At the French Flea Market

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Hi there,
I am here to announce a very special episode in my series of lucky thrifty finds. Here is, directly from the heart of France, an impression of thrifting at the French flea market, or vide Greniers (empty attic) as they are called here.
Hallo allemaal, deze keer blog ik vanuit zonnig Frankrijk. Wij bevinden ons in de Provence en dat geeft mij dus de gelegenheid jullie een blik te gunnen op de Vide Greniers (lege zolders), oftewel hoe het is om de Franse vlooienmarkten te bezoeken. Hieronder zien jullie een paar typische beelden van wat je zoal op die marktjes tegenkomt. En op het einde van deze post laat ik jullie in ieder geval een van mijn aankopen zien.

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We have been in France for a week now, and almost every day we have seen a little market somewhere. Some of them really are only a few tables with some old stuff, others fill up a whole market square with collectibles and junk happily mixed together

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Funny thing is I have been hunting these flea markets all over the country side, but the best ones turned out to be the ones we stumbled unto by accident.

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Here are some things you will typically find here.

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We have seen many of these old sewing tables with singer sewing machines. If I only had the room, I just adore them as a little side table (without the sewing machine of course).

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Of course there is always a wide selection of China. Both of the delicate porcelain kind and of the more robust farmers pottery.

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If you need a new bed, you will have lots of choice. Very often you will see wooden double beds, but I really liked this metal children’s bed, I think it is just the right amount of frilly (not very much).

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Of course there is garden furniture, although this particular set wasn’t really a bargain.

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And we have seen horses, donkeys, giraffes and this little lamb. Isn’t it adorable.

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Of course there is always a stall with the famous French linens. I am a little disappointed about those though, the quality is often not as good as I would like, but the prices are still very high. So I guess it is a case of admire and walk on.

So what did I buy? I can’t show you everything because some of my finds will be presents, but I can show you my new girlfriend.

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Tada! An original Paris dressform. She has had a rough life and will need some TLC when we get home. But when I spotted her, I couldn’t leave her behind.

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I love the little numbers in her neck.

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And through the damage you can still see, she used to live in Paris.

Ik heb allemaal kleine ditjes en datjes gekocht die ik hier niet kan laten zien omdat er nogal wat cadeautjes bijzitten. Maar ik kan jullie wel voorstellen aan mijn nieuwe huisgenootje. Ik kwam deze , beschadigde maar toch prachtige paspop tegen op een uithoekje van de markt. En voor € 15 kon ik haar toch echt niet achterlaten.

Now tell me could you have left her behind, for € 15,- ($20,-)?

 

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  1. Lori says

    Marianne, it looks beautiful there…the field of lavender is just stunning…the market looks amazing, so many goodies to choose from…i LOVE your dress form girl…a little tattering is desired, i think…it shows that she lead a fruitful life…how nice that you found one with a paris stencil, that surely was a wonderful find!!!

  2. Lori says

    Marianne, it looks beautiful there…the field of lavender is just stunning…the market looks amazing, so many goodies to choose from…i LOVE your dress form girl…a little tattering is desired, i think…it shows that she lead a fruitful life…how nice that you found one with a paris stencil, that surely was a wonderful find!!!

  3. vosges paris says

    ohh wat zou ik daar graag eens rond lopen, lucky you 😉 je hebt leuke foto's gemaakt, bedankt voor t posten!

  4. vosges paris says

    ohh wat zou ik daar graag eens rond lopen, lucky you 😉 je hebt leuke foto's gemaakt, bedankt voor t posten!

  5. Blue Creek Home says

    Oh my!!! This gives a whole new meaning to flea markets. And no, I could not have left the Parisian dressform either.
    Rhonda

  6. Blue Creek Home says

    Oh my!!! This gives a whole new meaning to flea markets. And no, I could not have left the Parisian dressform either.
    Rhonda

  7. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    Oh, I am so jealous of your new dress form. She is tres jolie! :) Visiting from Rhoda's party!

  8. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    Oh, I am so jealous of your new dress form. She is tres jolie! :) Visiting from Rhoda's party!

  9. Sue says

    That vintage dress form is to die for!!! I want a sewing cabinet, too, but I definitely want the machine, as well! :-) Sue

  10. Sue says

    That vintage dress form is to die for!!! I want a sewing cabinet, too, but I definitely want the machine, as well! :-) Sue

  11. Nicole @ BugaBoos says

    What great pictures and I ammmmm soooo very jealous of that dressform!!! It is amaaaazing!! Awesome find!

  12. Nicole @ BugaBoos says

    What great pictures and I ammmmm soooo very jealous of that dressform!!! It is amaaaazing!! Awesome find!

  13. Princess Of Pink says

    Nou maar dat is een koopje geweest!! 15 euro, daar had ik haar ook NOOIT voor laten staan.
    mooie foto';s en wat een schitterende omgeving! Ja die kleine marktjes zijn vaak het mooiste om te zien. Nog niet zo toeristisch.

    Groetjes…

  14. Princess Of Pink says

    Nou maar dat is een koopje geweest!! 15 euro, daar had ik haar ook NOOIT voor laten staan.
    mooie foto';s en wat een schitterende omgeving! Ja die kleine marktjes zijn vaak het mooiste om te zien. Nog niet zo toeristisch.

