Sunday, April 26, 2009

French Style - Charity Shopping

When I first arrived in France, used to little UK high-street charity shops, I concluded that they're just weren't any charity shops in France. Then a friend pointed out I was looking in the wrong places! The Secours Cathloique and Emmaus shops aren't little stores on the street - they're big warehouses on the trading estates!
It's a bit overwhelming sometimes, but the ladies who run them pay great attention to detail, and on Friday I discovered this bijou little corner just inside Veti Relais!
A vintage wedding special!Look at this happy couple! They've included a lot of their usual stock to great effect (lace 80c a metre):
I liked this dark little corner... The rest of the store is, as usual, decorated by someone very creative - I really don't know who went to such lengths as to paint these lovely murals above the cash till. These plates are so nicely displayed.
And oh, look, a little vintage-style apron!
Some lovely ladies, up on the opposite wall... So, Vive les Maries!
I'm going to take a three-day break (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) from blogging, because I've got quite a lot of projects as well as French irregular verbs to learn!

I want to finish and post off my PIF gifts to Ashley and Juanita.
I need to complete this swap, which I'll be sending to Sharon, the Crafty Trundler.
And I only just signied up for this birdie swap, but I have some fantastic bird ideas and am looking forward to getting going on this one, even though I don't know who I'm paired with yet! I think you can still sign up for it - check it out here.


Sonia said...

Wow, that charity shop is just amazing!! I love crochet lace. I'm sure in France that comes in abbundance. Thank you for taking us shopping again. I'm really enjoying these posts.

Josie-Mary said...

OMG that shop looks fantastic..... I could spend many a happy hour in there. Not sure about the happy couple..LOL!!!
Have a good break, hope you get things done. I'm in London Tues & Weds so no blogging for me... I'd like to take my laptop but maybe not I should be working. Does your mum still live in the Exeter area? If so we should meet for coffee when you're back in July. :)

Mandy said...

Oh I love the shops ! they are great What a great find xxx

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks like a great place to just roam around in. Love stores like that. Thanks for the tour. I am located adjacent to a very large metro. area, but there are not many thrift stores, and I must go at the wrong time, as there is not a lot of the "good stuff", mainly clothes and such.
Have a great day.

Elizabethd said...

We have a huge Emmaus near here, you could not only furnish the house, but also plumb in all the bathrooms, kitchens etc!
That looked very like a Kath Kidston vintage apron to me?

Sal said...

What a lovely post!
Hope you enjoy your blogging break!!

Beck said...

Ooh I am so jealous..I would love to spend some time at that shop. I loved all the photos...have a lovely break x

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Thecraftytrundler said...

What a lovely "charity shop"!!! I will have to visit France! I want to go on a spree there now!
Enjoy your break, I am really looking forward to mine.
Just to let you know, the parcel was posted this morning by airmail, so hopefully you should receive it very soon!! I love doing swaps, it's fun deciding what to make, and making it, also nice to get a surprise through the post!!

Sharon xxx

Country Cottage Chic said...

What a lovely place! It must be great tohave a lot to look through all in one place. Our charity shops are pretty much useless now - I think they all sell on ebay!

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

Oh what I would give to come shopping!! I LOVE the yellow teapot in one of the photos.

What a great peek into your world!

Kris said...

Oh' I could spend all day shopping the charity shops. Of course I would need a boat or plane to get me there first. :) Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comments. Of course you can enter to win the giveaway. It is open to everyone. GOOD LUCK!!

I love your blog and all the photo's. I'll definitely be back to visit again.

Have a happy day

Sarah - Red Gingham said...

Oh that apron is devine! Did you buy it? What a fabulous shop. It looks like you could get a few very good bargains in there.

Sarah - Red Gingham said...

Hi again! Did you see this on my blog?
Thought it might give you an idea of what to do with your apron.

French Knots said...

wow looks like a great shop to have a mooch about in - and really big!
Love the pretty pinny.

Unknown said...

Lovely blog. I just went to sign up for the swap but must have just missed out :( Guttered! How do you find out about them?