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Le Vide Grenier: A French summer tradition

The Vide Grenier, in Champlive, Franche-Comte

It’s the heat of summer, and in France, that means it’s Vide Grenier season.  Vide Grenier translates to “empty attic”, and it’s a kind of neighborhood yard sale that is held in every village, once summer rolls around.  Since they almost always take place on Sunday, a day when almost all other businesses in France close, the good ones are well-attended.  People travel from neighboring villages and regions to sift through tables of household items, looking for that odd vintage clock, funky wall decoration, or set of vintage beer glasses.  It’s a fun way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, even if you go home empty-handed.

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