So, gentle readers, yesterday we learned about things you might see at a brocante. Today is a continuation, along with some handy tips:
1) take cash, it's easier to haggle.
2) try to keep in mind what you need, as opposed to what you want (which will be many things - not good when one is on a budget). I finally found the perfect wineglasses at this brocante (yes, after three months of making do with the martini glasses I told you about in Apartment, bitches) and restricted myself to those, but if I actually had money to spend? Dang!
3) if you are a reasonably youthful, moderately attractive female by yourself at a brocante, it may be that the female vendors will be snippy with you, and it may be that the male vendors will try to work some flirting into the haggling. At a previous brocante, I cheerfully bartered a kiss on the cheek for a few extra peacock feathers (hey, they're expensive!), but I drew the line this time when the guy got a little handsier than necessary when "helping" me try on a necklace. Just saying...
4) keep your eyes peeled - not only for the cool things around you, but also for people with strollers and tiny dogs - possibly not a tripping hazard for the likes of you, but for anyone as clumsy as Miss K, it's a damn minefield.
Just a few little tips from me to you, now on with the photos:
|The sign is cool enough, but WITH the wooden gorilla looking at it? Way cooler.|
|Zillions of teeny-tiny adorable doorknobs.|
|Not just books, but books with a big horned animal skull underneath. Awesome.|
|Arfully patinated chairs, cool vases, groovy old paintings, pop-art Marilyn AND a little wooden tiger. Couldn't love it more if I tried.|
|Love the jaunty sailor painting but REALLY love the totally over-it dog.|
|Funky tiled table, 4' tall inflatable phone, and freaky puppet head. No comment.|
|Very much liked this chest-of-drawers, but REALLY wanted the big metal cheetah. Ahhh, someday.|
|Do you see it, at the back, beside the teacups? A KNIGHT'S HELMET!!! By the teacups! So. Damn. Cool.|
|I like these guys, just chillin'.|
|Putting the giant lion's head on top of the Union Jack stool? Genius. And please note the adorable little dog top of the photo just for added cuteness.|
|FINALLY! I can drink wine like a civilized person again - from my €2 glasses, which are crystal, no less! Worth the wait...|