Monday, September 12, 2011

"C'est vieux..."

I cycled off to a Vide Grenier yesterday and, once again, heard those popular words in my title, which of course translate as: "It's old..."

What got me thinking was how these words mean different things to different sellers.Far too often, I hear them being used to excuse a silly inflated price:


I'm charging you lots because... "It's old!"

There was a time a chap about my age tried this on me with a charming mirror with the date 1964 on the back.

I sincerely wanted to point out that anything that was only a few years older than him or me was hardly worth a price-hike.

But I didn't.

And I did buy that mirror, after a bit of bargaining.

But on this occasion, the phrase: "It's old..."


Clearly meant: "So that's why I'm charging so little for it. Why on earth would you want it?"

Hurray!

j

I'm in the mood for a guessing game. Which object (excluding the bread, above) do you think was the condemned 'old' item in question?

No prizes, but if you want prizes, don't forget to enter my giveaway (button in the sidebar) which closes tomorrow!

19 comments:

Carolyn Phillips said...

I think maybe one of the paintings?

marigold jam said...

I'm going for the enamel jug? Glad you had a good rummage and some bargains to bring home.

Michela said...

Swooooon! Those stenciled plates are to die for!
Mmmh, peut-etre le plateau rouge?!

Elizabethd said...

I'd say the enamel jug was the old one.

Betty The Wood Fairy said...

The enamel jug I think - and how I would love to fill it with woodland finds!

Mrs Bent said...

I'd guess at the bowl

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

I'm going for the red tray. I have found that the vide-greniers are not as good value as they used to be. You have to search harder now.

Isabelle x

Vintage Jane said...

It's got to be the enamel jug. M x

polkadotpeticoat said...

I love that first picture and the red tray...oh all of it. the bowl thats my guess.

Mommy en France said...

The jug? Your posts SO make me want to go to a vide grenier or brocante out in the provinces, as here in the Paris area the prices are often ridiculous.

Della said...

You always find the prettiest things- I love that painting! I've got so many old paintings, yes, because they were so cheap! I really need to get rid of a few.

Nina said...

Oh what georgeous finds! I am lousy at guessing and I always end up getting it wrong! Drooooling over many of your treasures!

Sarah - Red Gingham said...

I was going to say a picture but now I think perhaps the enamel jug because how could you not pay extra for that? Too cute.

Lynn said...

I am hoping it's the enamel kettle jug as it's my favourite and they always cost a fortune over here.

Angela said...

I agree with all those saying Jug!

LissyLou said...

I'll say the jug. I love the pretty flower plates xx

Carole said...

I would go for the jug, but will opt for the canvas flowers (oooops) - well, just scrolled up and noticed it wasn't canvas, but it looks old anyway. (but charming)

silverpebble said...

I think it might be the jug. Without it's lid not everyoone would love it but you and I certainly do!

Mom Walds Place said...

Old is as old does. Love your blue flowers!