Brocante is French for flea market. Have you ever visited one?

I’m back in Sweden and hey, it’s Tuesday! So here is a self portrait of me from this summer in France:

Self portrait

I took it at a brocante in Ardeche, France. Brocante is French for flea market, and it’s a new word for me. But this flea market was more of a beautiful exhibition and antique fair to me, than good finds and bargains. But I love eye candy as well as cheap finds, so it was a great day.

There were sun, lots of old stuff to admire, and I did not leave empty handed. Phew…

Brocante Inspiration

A whole box of old school stamps with small and cute motives: a tent, a wine farmer, a tree, a window and three different little family like this one below:

So cute!


I got this ampersand sign (&) carved in wood for 1 Euro!

I found it digging in big box full of different type faces. I loved them all, but could only bring my self to buy one, since I didn’t know what they are for and what I could use it in… Now I wish I had bought more. Imagine these in a shrine?!

Brocante find - the ampersand block
Here is my little &-thing photographed with some of my mothers flower arrangements. I will put the & in my book shelf when I get home.

If you would like to see my picture’s from this days brocante you can visit flickr and see them as a photo album or a slide show!

This flea market was the only one I could locate while in France, where did they hide all their second hand (cheap) goodies in France? Not a flea market loppis anywhere in sight, and believe me, I did look for one.

9 Responses

  1. hi hanna, nice to see you’re back.

    That wood piece may have been an old piece of type for some kind of a letterpress. Type was mostly cast in metal but occasionally larger pieces might be made of wood. That’s my theory, anyway.

  2. What great finds! This is the sort of stuff that always gets me in trouble. When I find things that I think I might never see again, then I have to buy them.

  3. What you should have been looking for is a marche aux puces. That’s a fleamarket. Literally. But you did find some good stuff. And great photography material, too.

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