Time For A Good Rummage

This isn’t the post I meant to do but, the two I have in the wings need a bit of explanation and I haven’t got time today.  So, as I haven’t been around for a while and I didn’t want you to think I’d perhaps had a fainting fit and been crushed by cats and kittens and then eaten by dogs, I thought I’d reassure you I’m still alive and kicking with a bit of a quickie, picture heavy post.

By the way, don’t you just love the word ‘rummage’ – it sounds so English somehow, although somebody will probably tell me it derives from some far flung corner of the world but that won’t change my mind.  I also like ‘cribbage’ and ‘pillage’ but wasn’t doing either of those on Sunday morning, it was definitely a ‘rummage’.


French Red Transferware Bowl Birds

There have been few chances this year to fouiller (the French version of rummaging which is also a good word but devilishly hard to pronounce properly).  If the vide greniers (empty attics/yard sales/boot sales) so far this year have not been too far away they have been rained off or ill attended by sellers or by me as I have woken up on several Sunday mornings the worse for wear.   Nothing to do with the wine.

Anyway, last Sunday, there was a vide grenier within half an hour’s drive which also had the benefit of being in the village where some good friends of ours have a holiday house and they are ‘in residence’ at the moment, so I knew there would be a cup of coffee and a loo should desperation set in.  Which it did.  Twice.

These are some of the things I found amongst the used bath mats, second hand baby clothes and inexplicably popular albums full of bottle caps.

French Butchers Hooks

Who doesn’t need a sturdy set of hand forged butcher’s hooks?  I did read somewhere that these are often mistaken for something called a ‘cherche’ which was used to lower down a well to retrieve buckets lost by previous water gatherers.  I’m not entirely convinced.  What do you think?

French Soda Syhon in Copper grid

A beautiful turquoise soda syphon with the glass encased in a metal grid – this one copper coloured.  Very art deco.  The pewter top is marked as being from a Brasserie in Amiens which is in the Somme department of France.

L Houzeaux Pewter Vase (4)

A nice example of an Art Nouveau pewter vase signed L. Houzeaux.

French Cutting Board

Because everyone needs at least one French cutting board.

 When I was in the U.K. recently I found I was rarely given a plate to eat from in restaurants – always an oversized rectangular piece of white ceramica, a slate tile, a wooden board or a conch shell.  (I lied about the last one)

You won’t be surprised, especially as I had already bought the red transferware bowl in the top photograph – who could resist those birds? – if I tell you that Mr. Tialys , who usually accompanies me in the vain hope of finding leather working tools at these things, had to go back to the car at this point in order to make room in our bags and arms for more.

Which was just as well…….

French Tian Bowl

this bowl weighs about 3kg.

I couldn’t resist this foxy piece which also weighs a ton but then it is supposed to be a doorstop

Brass Fox Doorstop

I’m pretty sure this is English though being that it represents a fox and a whip.

No leather working tools were to be found but Mr. T. did buy a bayonet knife which also serves as a belt knife.  I do worry sometimes but ask no questions because if,  in some dystopian future, we have to retreat into the mountains and live on our wits, at least we’ll have something with which to both defend and feed ourselves.  That, and the machéte he bought on a previous outing.

Should I be worried?




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  1. #1 by onecreativefamily on August 9, 2016 - 16:13

    I love your “finds”. Such wonderful adventures. You are right, you will never know where they will lead you.

    • #2 by tialys on August 9, 2016 - 23:33

      Thank you for dropping by – I’m glad you found my finds interesting.

  2. #3 by nanacathy2 on August 9, 2016 - 17:08

    I think I would be worried. What fabulous finds. We had a Mrs Rummage’s shop in Pickering for a while full of treasures. It’s now Mrs Rummage’s tea room. That’s the way of the world!!

    • #4 by tialys on August 9, 2016 - 23:32

      What a lovely shop name – better for the shop full of treasures but still nice for a tea room.

  3. #5 by claire93 on August 9, 2016 - 17:25

    some lovely finds there. Our village vide grenier was rained off this year, and I never seemed to be up on time (on a Sunday) to get to any others. My husband loves searching for porcelaine and pottery. He loves your wash bowl with birds – I wonder if there was once a large jug that went with that?

    • #6 by tialys on August 9, 2016 - 23:30

      Yes, I’m pretty sure it would have been part of a washing set Claire. Shame the jug wasn’t with it but I guess it would have cost me much more if it had been.

  4. #7 by jendavismiller on August 9, 2016 - 18:51

    The red bird bowl is a treasure, to be certain. Pillage is one of my favorite words (I (mis)use it when offering mama’s daily pill allotment to her), We don’t seem to have rummages around here, the occasional yard sale or estate sale (we bought an old clock once). I’m certain you’ve nothing to worry about with hubby’s purchasing habits. I think? haha Your posts always brighten my day. Hope you’re feeling better.

    • #8 by tialys on August 9, 2016 - 23:29

      It is a lovely bowl – and big too. That bird pattern – and variations of it – seems to have been a popular one with old French ceramic factories.

