Friday, June 3, 2011

Sunday's Vide Grenier

Sunday was another sunny day, and once again, due to it being an unusual sort of weekend, I was able to head off alone to another Vide Grenier - this time in the centre of a village not too far from us. The ancient red bricks of the houses and the poignant memorials from the First World War give the road out to this village a very unique character. There were a good many stallholders selling off the contents of great-aunty's house - always a very good sign. Someone thought this stencilled platter was only worth 20c. I wasn't arguing!

A stallholder who was giving three kittens to good homes (I forced myself not to look, otherwise I'd have taken them all...) sold me these two, slim bark cloth curtains for 1€50.

I love the pattern on them, and Ben seems rather impressed too - he likes good workmanship and I think he approves of this textured fabric, which he hasn't really seen before. I picked the rusty curtain hooks and the beautifully-stitched pleats out, and the fabric has washed and ironed beautifully. Now what, I wonder?

This isn't a very special kitchen canister but it looks a bit like some others I have so is now on display with them. It might be a useful store for plastic lids before recycling, too.Never pass up a decent mirror for under 4€, should be the motto of anyone who lives in a dark house...

And finally, a pretty lining, added rather inexpertly, to an earlier and better-made, hand-crafted box.

The box seems to be hand painted, and I would guess early 20th century.

Much more recently, some young vandal added découpage CHICKENS!CHICKENS! I ask you...


I haven't worked out if I'll be able to get them off yet.

So it's goodbye from me, and it's goodbye from the Speckledy Hen.


Fading Grace said...

Hi Floss, Oh my goodness I love those curtains!, What beautiful fabric......don't suppose they're for sale! xx

Fat Dormouse said...

Lovely things, Floss!
Thank you for your blog - I love reading it.
I hope you have a great tume in the UK. I'd like to meet you, but I'm staying firmly put here at the moment - too much work!

Pomona said...

I think you should make yourself a nice big bag from the barkcloth! Just right to take to more vides-greniers to carry your purchases home in.

Pomona x

Vintage Jane said...

What lovely finds - I'm so envious. Can you believe I have never been to a French market ... to be added to my list of 1001 things to do before I die! M x

Healing Woman said...

I love reading about all your terrific finds. Thanks for showing them. Yes. I agree, get rid of the hens.

Catherine said...

What a fantastic hoard! Well done! Love the fabric and I agree with would make a great bag! Cx

Jane and Chris said...

Love the curtains....but the chickens!!!
Jane x

polkadotpeticoat said...

All I can say is wow wow wow! what amazing treasures they are all my favorites!!!