Monday, April 20, 2009

The first vide-grenier of the season.

Lord knows what time the stall-holders arrived but, by 9 a.m. on Sunday, the main street of the village was lined with stalls all loaded with the usual amazingly mixed bag of stuff that shows up at this kind of event. 
Some of the odder offerings, largely because they were right beside each other, were a cage alive with white mice (a euro each or six for the price of five) and a wall hanging of Princess Diana. You could also buy organic eggs or a ten-euro lunch.

I didn't buy any of these but I did come home with three soup bowls, a very pretty brooch, only slightly chipped and easily fixable, and an old tin to hold something or other. But the prize find was a book published in 1911 in Paris and printed on thick creamy stock with that slightly ragged edge that reveals the use of a paper knife. It's a small art course that tells you how to draw and colour the stylized designs of the time.

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