Posts Tagged ‘Emmaus’

French Graters on a Shelf

December 9, 2010

A book case shelf holds some vintage French finds.  The interesting metal circles are grater attachments – probably for something like a hand-cranked food mill.  They were discovered at Emmaus, which is like a French Goodwill.  We visited the one in Marseille, and I’m still pining for this metal bed.  But the 10 graters and a couple of leather belts were a lot easier to bring home!


Day One – Provence Vintage Buying Tour

September 24, 2010


Here was our predicament for the six days we spent looking for treasures in Provence – we could afford nearly every wonderful thing, but so many things were not going to fit in our suitcases.  This twin metal bed frame was 30 euros – around $39!

Here’s another shot to help you appreciate the bed lust we were feeling.  And you don’t even want to know how cheap those armoires were priced.

But back to the beginning of this day.  The Good Husband and I met three members of our group at the train station in Paris.  We shared a speedy three hour train ride on the TGV straight to Aix.  There we hooked up with Jill Mitchell of Le Trip, our wonderful tour guide, and the fourth member of my travel group.  Jill had a deluxe van waiting for us, loaded us up, and we headed to Marseille.

I had always wanted to visit an Emmaus store.  I would liken them to our Goodwills. 

The aqua, enamel table was 15 euros. 

You gotta love a place that hangs pot lids on its’ fence and crafts whimsical creations from found objects.  It is part of the universal junkers’ language that needs no translation.  You either get it or you don’t.

Here’s a shot of our dream team of travelmates – Sandra, Cathy G, Cathy C and Judy (left to right).

After checking into our chaming hotel in Aix, and a little time to get settled into our rooms, it was time for a stroll to dinner.

I went for comfort food and savored my cheesey potato dish.  We enjoyed a leisurely dinner, and headed back to our hotel to rest up for Day Two.  Each day was memorable and special.  But our Day Two was off the charts fabulous!  Please stay tuned for those stories, and my first efforts using the video thing on our new camera.