A vintage birdcage and garden furniture are on display at the brocante and ham fair currently underway at Ile de la Chatou, near Paris.
Vintage handmade puppets.
The rather maniacal puppet at left reminds me of the shameful Republican antics currently threatening a government shutdown. The Party of No seems determined that millions of uninsured Americans won't gain access to affordable healthcare. Having failed 43 times to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, the divided party's ignorant and extremist faction is holding the government hostage - in defiance of the president, reason and simple human decency. If we "follow the money," it would appear the GOP's corporate puppet masters are worried about falling profit margins - once reasonably-priced health insurance becomes accessible to all Americans. (Who's the puppet? Who's the master? Racing headlong towards disaster.)
Elegant zinc weathervanes that once topped grand chateaus. I have two similar ones (and an urn-shaped zinc beauty was transformed into a lamp).
The brocante continues daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Chatou. Get your tickets at the gate. And don't forget to try Chatou's famous ham for lunch (and you can take ham and other regional favourites home with you). Stop by to say hello to my friend Blandine Bavoux at 8 rue de la Gaite. Her booth is bursting with fantastic kitchen collectibles. But if you can't get to Chatou in person, you can shop online at Blandine's Jolietrouvaille.
Take the train (ReR1 - direction Saint-Germain-en-Laye) to Chatou Croissy or Rueil Malmaison. Then follow the signs a few blocks to Ile de la Chatou. Bring cash and don't buy anything you can't carry - or arrange to be delivered to you in Paris. Most taxis at the train station won't take passengers to Paris - and if they do, it's an expensive ride! Best to take the train or arrange a car hire for the day. Hope you enjoy browsing one of France's best - and oldest - brocantes!