Gone brocanting

Sunday morning and the monthly brocante market was on in Valbonne. We strolled around pausing to look at gilt mirrors, candlesticks and more. Letad found an ornate brass candlestick for an alcove and I resisted the Planet of the Apes coat, a strange fur and leather hybrid.

After brocanting we drove to Mougins, an incredibly picturesque village perched on top of a hill with incredible views of the surrounding snow capped mountains. After a sweet hot chocolate we set off back to Valbonne to see if my theory about the oven was right (I haven’t been proven wrong yet) and then all too soon, it was time to head back to the airport as weekends are far too short.

This week promises to be interesting as I start my new job on Thursday and I suspect it might be a shock to the system…

One man’s crap…

After lunch we headed off in search of brocante and saw a sign to a vides-grenier which is basically a car boot sale near Antibes (http://vide-greniers.org). At first it looked like the same old clothes, chipped pottery and old shoes but suddenly Letad spotted a stall selling furniture and there, lurking in the background were some lovely big mirrors.

One thing the French do well are big gilt mirrors and we’d been keeping an eye open while perusing the piles of less desirable crap.

And so, as luck would have it, the prices were good and we really felt we got a bargain… 25 euros for a massive mirror which will fit nicely in the soon-to-be-finished kitchen/living/dining room. And of course, there was another big mirror which could be painted, so we bought that too.

Hmm, a convertible Mini can be useful

Wandering on, we came across a lovely big bottle of green glass. Used for storing wine, there are a lot of these around but this one was particularly nice and as I have an ongoing passion for glass, it was impossible not to buy it (a mere 18 euros) but given it’s enormous size, it certainly won’t be fitting in my suitcase so is destined to live in my French home.

The big green bottle


We drove home carefully with two enormous mirrors threatening to decapitate us at any minute, luckily no damage was done and we all made it home in one piece.

Threatening death

And then I washed the enormous and very fabulous glass ball in the bath which was quite a challenge in itself but job done, it looked amazing. 

Shown at actual size

Bargain shopping!