Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday Vide Greniers - the warm-up

Son 2 and I popped off to the Vide Greniers in the town next door today. I discovered button tubs!This Vide Greniers is in a more modern part of the town, near a supermarket, but there are still some beautiful sights amongst the stands.We bought a very big bundle of Bionicle parts (these are Lego robot-type creatures, for the uninitiated) which was good value for at least 24 different characters, as far as we can see. From the vintage point of view, I found this sweet jug (it's quite small) for a euro, and these buttons from two stalls (total 1 euro 20).
Have a look at the buttons - these were strung together, but of course they're quite different. I like both types, though. The flowery one will go very well with the collection I brought over from my mum's. I still don't know how I'm going to display them...Snazzy, almost hat-shaped buttons. 1950s, perhaps? 1930s? What do you think? And some MOP, of course...Here's the base of that jug.
And here's the other side. Unfortunately, our wild roses have gone over now, because they'd look great in this jug!
And finally, I got some shabby patchwork seat cushions for our outdoor chairs. Comfortable bottoms all round at lunch time!Meanwhile, Son 1 and Ben have been extremely active, firstly planting out four tomato plants, which Son 1 must water, which he can then eat from any time he wants! (He tends to graze on our tomato plants, so we're protecting our own harvest by doing this.)
They then went on to lay out our exciting second hand swimming pool, and prepare the gravelled area for the pool to be set up. They're currently out buying sand to make the area properly flat, and they THINK they may have the pool up by tomorrow evening! That depends on how long we all spend at our own town's Vide Greniers tomorrow, perhaps...

17 comments:

Lululiz said...

I am so envious! I miss the French vide greniers in our area ( Bourgogne ) so much. Hopefully, there will be one or two when I am over there in August/Sept. I love the jug, it is so sweet. And the buttons are fabulous. Great finds.

Olga said...

Thank you for this lovely weekend post, it really cheered me up, as the weather has been really dull over the previous week - it's around +13 with persistent cold wind from the Baltics... Cool finds again :) You know, I'm really curious how you manage to find time for everything: your family, your job, your hobby and the blog :)!

Olga said...

Ah, thanks for the idea of linking to previous related posts.. I saw how it works in your blog and added the gadget to mine, really useful thing!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your treasure hunt. Home grown tomatoes sound good. Have a great weekend.
Glenda

Shabby Chick said...

How great to have a child that grazes on tomatoes! I really like your finds, especially the jug. And of course more buttons are always fun!

Mel xxx

Sarah said...

What great finds! and the weather looks so good, compared to what we have at the moment.....
x

The Whispering Poppies said...

Oh my boys LOVE Bionicles! Sounds like you found a bounty of them! And that pitcher is LOVELY!

Mandy said...

Oh what lovely finds and thank you for introducing me to Bionicles! LOL xx
Hope your all well xxxxxx

Jeannette said...

Lucky finds! As you have seen in my last post.... I have a soft spot for buttons...love these!
Bon weekend and happy hunting tomorrow!

Melanie said...

Hi Floss, thank you so much for the extra chance, that is so kind of you. xxxx

Terry said...

Dear Floss
What lovely treasures you found .
Thank you for posting the photos .
I love the fact that your son is learning to garden.
My grown son is growing tomatos
in my backyard . He has no yard or patio space
of his own. So he comes over frequently
to water and weed.
Which is nice for his parents .
Had a really great time visiting your blog.
Hope you get to go shopping again tomorrow.
The pool sounds like a great family project.
hugs

Florence and Mary said...

Finding buttons always makes me smile

Victoria x

Josie-Mary said...

Lovely finds. The weather looks great, it pouring here :( hope the swimming pool is finished... how lucky :)

Lace hearts said...

I love the buttons and the patchwork is gorgeous. What nice finds for you. I'm envious of the sun, needless to say!

beck said...

Ooh I love that little jug. The weather looks beautiful as I sit here in cold, old Daylesford. As for those buttons, aren't they amazing. What do you think you will do with them? x

Polka Dot Daze said...

Wow what treasures you found - I love that jug.

Marie Reed said...

How old are your boys Flossie! I have a 9 year old and 2 six year old boys! I DEFINITELY know what bionicles are! Isn't that hilarious! I of course adore all of the vintage goodies but my heart really started fluttering over that mention!