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!
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?
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!