Antiquing In France
One of my favourite things to do in France is hit the Sunday morning antiques fair, or brocantes as they call them. It involves a pleasant country drive to the neighbouring village or town and a lot of restraint to not buy up everything that catches my eye! That said, in recent years I’ve become more selective and less impulsive with my shopping.
I kept my purchases to a minimum, which somehow makes them more special. Find of the day: 10 pastis glasses for 4 euros (that’s approximately $5 Canadian). I love their small size, heavy base and the fact that they’re not all the same. I don’t drink pastis, but I do love celebratory bubbles and these make great flutes!
I think I overpaid for this picture frame, though I did knock 2 euros off the price. I like the “easel” style of it — the tarnished brass ball feet and a simple piece of thick bevelled glass. Someone needs to revive this design and start selling them here.
And for me, this Agatha ring — only 2 euros! Looking at the Agatha website (the line isn’t sold in stores here), I think the original price could have been around 100 to 150 euros. Every purchase can’t be for the home!
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