This weekend friends of ours invited us to join them at a local brocante in the lovely town of Aunay-sur-Odon in Norrnandy, which incidentally is the local town to their chateaux! We have been to brocantes before but nothing prepared us for the number of vendors and the volume of people. It was a lovely sunny morning, albeit with an autumnal chill in the air, but this had in no way deterred the delighted bargain hunters.
Brocantes in France are very interesting; as well as regular vendors who scour the countryside for items to resell, you find people who are moving, downsizing, getting rid of superfluous items they’ve been hoarding for years, selling outgrown children’s clothing OR selling items from their Grandmother’s attic – and these are the interesting ones! These vendors are not in business to make a profit, they are there simply to make treasure hunters happy!
We found a really lovely lady who appeared to be in her 70s and she was selling items that belonged to her Grandmother who was born and lived in Caen, so vintage items. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have found some beautiful pieces. The [amateur] photo above shows the beautiful bone china cups and saucers which we acquired, set of 6 in perfect condition.
If you’re looking for châteaux chic items to decorate your home à la Angel Strawbridge and like the homes you see on Escape to the Château DIY, then please bookmark this page as we’ll be adding items regularly and it will be “first come first served” for the amazing pieces we will discover at the brocantes in Normandy.