  5. #9 by Magpie Sue on August 9, 2016 - 18:55

    I’m practically salivating over here. The birds! The copper! The fox and whip! And yes, I would think those hooks were used by a butcher at some point. At least if you haven’t been able to get to these sales often you made the most of this outing!

    • #10 by tialys on August 9, 2016 - 23:26

      It happens like that sometimes – you don’t find anything for months then lots of things at once.

  6. #11 by sew2pro on August 9, 2016 - 19:41

    The hooks are a bit sinister but certainly useful. The pewter vase is my favourite but the whole hoard is unusual and interesting. A far cry from my local car boot sale.

    • #12 by tialys on August 9, 2016 - 23:26

      Are you sure you’re looking hard enough 😉

  7. #13 by katechiconi on August 10, 2016 - 00:07

    Those hooks are begging to be hung from the ceiling and dangled with copper pans, wouldn’t you say? And I’m rather partial to that butter churner in the wooden board picture. Glad you’re up to a spot of serious rummagement 🙂

    • #14 by tialys on August 10, 2016 - 19:50

      I used to think it was a butter churner but have since found an almost identical thing that professes to be a mayonnaise maker – it has a label on saying so. I suppose it makes more sense because you wouldn’t be able to churn much butter in a little jar like that.

      • #15 by katechiconi on August 11, 2016 - 00:03

        … and my mother had one exactly like that that said it was for butter, so perhaps they’re multi-functional. You could get a small pat out of it, enough for toast for a couple of people I’m not sure how you’d add the oil if it was for mayo – is there a hole in the lid? There are just so many tools and implements whose function is now lost or redundant.

  8. #16 by Janice Marriott on August 10, 2016 - 01:15

    In Canada rummage is used for a church sale. ‘Rummage sale’ the same as ‘ jumble sale’.Alas these events are few and far between these days. I understand it is because the pool of volunteers is not available.

    • #17 by tialys on August 10, 2016 - 19:48

      Funny that jumble sales seems to have gone out of fashion whereas boot sales/yard sales/rummage sales/vide greniers are very popular. Same thing when you get right down to it.

  9. #18 by dezertsuz on August 10, 2016 - 01:31

    Thanks for the smiles. =) Definitely meat hooks, but I like Kate’s idea for using them. What wonderful purchases you made. I’m not entirely positive, but the pewter piece might be my favorite … though the fox and whip are tempting, too. The bird bowl is gorgeous and worth the whole trip, I’d say, and the copper-covered soda bottle is also terrific. A good haul! As for your husband’s purchases … I wouldn’t worry. I’m sure it’s protection and food gathering he has in mind. =)

    • #19 by tialys on August 10, 2016 - 19:44

      It sounds like you can’t make up your mind on a favourite – you like everything!

  10. #20 by Kim Hood on August 10, 2016 - 05:43

    A wonderful trawl with lots of goodies. I particularly like the pewter vase but the hooks are a bit special. I think I would be keeping a close eye on Mr Tialys with that knife 😉

    • #21 by tialys on August 10, 2016 - 19:42

      Thinking about it, maybe the hooks and knife together are even more of a worry. If I haven’t posted again in a couple of weeks, call the police.

  11. #22 by sewchet on August 10, 2016 - 15:31

    These make me yearn for a trip to some brocantes to do a bit of rummaging myself, especially if you can still pick up goodies like these! I’d say it’s a butcher’s hook for sure:)

    • #23 by tialys on August 11, 2016 - 09:50

      Goodies still available down in this rural backwater but they’re catching on fast so it’s getting harder to find the good stuff at reasonable prices.

  12. #24 by girlandworld on August 10, 2016 - 15:40

    Loved it

  13. #26 by mandymunroe on August 11, 2016 - 11:30

    You are both fantastic hunter gatherers. Love your finds!

    • #27 by tialys on August 12, 2016 - 08:46

      Thanks Mandy – ‘hunter gatherer’ sounds a bit more serious than a ‘rummager’ doesn’t it?

  14. #28 by knettycraft on August 11, 2016 - 11:45

    What wonderful finds you made! The butcher’s hooks would be perfect to dry herbs…

    • #29 by tialys on August 12, 2016 - 08:42

      They would be perfect but I have to be careful what I hang from my ceilings – Mr. Tialys is very tall 🙂

  15. #30 by Fred the Needle on August 11, 2016 - 14:47

    Oh what beauties! Lucky you to have these beautiful finds. It sounds like a perfect way to spend a Sunday

    I went to a nearby car boot sale which was hideous! no art nouveau just 1980s tat!

    • #31 by tialys on August 12, 2016 - 08:41

      According to Etsy, the 80s would count as ‘vintage’ now – but that’s probably because it’s an American site. Still, keep your eyes open!

  16. #32 by poshbirdy on August 15, 2016 - 13:40

    Very nice. Am terribly envious of your soda syphon. It’s a beauty

    • #33 by tialys on August 15, 2016 - 14:02

      I like it too – I have quite a few soda syphons in all different colours now. More stuff to get rid of if and when we downsize!!

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