. It often surprises me how people buy articles which look, to me, as if they are rusty and/or broken; obviously I have no taste!! Last year I had my first taste of selling at our local village Brocante sale and what great fun I had. I even managed to bargain in my terrible French, but I met many people, had a wonderful day and came home with a few Euros in my pocket. Hopefully I will get to the Brocante again this year and see if I can make a bit more money. Of course this year, now I have my blog, I will take many photographs.
As you can see from the pavement outside there is a wide variety of items for sale.
Any one for a teddy bear, or perhaps you are a musician?
Quite a fancy sideboard or perhaps an old book or two.
Due to so much, and such a large variety for sale in one place, items get piled on top of one another!
Chairs placed on top of small tables!
Our solid oak dining room table which we bought at this shop a couple of years ago.