They got off to a brisk start!
Both boys were very helpful finding sets of toys for the buyers, and did lots of chatting and rummaging. Son 2 later found a small toy which was part of a set already sold, and buzzed off round the Vide Greniers to find the woman he'd sold it to. She later told me: 'This is why I love Vide Greniers - people are so kind!'
In the afternoon there was a definite down-turn. Ben arrived for a shared picnic lunch looking positively grey, as he'd discovered that his and Son 1's bike, chained up firmly outside our secluded side door, had both been stolen. This is the second theft recently, as Son 2's really good bike was nicked a few weeks ago. Fortuntely, his replacement bike wasn't stolen, but I rushed home to lock the remaining bikes into the house, and Ben went off to report the theft. It left us quite shaken, and then it poured with rain, the boys managing to put the rain cover on expertly whilst their parents were (briefly) away...
We made a few more sales in between showers, and Son 2 managed to spend most of the money he made (I wonder where he gets that from?). Son 1 has made enough to repay me a good chunk of the money he borrowed last month to buy a video game, so he's happy with the day's earnings and all his hard work.
When the second sharp shower found us covering the stall again, and many of the stall holders started packing up, Son 2 found this damselfly on our rain cover! We then decided to pack up ourselves and come home to dry off. Ben and I spent a good chunk of time sorting out alternative bike-storage (currently in the downstairs bathroom - good job we only have a few bikes lol, sigh) and planning secure storage in the future. It's a real disappointment to us as we've always felt very safe here in this town, and to have things taken from inside your garden is very unsettling. But we saw the good side of the town today, at the Vide Greniers which was run in aid of a children's charity...And here's a little peek of what mum found while the boys were working hard! I hope you'll forgive me if I leave it a few days before I do a full post about it all - I want to soak, wash, dry (how?!?!) and iron the linens before I show you the full details. What's come over me with this washerwoman business?