|The Grange du Rivaux.|
About six months ago blog reader Michel Brouard emailed me to tell me about la Grange du Rivaux at Mairé. Grange means barn and this one houses a collection of antiques and brocante for sale. It's open Friday to Monday, 3pm to 7pm (Saturday to Monday in winter, 3pm to 6 pm).
|The float chook frame.|
He also mentioned that the garden was rather quirky, and in particular there was a large wire mesh chook out the front. He believes it was made for the village of Chaumussay's float in the 1999 Comice d'Agricole (Agricultural Show) parade in Preuilly.
|A once lovely wrought iron bed and a load of quite good glavanised tubs and troughs.|
We had never been there before, although I had heard it was rather a good brocante (second-hand goods shop). The other day we happened to be passing, and had the time to call in, so we took the opportunity.
|View down one half of the barn.|
We got chatting to the woman who owns and runs the place and it turned out she knew exactly who we were. Michel had told her about us.
|Vintage linens in an armoire.|
We discussed the possibility of bringing clients to visit the Grange for some French antique bargain hunting. The prices and quality of the stock are both attractive and I think many people would enjoy a shopping trip into the French countryside to buy an antique or two.
|Salt glazed stoneware.|
|Drinking glasses on a sideboard.|
|Not everything in the shop demonstrates good taste and style.|