Sunday, May 17, 2009

You know you're having a good Vide Greniers when...

... you're rummaging thorough a container of vintage bits and bobs.... ... trying to work out which things to put aside and which to make an offer for...
... and the stall holder says; "Why not just take the container and everything in it for 3 euros?"
Well, that happened to me three times this morning!There was this bundle of lace and fabric - some pieces of lace carefully saved from old clothes, some sequins, some unused lace, various zip and velcro pieces and two pairs of bloomers (!) What to choose, what to choose? "Why not have the lot for 3 euros?"And on the same stall, sifting through the buttons and finding some real old goodies, the same offer was made again! Now I can do my sifting at home; maybe get the boys interested... And the other buttons, buckles and poppers will come in handy. On another stall I found a bit of vintage sewing equipment in here:
And later noticed that the basket itself was very handy, and rather groovy... "Why not have the lot for five euros?"
Why not indeed? There are, however, some things you tend to find overpriced at Vide Greniers. Vintage tins are lovely, but I can't really be expected to keep a straight face when people ask for 20 or 30 euros for them can I?Three euros for this lot - that's better! Only the red tin is actually old - the others are copies, but I have to have somewhere for my buttons, don't I? A couple of stalls were undervaluing their embroidery by current standards - good.And this extremely elderly lamp (yes, Mr Vendor, I know it's very old; that doesn't actually make it better when it's electrical...) came down in price to a point where Ben was happy to re-fit it for modern standards!
Ben also got bike racks for the car roof, a mini-DVD player - good grief, it was a productive morning! But what is this blue plastic monstrosity in our front garden?
And I leave you with this challenge: complete the following phrase in your own words: 'You know you're having a good car boot sale/garage sale/vide greniers when...'

18 comments:

Elizabethd said...

...when you pick up an above-ground pool with 6 packs of buttons, old bloomers, and some tins...all for 10 euros!

The Whispering Poppies said...

... when you leave with everything you wanted to purchase, and you still have money left over in your pocket! =)

What a GREAT deal on all those treasures! I LOVE the lamp. And it looks like someone will be going for a swim before too long. =)

Lavender hearts said...

Gosh you got some good things!

No, I don't worry about that. I've always just had ordinary light fittings in the bathroom. As ling as it's well ventilated it should be OK. The bathroom lights in the shops are just naff aren't they?!

Mandy said...

You get some great bargains before the english sky opens up and absolutely gets your soaked! lol
Looks like you got some great bargains well done

Laura said...

....when everyone comes home with a smile on their face!.....and it looks like you ended up with something for everyone! I am glad you had a fun morning and hope your afternoon and evening are pleasant as you and your boys sort through the buttons! Thank you always for visiting and leaving kind words!
Your friend, Laura

Glenda/MidSouth said...

When yu come home with some great treasures for little money. And, it looks like you did just that.:-)
Glenda

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

I don't think I've ever NOT had fun out garaging--even if you don't buy a thing it's fun to poke through other people's stuff! If I ever get to France, I'm coming shopping with you!

Lululiz said...

'You know you're having a good car boot sale/garage sale/vide greniers when... you come back absolutely drenched after a torrential downpour, but with a smile on your face and a full bag.

Sigh, you lucky lucky girl you, you picked up some great bargains there. Those tins are lovely, and the lace, bloomers etc, wow, that was pretty darned good. You may have gathered from the above, that I had a bit of a wet one, lol.

Shabby Chick said...

... when you come back with just what you were looking for, and maybe a couple of bargains besides :)

Some brilliant bargains there!

mel xxx

Florence and Mary said...

...when you find what you didn't even know what you were looking for!

Great finds for you and just the sort of sellers us thrift hunters love.

Victoria xx

Sarah said...

......when you still have euro's in your purse and your arms are full of lovely goodies.
I love the lamp base, such pretty colours.
x

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

Well, when you are thinking, "oh look at all this I love it.....but I don't think I want to spend all my money on it !!" and the vendor surprises you with 3 EUROS for all!!...It happened to me too. I have stacks and stacks of vintage lace that I bought just like that...Love it. I am so jealous flossy. I wish I could join you.
Thanks for signing up for my giveaway. Good Luck!!
Sonia

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

Oh those buttons ... I could spend hours looking through them!! And I love the embriodered pieces, what a goldmine!!!

Melanie said...

Wow, great bargains, I'm moving to France, lol. xxxx

maryboys said...

hello, floss:) i will be back to peruse your lovely things in more detail...oh my!!! just a quick visit now to say good morning.

A Thrifty Mrs said...

....when you find an extra £10 note in your purse so you can buy more!

Great finds, you lucky thing.

KaReN EiLeeN said...

....You have to make a trip to your car because your little cart is too full.

Glad I found you at Lidy's.

Love virtual fleas!!

KAREN EILEEN

Kris said...

...your van is full and you still have cash in your wallet.

Great finds. I love a bargain.

Kris