An elaborate feathered headdress on an Italian bust Friday, opening day at 75th Foire Nationale aux Antiquites a la Brocante et aux Jambons at Chatou. Notice the vendor with his back to the camera chatting on his mobile phone. Particularly when it's raining, there's not much for vendors to do while waiting for customers.
It rained to the point that more moss must have formed on this stone cherub. Despite our umbrellas, we were drenched by the nearly continuous rain.
Anything out in the open, including these red train cars and toy cars, was soaked.
Even the "Pork Floyd" pig had rivulets of water running down his face. This photo was taken in between raindrops.
This 1940s metal industrial table and seats was collecting puddles and rust, adding character to its already aged patina.
This is the lovely Julie Isore, proprietor of Agape Deco, my favourite local antiques shop. Julie always has unique, interesting and often quirky items for sale. She also has a great eye and flair for interior design. Agape has been featured in several French magazines, as well as a Paris television program about stylish interiors.
A boat's life preserver and four "banquette de cinema" or theatre seats at Agape's venue at Chatou. A zinc window casing and enamel lamp are also pictured. I took several photos of Agape's vignettes and will post more in the days to come.
A wooden chest with multi-coloured drawers and a desk with its interior painted Hermes orange.
Di of Designers' Block UK - who by coincidence was wearing an orange Hermes scarf - admires fabric trim at Blandine Bavoux's Jolie Trouvaille. Di will write about her adventures in buying items to use in her Ghost Furniture line.
Children's "bear chairs" at Jolie Trouvaille. More photos of Blandine's kitchen collectibles for sale will follow.
With this home-based brewery, you could concoct your own beer.
Copper pots and 19th-century stoves in good working order.
Rel's wife Diane checks out a 19th-century icebox. And what was Rel (Under the Microscope) doing? Trying his very best to be patient with three women intent on shopping, no matter how hard it was raining! Rel and Diane left Paris this morning. No doubt Rel will soon be blogging about his experiences in Paris and in the South of France.
I like the "Genie" sign. But where's that magic lamp when we need it? The orange plastic chairs from the '60s are fashionable once again in modernist decor - and they're virtually rainproof!
A zinc watering can filled with wooden tulips beneath a large plastic tarp, which failed to keep the rain at bay.
A hand-inlaid mandolin for Vanessa Valencia set against a stained-glass panel.
A 19th-century gothic door, rather the worse for the damp.
A 1950s red chair, captain's wheel, assorted grillwork and a zinc bottle dryer left to the mercy of the elements.
By the time the day ended, this sailboat was holding water. I'll be returning to Chatou on Monday, it is hoped in better weather. On Sunday, I'm going to a twice-annual brocante in my neighbourhood. Stop by later for more photos! Hope you're enjoying your weekend.