Transforming a beautiful old French holiday home sometimes requires a lot of patience and some persistent bargain hunting. Luckily there is no shortage of markets and garage sales around France that you can plunder to kit out your new des res.
Our magical transformation is in that lovely stage where the yeast is working, the bread has been crafted using carefully considered ingredients, and we can only imagine the smell and taste after it bakes in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Sourcing French Furniture
Now, picture yourself arriving at our lovely le Muguet property near Uzes, roughly 10 days ago, with instructions to Arcardio, le chat, to stay out of gutter pipes and to behave property whilst in Vers Pont du Gard! Faced with about two weeks to craft the needed structural work and locate the essential furniture pieces, what happens first?
I offered Dan and Francesco a pretty good list of local resources to call upon near Uzes – my painter friend Christian and his wife Cathy, nearby Sophie who lives around the corner from our house, the name of a reliable cleaning woman, and a referral to Elizabeth Lallemand, the proprietor of local BnB Maison de la Bourgade and a person with an exquisite eye for decor.
Flea Market Season
Meanwhile the word on the street was that Easter season was THE flea market season of the year! Dan had come prepared with a list of all Vide Greniers (day long garage sales with folks emptying their attics) and Brocantes (similar to an antique store but with lesser value items) and Marche Aux Puces (French flea markets) located within 100 km of our Vers house.
These attract some serious bargain hunters. Here’s a little about these markets, taken from the January issue of French Property News:
Where are your favourite places to shop for antiques in France?