“Vide Grenier”….. we’ve seen handwritten signs announcing this on all of our recent drives through the area so I finally looked it up in my trusted Berlitz dictionary.…. “Empty Attic”????
Sounds like a garage sale!
There was a Vide Grenier in Le Somail today….the small town just a 15 minute walk away….if you could walk to it….which I can’t…..so, after breakfast, we drove over thinking we’d find a garage sale or two…..maybe the town square would have a few tables set-up. Were we ever in for a surprise!
As soon as we crossed the bridge on the main road ….way before you even enter the town, there were cars parked on both sides of the road and then along every side street leading into town. I haven’t seen this many cars in one place since we left Paris!
The main streets of the town and the tow paths on both sides of the canal were closed to traffic. Hundreds….maybe thousands….of tables were set-up….each table holding a family’s no-longer-needed treasures. There were more tables than there were townspeople in this small hamlet. Thank God we chose Le Somail for our first Vide Grenier……we wouldn’t have survived had we started in a larger village.
As we wandered up and down the roads and paths, searching for things we could use in the cottage, we would have liked to have haggled on the prices a bit but, without a quick and easy knowledge of any numbers above ten, we were at a distinct bartering disadvantage. Our conversations with the Vide Greniers went something like this:
Combien ça coûte? (How much is it?)…….
Fortunately for us, the Vide Grenier’s were fair in their prices. Two wine racks, a basket and one very tired leg later, we went home for lunch and a well-deserved nap.
Bon appétit et bonne nuit…..