Regular readers will know I do love a good rummage at a local carboot sale whenever I get the opportunity. Those of you who live in the US, the UK or Australia often have thrift shops or charity shops nearby, where you can enjoy a rummage, if that’s your idea of fun too. Sadly, in France, that kind of shop simply doesn’t exist, apart from Emmaus (founded by Abbé Pierre) but you don’t find an Emmaus in/near every town. So basically, if you’re looking for second-hand bargains in France, apart from the usual on-line auction sites (where you have to add on p&p costs), you have to wait for carboot season, which is generally during the summer months.
Anyhow . . . the husband and I got up at the crack of dawn a couple of Sundays in July and headed off to a few local carboot sales where we both spent some pennies and came home with a few goodies. My haul as follows.
Three paperback books (1€ each) by the author Meg Cabot. I’ve never read any of her books before but the covers tell me they’re definitely “chick lit” and are going to be light-reading. Titles are: “Size 12 is not fat”, “Size 14 is not fat either” and “Big Boned”. I’ll do a book review at some point once I’ve had time to read all three.
I also found one cute ragdoll, in pretty good condition, one cloth baby book and a very vintage Burda pattern. Couldn’t resist any of the above, which totalled 1.50€ in cost.
Very pleased to spot a wooden kokeshi doll (1€) which measures 24cm tall. Don’t often see kokeshi dolls at carboot sales in France so when I do, I tend to grab.
The other items there are always lots of . . . baby clothes. Now, with my reborn & vinyl baby dolls, I’m supposed to be knitting, crocheting or sewing new outfits, but honestly, with people selling pristine baby clothes for peanuts, it’s hard not to grab a few items of clothing for dolls.
These last two, hand-knitted, probably by some clever grandma . . . and so very well knitted too!
And, while I’m not supposed to be sharing doll photos here . . .
just one for the road.
A perfect fit!