First, though, let's take a little walk along the cobble-stoned streets and alley ways as we search for our first antiques shop. This is the path Kathy and I took for several mornings as we went in search of the old, the fabulous, and the quintessentially French. The walk is so enjoyable we almost...almost!...forgot about shopping. Enjoy the walk with us.....
|Let's stop for a quick cafe au lait and croissant, shall we?|
Okay, now back to the task at hand...shopping! Our first stop, Cour Interieure...
|Cour Interieure on rue Joseph Vernet and worth the walk from Centre Avignon|
|An old dressmaker's table and an assortment of choice little objects|
|The dried botanicals are set on old French documents. Almost everything in this shop is at least 19th century and in excellent condition.|
|A charming child's mesh garden bench in the courtyard. Asking price: 80EU.|
|Vignette in the shop window. Kathy Morris scooped up that little iron stool before I had a chance to say "First Dibs!"|
The next day, we visited the weekly antiques market across the Rhone in Villeneuve-les- Avignon. The many dealers here start setting up around 5am, buyers start arriving at 7am, and a lot of things are gone by 10am, so rise and shine early. However, we noticed that many dealers continued pulling stock out of their vans as customers grab up the goodies. This is a must market if you're seeking charming old paintings, porcelain, pottery, linens and the like. It is not a market for the serious collector of fine French furniture and objects, although there were a few dealers there with some great 18th century items and prices were commensurate.
|A typical array of items at the market, all nicely set out on the ground|
|Pillows made of antique fabrics|
|Iron baby bed filled to over flowing with old watering cans|
Almost worth building an entire bathroom around!!