HOUSE CLEARANCE - FRENCH STYLE
We ventured forth to our first house clearance sale to see about getting stock for the Brocante - the newspaper advertisement said that the sale was at 2.30pm and viewing from 2.00pm. We arrived at 2.00pm - the front door was open and people milling about but no sign of anyone in charge - we walked around the house which had four floors from basement to attic.
The sad thing was that it was just as if the owner had walked out and left everything - cupboards full of stuff - it was rather odd to be wandering around someone's life like this.
We went outside to wait, the auctioneer arrived and we asked for a list of the lots (we thought it would take most of the afternoon to sell everything in the house) but no list as they sold by the room or even by the floor !
Around 30 of us crowded into the sitting room and the auctioneer sold off a few lots of the best things - a pewter collection, musical instruments, etc. And then he sold off the entire room - the deal is that you have to clear the room as soon as possible - that day preferably - but certainly by the next day ! The photo is taken the next day with one of the dealers clearing out his purchases.
When you consider that the sideboard was packed full of china, glass & cutlery it would not be a quick process. They then continued on through the house selling room by room.
Having arrived in our car thinking we might pick up a few small pieces, we were in no position to bid on whole rooms ! So the next time we want to go to a house clearance sale we will know to take a van and a few friends to help !
Long time francophile (32 years) living between our lovely house in Normandy and work in London. Now I finally have the time to devote more energy to Le Moulinet.