So What Is A Vide Grenier Anyway?

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What is a vide grenier I hear you ask?

Well in a word it is France’s answer to the car boot sale in the UK, it is an event that takes place all throughout the summer at any town worth its salt – in turn of course because you can’t have them all on the same day, way too much competition.

But this is not like the British car boot sale where you are committed to a cold damp field on the outskirts of a town or village and have to trudge through the mud at 9 o’clock in the morning to get anything worth having because by 9.30 anything that was worth having has gone.

No this is the ‘vide grenier‘ which actually means, when literally translated, ’empty attic’ but in translation becomes an attic sale and is primarily for the sale of antiques or ‘brocante‘ as the French call it.

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