Saturday brocante at the place in Saint-Hippolyte. Perhaps 50 dealers, with their tables ringing the square. They have set up early, the bustle floating through the leaves of the plane trees, and in the third-story windows. Cool morning air, and the dealers nurse a drink at the bar in the café.
Sometimes the pickings are slim. Worn children's clothing and old plastic toys. Video cassette recordings of movies you never wished to see. Tacky ornaments that are hideous in any language.
There are those days.
But now and then, it's a different story. Stacks of handwritten books and music. Yards of lace and jet buttons. Café chairs. Rusty keys. Old calendars with tissue thin onion skin pages. Silver toast racks. Grey mattress ticking with red stripes.
Two bundles of Lisette, a serial newsprint magazine for girls, from the 1930s. Each issue is 7½" x 11½", and has 8 pages (16 sides). The covers are in colour, and the inside pages are filled with articles, stories, cartoons, puzzles, patterns, etc. Also some great old advertisements.
Multiple issues available, and each is unique. $5 per issue.