Every weekend we go to one brocante or another. This year the weather has been pretty awful, but we still usually go and see if any 'exposants' have turned up, and if so - are they still there putting up with the rain?
August being the French holiday month, there are not as many brocantes about, but that doesn't matter. And today we discovered a new attraction - the brocante PLUS the Marché des Producteurs. Today we went to Breuilaufa (no idea how to pronounce that!) and it certainly lived up to our expectations.
The brocante was good - through the streets rather than on a soggy field - and the Producers market was great. I had tomato tart and Dan had a steak, which was barbecued for him, and I also bought a plate of salad between us and we had the obligatory chips! The salad plate was gorgeous - chopped up tomatoes - an ancient, very tasty, variety; finely sliced, rindless cucumber with a delicate dressing and coleslaw with a slightly curryish dressing (Turmeric in there somewhere, I think). This was at lunchtime, but still there was lots of wine flowing at a very low cost, as well as beer and cider. However, since I was driving on to another venue, I didn't have any.
From the brocante I got another lovely teapot stand...
...and was very happy to find some good binoculars, which I have been keeping an eye out for...
We went on after lunch to Cognac la Forêt where another brocante had been advertised, on Brocabrac.fr. This was a little disappointing, as it turned out to be a regular fortnightly one, at the side of a Dépôt Vente building and only had about 10 stalls. However, I did buy a lovely crystal wine glass from one, for just €1. So that was pretty good.
We had a look round the Dépôt Vente too and I found a fabulous parcel of upholstery trimmings for just €5!
Yesterday I helped a friend with a stall at another brocante - in aid of Cancer Support France, and there I got an amazing bargain - a vintage Elna Sewing machine. It is from the 1960s and MUST be a collectors' piece. It is practically perfect, though I haven't had time yet to master the way it works, which is by a knee lever rather than a foot pedal!
It seems to have everything with it, including oil and screwdriver in the original plastic bag!