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Vide-grenier

On Sunday we went to a vide-grenier - which means something like 'empty your attic' in other words a car boot sale.
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What is the best thing you have ever bought at a car boot sale (or vide-grenier)?

Mine is this: (in comments) also bought here in France. He cost 2!

Posted at 16th Sep 2010 - 11:27AM   Posted by Arosebyanyothername   Vide-grenier Comments: 10

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar He is a Beech Marten - called, of course, Martin and he now lives on the mantleshelf.

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Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 16th Sep 2010 at 11:29AM

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Toady's Avatar From vide greniers I bought a fabulous scratch made wonky legged ktchen table - sadly left behind. A copper jam pan, numerous plates, a hand made pitch fork - no idea where that is now, and loads of other stuff.

Posted by: Toady on 16th Sep 2010 at 11:46AM

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Exmoorjane's Avatar Cor, wish we could buy swords at car boot sales here - instead it's all manky smelly clothes and soggy paperbacks.
Love Martin btw.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 16th Sep 2010 at 12:25PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar A little model of an AGA in some kind of heavy metal and a bit of polished drift wood.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 16th Sep 2010 at 01:32PM

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Fennie's Avatar Not at a vide-grenier but at a bric-a-brac which is almost the same thing I bought an elegant Pierre Cardin serge wool blazer with brass buttons. Must have been twenty years ago, but I wear it all the time. Incredible cost per wear value as it was only a few francs.

Posted by: Fennie on 16th Sep 2010 at 02:10PM

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Ivy's Avatar Glad to see that other people, like Jane, make the same experience at car boot sales as I do. Ia m always dreaming of some hidden treasures and all you get is faded baby clothes that were trashy when bought from the shops and didn't improve over the years.

Posted by: Ivy on 16th Sep 2010 at 04:01PM

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Salle de Bain's Avatar A pair of navy blue Russell & Bromley boots was my best buy from a car boot sale (back in the early 90's) and I got a lot of wear out of them...cost me 5.

In recent times, one of those funny old fashioned retro larder cupboards that our grandmother's used to have. I got it for free, as no-one wanted it and the vendor didn't want to take it home. Cleaned and painted it looks great in the utility room, and has this fab drop down flap with a cool enamel surface...so practical.

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 16th Sep 2010 at 04:57PM

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Faith's Avatar Love car boots and jumble sales! Just recently I rummaged in someone's 10p box and bought 8 copper jelly moulds - so 80p. I sold 6 of them, together, for over 12 on ebay - they were ok but not very special, just from Portugal. The other two were genuine Victorian gorgeous little things - we cleaned them up and so coppery, with a swirl design on one and a flower on the other.

Not a car boot, but like a virtual one! I bought a doll off ebay for 3 and sold her on ebay for 43 earlier this year. And another doll I bought at a jumble sale for 20p and sold her on ebay for 48.

Mind you I do have time to do these things, and I do have an eye for the things I know about. Trying to remember some of the other bargains this year ..... but of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the mostLaughing

Adore Martin, Rosie.

Posted by: Faith on 16th Sep 2010 at 06:27PM

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Frances's Avatar In New York, we used to have flea markets that really did unearth treasures.

Well, the real estate market in this city has now turned most of those flea market spaces into huge apartment buildings. When the city's economy heated up in certain neighborhoods, the prospects of finding treasures just evaporated.

There were always too many educated sharpened eyes around NYC who would easily scoop up any treasures, back when treasures were around.

Guess that is why I now focus on farmers markets and look for treasure amongst the peaches, apples, berries, lettuces, tomatoes, green veg, herbs and flowers.

Oh, what was that question? Think my only flea market treasure was a beautiful little Minton plate.

Posted by: Frances on 17th Sep 2010 at 12:38AM

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Mountainear's Avatar Love the idea of car boots - the optimist in me always expects to find treasure for pennies. The reality of course is usually plastic toys, old clothes and 80's tat.

Posted by: Mountainear on 17th Sep 2010 at 08:42AM

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