Life has been a little busy recently and it feels like ages since I had a lazy Sunday and the chance to hit a local brocante fair. These casual country fairs may no longer be reliable as sources for antiques, but they are always enjoyable, especially when they take place in a field, or by a river, which was the case this morning.
Most of our local villages hold one or two of these fairs each year. It is often organised by the village school as a fundraiser, or in aid of a local charity. The atmosphere is always relaxed, and you can find just about anything from antique silver, to a rabbit hutch, to fishing rods or tableware.
The truth today is that if you are wanting to buy great antiques or brocante then you have to know where the good fairs are held. The days of every small fair spilling over with paintings, baskets; textiles or furniture are more or less behind us, but it’s still worth turning up and hoping to find some treasure to carry home.
Some excellent fairs still survive and I’m happy to make the drive further afield to those once or twice in the year, but in the meantime these smaller fairs nearby are still great fun.
Here are some things I spotted at the fair this morning, is there anything that would have tempted you?
And if the idea of sourcing antiques and brocante in the countryside of Normandy appeals to you, then you may like to know that I have had a cancellation on my Brocante tour that runs from 20th – 25th September, so there is now just one space available. This will be the sixth edition of the tour, and as well as shopping at local dealers will also include a cooking class and a visit to a country fair and a big antiques fair in Paris. For more details please feel welcome to email me here.
Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, thank you for reading me!