I know that some of you like to see what little gems of battered and rusty old stuff I have acquired, so here is a selection of recent purchases. Sadly brocantes as such are not happening in our area at the moment - but house sales - called vide maison - are.
This old stoneware pot came from a vide maison the other week. I'm not sure what it is except that it's like a very oversized mug. I'm sure I'll think of something to put in it.
We bought this cast iron "crown" at the brocante at La Celle-Guenand two years ago. I had no idea what I would do with it but couldn't resist and it finally made an appearance this year as a table ornament to enhance a citronella candle. Why didn't I think of that before?
This lovely old oak step ladder was also acquired on the day of the recent vide maison. As a fairly recent purchase I have yet to decide it's ultimate purpose.
Another vide maison pair. They are measuring vessels with a slot to hang on the wall and a hose for releasing a measured item of some kind of liquid. Other than that I don't know what they are for but I'm sure someone out there will be able to enlighten me!
I found this lovely candelabra at the brocante at Buxeuil last year (or maybe the year before). It makes a pretty addition to our outside dining when the days are shorter and we find ourselves outdoors, listening to the deer, the owls and the crickets.
I don't know what this is but I have two of them - a fruit bowl perhaps. The other one is a slightly different design and I use it as a water bath for the birds by placing a dish of fresh water in it and balancing it on an old tree stump. I usually put a large citronella candle in this one.
This little brass pot came from a brocante shop. They are open even though the brocantes are not.
This lovely old recipe book from the 1950's perhaps, had several additional items tucked inside.
I love this oil painting and its battered old frame. Well worth the five euros at a vide maison last year.
(Apologies if some of these items have appeared in the blog before!)