What is a “vide grenier”? Well, if you like antiquing, stick around to watch today’s video.
@mollyjwilk and Francois are out in my region of Brittany/Bretagne, France, for the weekend, and we met up today to find some treasures at the local vide grenier.
Vides are sort of like garage sales. But instead of going from house to house, the entire community (some are professionals, others are locals clearing out their attics) come together in one location for a big sale.
The result is a real mix of used items, antiques, and collectibles. You can absolutely haggle on pricing, and be sure to bring cash. I often take my checkbook with me in case I find a large ticket item. Currently, I am on the hunt for a dining table for my country house and keep a running list of what I am looking for when I go to a vide.
You can download an application that shows all the vides by city (including Paris!), department, or region. I love this app because it even shows the address, dates, hours, how many vendors are there, if there is a theme, and sometimes even the event poster is uploaded. I try to avoid vides with themes that I am not interested in shopping, such as children’s toys and clothing. And I also look for pop-ups that are a single event or have a large number of vendors.
In today’s video, I share my finds from the vide grenier that Molly and I went to. I am working on a wall collection of French countryside paintings, and out here in Bretagne, the prices are SO reasonable.
Thanks again for being here. Happy Sunday, darlings, and wishing you all the best for the week ahead.
Bisous and big hugs from France,
🇫🇷 France 🇫🇷, forever.
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