Monday, 22 September 2014

Final Boot Sale of the Year (for us).


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Always around 21st-22nd of September, the lovely little nearby village of Prats du Périgord holds its annual Boot Sale.

It's one of those sales where all the locals bring out their junk and sell from their front gardens; well some of them do.

As usual there were piles of old clothes, plastic toys, and cracked china. It's rare that we buy anything at Prats, but we go there anyway as it's usually the last of the year, and it was also a perfect morning.

I bought a bag of big fat Hazelnuts (mine have been useless this year), and a small Masonic box (possibly either a lady's powder box or a cufflink box).

Some of the nuts (€2) will be sown in compost, and the emerging baby trees planted out somewhere, and the box (€1) will be used to store stamps. Not a bad morning's work.  

Below is the beautiful medieval church, which is right in the center of Prats du Périgord; nice eh?


The small Masonic box has proved to be solid silver, and has cleaned-up quite nicely. Not bad for €1 (80p); it looks a bit like a Masonic bicycle bell.




28 comments:

  1. Every thing is so beautiful there. do you collect stamps? or the box is for new stamps.

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    1. I was thinking of new stamps, but in fact they come on large sheets nowadays, and wouldn't fit. Maybe it could be used for Lady Magnon's earrings instead.

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    1. The Hazelnuts are delicious, they always remind me of Lane End.

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  3. What a stunning Church. Great finds, well done x

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  4. You must have an eagle eye when browsing Cro...well done.

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  5. From the tv programmes I have seen masonic stuff always sells well at auctions. Good find and hasn't it come up well. I can imagine Rapunzel letting down her hair from that church turret!

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    1. I'm not sure if the lady who sold it to me even knew what it represented; probably not.

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  6. Our boots are coming to an end also. The dog will be most disappointed. She gets very excited when she realises where we're going and has lots of fuss made of her when we're there.
    The masonic tin is lovely. Great find.

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    1. We don't dare take our two to sales; bulls in china shops....

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  7. If you ever fall on hard times, then that masonic box would fetch a good price on ebay - especially being solid silver.

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  8. I always admire the church when we drive through Prats. Must stop there one day and have a closer look.

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  9. It's really quite a chic little village, with some very nice houses all circling the church. The church itself has a beautiful painted wood altar thing in a side chapel (on right).

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  10. What a beautiful church. We have a few beauties in our town, too but nothing quite so grand. I would have chosen that box, too. Have a nice Monday, Cro. Deb

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    1. The village probably has a max of 150 residents. For that amount of people it's quite a church.

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  11. Boot sales (or garage sales, as they are called here) are a great way to clear out one's home and for others to fill them up. You chose wisely.

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  12. I know, I know, with all the clutter we have in the house, we should be selling, NOT buying.

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  13. It is lovely indeed, as for the Hazelnuts, I'm afraid I would have eaten them before anything could be done with them.

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  14. It DOES look like a bicycle bell.

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  15. You have all the luck with that Masonic box Cro!

    I like the nut idea - we have gathered ours from the hedges in our pasture and they are nothing to write home about. If I shell them and sow them in compost should I leave them out over Winter or do they need to be indoors? I would be rather nice to have a whole hedge of hazels rather than a tree here and there.

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    1. I've just put a few whole ones into compost OUTDOORS; I'll let you know!

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  16. I like the almost self portrait in the silver box. Very pretty church; I can appreciate them on the outside.

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    1. As a militant atheist myself, this church could ALMOST have me going to services on a sunday; but not quite.

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  17. I like silver, especially when having it valued and finding it is worth something more than I paid for it.

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  18. What a beautiful building that old church is. I think your little silver box is a thing of beauty too.

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  19. That church is amazing!

    We had hazelnut trees in our yard in British Columbia. I miss those!

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