In browsing through my photos of flea market treasures, I’m reminded of what an adventure the vide greniers (flea markets) are for us. All week we scour the papers for Sunday markets in the area to figure out which ones might be the best.
On Sunday, vide grenier day, we get up very early to drive through fields still veiled in early morning mist to some sleepy village hidden deep in the countryside. When we arrive, there are already many cars parked in the pasture converted to a parking lot. The thrifty French love the markets as much as we do. It’s where they find clothes, cook ware, childrens toys, tools and more.
We rummage through heaps of plastic toys and old clothes in search of inspiring odds and ends to bring back to the studio. A vide grenier is heaven for mixed media assemblage artists and was a godsend for me when I was furnishing La Cascade. As a mixed media collage artist, I’m always on the lookout for old student copy books, vintage maps and official documents written in a notaire’s elegant script. Everyone finds a few wonderful things to work with or bring home and some manage to fill a suitcase with vide grenier treasures.