Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside – The Old Suitcase

I love the flea markets that are in our region of South West France during the summer months. I found this battered old suitcase at one of them the other week. What a surprise  when I opened it up and found inside……..

All these books!

old French books

I just couldn’t resist – especially as the price was only 5 euros. OK, it was very heavy, but I hauled it back to the car, put it in the boot, and carried on looking around the rest of the Flea Market (‘brocante’ in French).

Can you see the maps in the background? I bought them at the same market – what a good mornings work!

And what was inside the books?

What a surprise! When I was delving into these old French paperback books, what did I find?

letter postcard envelope in old books


Bookmarks for most of us usually end up being the nearest piece of paper we can find at the time. And so it has been for most readers for many a year. I found a lovely little collection of impromptu bookmarks in my suitcase of battered books:

I. An old postcard from ‘Le Havre’, France

2. An old envelope from Paris in 1927

3. And a love letter!

More of these at a later date. Oh the romance of old paper ephemera!


8 Comments Add yours

  1. NiinaMaria says:

    Now that’s a thrifty score!

    1. There was a big smile on my face when I walked away with that suitcase FULL of books!

  2. Angeline M says:

    I would be ecstatic with such a find…the insides as wonderful as the suitcase. Those books and letter are a treasure.

  3. Angelia Sims says:

    Excellent finds! The suitcase is awesome, but all those juicy books with stories tucked here and there. What a neat piece of history. 🙂

  4. oh,that is a piece of heaven u have inside that suitcase!Nice clicks too =)

  5. leshachineur says:

    Reblogged this on leshachineur and commented:
    Jolies photos de trouvailles de brocante dans le Sud Ouest de la France …..

  6. free penny press says:

    Oh you lucky girl.. I would have danced all the way to the car!!!

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