On my regular strolls through Cannes, I am often astonished to find what appear to be the contents of whole apartments left out in the street, presumably for the ever-efficient "Allô Mairie" to clear away. Even more surprising, these cast-offs often contain items of beauty, or indeed value. I found myself rummaging through this collection which had appeared overnight in my quartier, as if I were a privileged version of one of the rubbish-dump scavengers in Slumdog Millionaire. I found a pair of impeccable Limoges coffee cups and saucers, a fine earthenware pot support and a serviceable stainless steel terrine mould before my anxiety about being spotted by the neighbours overcame me. I presume the current vogue for 'everything new' has made offering such items for auction unprofitable.
THE RIVIERA REPORTER MAGAZINE: DISCUSSION FORUM FOR THE ENGLISH SPEAKING EXPAT COMMUNITY ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA
How the other half dump
Posted 21 February 2013 - 16:21
Posted 23 February 2013 - 17:19
Good show! Just call this "recycling" and consider yourself an environmental hero.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 16:38
The best place to "dumpster dive" is in the ports like Antibes. You can't believe what some yacht owners throw away. I once picked up a VCR and a microwave oven, still in their original packing, never used. You have to get there before the rubbish truck comes along though. I bet those guys do well selling on some of this stuff.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 17:55
I one found some casino chips chucked by the wayside - a very Cannes moment. I wondered what the story was behind that.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:54
Did you cash them in or at least play them at the casino? Maybe it was providence telling you that your lucky day had come?
I one found some casino chips chucked by the wayside - a very Cannes moment.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 16:16
Having never set foot in Jimmz I didn't think I could risk the derision of the high rollers by slamming down on the roulette table what could have been the equivalent to 50 cents. They didn't look high-value, red and green and white with a decalled edge, not ivory inlaid with gold or anything like that.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 21:07
The latest find on my early-morning walk up to the Croix des Gardes - a single rose, very fresh, the kind peddled by those unobtrusive and needy folk that turn up at your table for two just at the right moment. Chucked out of a car window, I suppose. What was the story? A major row in on the way back to his luxury pad up the hill? "You can take this rose and shove it . .". I grovelled around for a while looking for the engagement ring without success. Still, it was nice to give the rose a chance to bloom, in a vase with the mimosa that at this time of year is a daily reward for my effort in climbing the hill.
Posted 03 March 2013 - 18:20
The latest find on the Chemin Rural dites Beau Site . . perhaps a part of an Adolf Hitler fancy-dress outfit - certainly has the Führer's colouring off to a T. The second pic shows it is in fact some mysterious bit of a lady's make-up kit. Being Cannes, it is mounted in solid silver
Posted 05 March 2013 - 09:04
My other half has these (not in silver) for brushing on her make-up
Being Cannes, it is mounted in solid silver
I nicked one before she ever used it, so it was still clean. The hairs are very soft and gentle and ideal for brushing dust off a camera lens, computer screen, keyboard or any other delicate surface.
Every man should have one!
"An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.”
Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher
Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher
Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:05
I'm up-sizing on the scavenging front. This elegant chair had been dumped by someone in my residence because the seat had come adrift from the chair frame - fawlty welding to blame. It was the work of a moment to bully my friend Madeleine's grandson into fixing it . .I dressed it up as a test of his practical skills. The lad done good, and now I have a stylish white leather-effect chair to go with my new proper leather sofa. Waiting for someone I don't like to visit to see if the repair hold.