    Groetjes…

  15. Rose Garden Romantic says

    I love her! What a fabulous find and great bargain! I want a dress form so badly!!
    Michelle

  16. Rose Garden Romantic says

    I love her! What a fabulous find and great bargain! I want a dress form so badly!!
    Michelle

  17. anu says

    Oh my!!! What a great places it's so sad that in Finland there is nothing like those kind of markets!well here is somekind of but the material in those is so different!
    your so lucky!
    and she's so wonderful!i wouldn't have left it behind!

  18. anu says

    Oh my!!! What a great places it's so sad that in Finland there is nothing like those kind of markets!well here is somekind of but the material in those is so different!
    your so lucky!
    and she's so wonderful!i wouldn't have left it behind!

  19. Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training says

    The flea market looks like heaven! I love your new friend too, she is lovely

    Stop by my blog to read my most recent “funny” Goodwill story and share one that you may have. I’m going to compile them and post them all together for everyone to enjoy!

    Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training

  20. Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training says

    The flea market looks like heaven! I love your new friend too, she is lovely

    Stop by my blog to read my most recent “funny” Goodwill story and share one that you may have. I’m going to compile them and post them all together for everyone to enjoy!

    Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training

  21. ~~Carol~~ says

    Looks like you are having a great time! My question is: what will you name your dressform? She has to have a name!

  22. ~~Carol~~ says

    Looks like you are having a great time! My question is: what will you name your dressform? She has to have a name!

  23. Marie says

    Hello Marianne – oh my, I'm loving your new girlfriend! That dress form is so fabulous. I would have snatcher her up too! I think it was a great deal too. Can't wait to see what you do with her!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

  24. Marie says

    Hello Marianne – oh my, I'm loving your new girlfriend! That dress form is so fabulous. I would have snatcher her up too! I think it was a great deal too. Can't wait to see what you do with her!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

  25. Cass @ That Old House says

    Thank you so much for taking me with you on this trip through a French flea market! It was such fun … and I would have loved to see the linens, even though they were a disappointment. That garden set of table and chairs was glorious!

    LOVE the dress form… glad you made a new friend! :-)

    Cass

  26. Cass @ That Old House says

    Thank you so much for taking me with you on this trip through a French flea market! It was such fun … and I would have loved to see the linens, even though they were a disappointment. That garden set of table and chairs was glorious!

    LOVE the dress form… glad you made a new friend! :-)

    Cass

  27. Natasha Burns says

    oh wow your new dress form is WONDERFUL and a great bargain! I love the flea market photos you've shared with us!

    So glad you're going to join me in the REVAMP IT challenge! Thanks so much, can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

  28. Natasha Burns says

    oh wow your new dress form is WONDERFUL and a great bargain! I love the flea market photos you've shared with us!

    So glad you're going to join me in the REVAMP IT challenge! Thanks so much, can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

  29. Bellavien says

    Prachtige fotos hoor, dat is nou genieten, Ik zou best even een dagje willen wandelen daar over de Flea hihi… en dan maar hopen dat alles in de auto past!

    Groetjes uit Zweden.

  30. Bellavien says

    Prachtige fotos hoor, dat is nou genieten, Ik zou best even een dagje willen wandelen daar over de Flea hihi… en dan maar hopen dat alles in de auto past!

    Groetjes uit Zweden.

  31. LiLi M. says

    Oooh geweldig! Nou jullie hebben me daar toch een ideale vakantie, vind ik, mijn man zou daar anders over denken…Heerlijk zo te struinen over zo'n gezellige franse rommelmarkt. Natuurlijk had ik die buste ook dolgraag willen kopen, wat dacht jij dan! Een koopje! Veel plezier met al je aanwinsten, geniet nog van een heerlijke vakantie, dat zijn wij hier ook aan het doen, tot nog toe in eigen land, ook niet verkeerd! Goede reis en wel thuis!

  32. LiLi M. says

    Oooh geweldig! Nou jullie hebben me daar toch een ideale vakantie, vind ik, mijn man zou daar anders over denken…Heerlijk zo te struinen over zo'n gezellige franse rommelmarkt. Natuurlijk had ik die buste ook dolgraag willen kopen, wat dacht jij dan! Een koopje! Veel plezier met al je aanwinsten, geniet nog van een heerlijke vakantie, dat zijn wij hier ook aan het doen, tot nog toe in eigen land, ook niet verkeerd! Goede reis en wel thuis!

  33. Marianne says

    Bedankt voor de mooie foto's. Ik zie dat je geniet! Ik zou haar ook niet achter gelaten hebben. Al zou ik niet weten waar ik haar moest laten. Ik ben benieuwd wat je met haar gaat doen. Nog heel veel plezier.

  34. Marianne says

    Bedankt voor de mooie foto's. Ik zie dat je geniet! Ik zou haar ook niet achter gelaten hebben. Al zou ik niet weten waar ik haar moest laten. Ik ben benieuwd wat je met haar gaat doen. Nog heel veel plezier.

  35. Stephenie says

    OH Wow!!! What a beautiful post..There is just so much eye candy to look at… Hope all is well..
    Stephenie

  36. Stephenie says

    OH Wow!!! What a beautiful post..There is just so much eye candy to look at… Hope all is well..
    Stephenie