I realise that some of you probably are not that into the brocante-ing (flea market, antiquing...) thing, but I think that I have just found something that I LOVE, and had to share. There are many specific blogs out there on this subject - if you are interested let me know - here is just my point of view on the subject.
This past weekend we went to 2 different brocantes. We were actually motivated to go because our gardener (I use this term loosely, our home used to be a vacation home and he was the caretaker/gardener and still helps us out often with different things, like lawn mower repair) and friend was running the saucisse and frites stand and told us he'd slip us some free fries if we stopped by. And so, not being the type of people to say no to a free lunch, we went.
I have been wanting to go to the brocante now for a long time. I have already been to a few, but was never prepared. Never had cash to buy anything and was either super pregnant, or tired from work all week. Lets just say that I loved it. From the kids getting pony rides, to all the stuff people were selling, it was tons of fun. A lot of it was junk. Old cassette players, telephones, really really used clothes... But there were a few gems...
I came back with three items. One pair of never worn sandals for Miss Lily for next year, that I bought for 2 euros. One little cupboard with the key(!) and glass doors that used to be used to keep one's jam until it was eaten. (This item is going to be used as a jewelry holder for me). And... the cutest little Frenchie school desk for Miss Lily. Someone, at some point, put a piece of lineolum over the top of the desk, but peeled back it looks great. So I have to sand it all down, oil it up I think as the wood looks and feels really dry, and then seal it. And then put it in my office so that we both can 'work' at the same time. It is too dark to get any good photos at the moment, but I will take some asap and add them in. Anyone want to venture a guess as to how much I spent? We can play a game in the comments, I'll answer all guesses with 'more' or 'less' and the winner gets a prize...?
I do feel like this is going along with my goals of consuming less. I am not buying anything new, just reusing things that others don't want anymore. And it is way more fun than going to the store, you have to look for the treasure amid all the junk.
(Oh, and wearing your cowboy boots leads to interesting experiences. I got invited by 2 old men to the local, and new, Line Dancing club. And anything horse-related was pointed out to me by the sellers... Next time I may wear sandals, but tromping around in those fields, my boots were sure nice!)