|The Vide Grenier at les Arcs-sur-Argens.|
The summer months in Les Arcs-sur-Argens are hot, dry and dusty, but the warm summer nights with music and dancing in the street make the days worthwhile.
Another way to counteract the heat is just to ignore it.
|Musical instruments to haggle over.|
So once a month we walk out to the edge of town – near the ‘Rond point deux chypres’ - the roundabout on the way to ‘La chapelle de Sainte Roseline’ (which has more than two cypress pines, by the way) – where the huge Vide grenier is held.
Now a ‘Vide Grenier’ – literally ‘empty attic’ is like a car boot sale. People figuratively clean out their attics and unwanted, but still saleable good are spread out on rugs, tables, tarpaulins and sold for incredibly cheap prices.
It’s the best way to furnish a house.
It’s also the best way to over-fill your suitcase for the journey home.
For me, it is almost impossible to resist buying something – and I have to be very disciplined not to buy everything that takes my eye – whether I have a use for it or not.
Most towns throughout France stage Vide greniers from time-to-time and if you have a chance to go to one, please do.
You can browse for hours.
Sometimes you will find real treasures. Other times you will come home with an item and wonder what on earth you were thinking.
I imagine that feeling is the same the world over.
The Vide Grenier at Les Arcs-sur-Argens is dotted around an enormous paddock with rows and rows of good laid out for browsing.
It's located at the roundabout - the junction of roads that take you to Draguignan in the north, south to the N7 (route nationale) and east (past Sainte-Roseline) towards La Motte.
It gets full of people and cars very early so we tend to walk out from the town - a kilometre or so, but remember to bring large shopping bags for the inevitable purchases!
|Something to decorate the house and garden.|
The view is amazing towards the blue outlines of Les Maures to the south. The traders are fun, cheeky and expect you to haggle.
|Pumpkins - for decoration only.|
|Rows and rows of goods laid out for you to bargain for.|