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This Depot-Vente offers luxurious bargains aplenty

This Depot-Vente offers luxurious bargains aplenty

Habitat be damned. For authentic French fashions look no further than Nice’s second-hand emporiums.

With €500 in hand we hit three second-hand megastores. Our mission? To add Gallic flair to our fictional pied-à-terre for the price of a Habitat chair.

Week 3: Caverne Laine Depot-Vente

In a line: Two floors of browseable tat

Design: Bankrupt aristocracy

Deal of the day: Intricately carved hardwood rocking chair (€39)

Dud of the day: Salt & pepper shakers in shape of Queen Nefertiti (€3)

Details: 23 rue Scaliero

Description: There are gems aplenty at this depot-vente. Better still, all stock has been pre-selected by the proprietors, the Laine family, so absolute junk rarely makes the shelves. Hardwood furniture, heavy objets d’arts and homewares predominate, making it a great spot to furnish an entire apartment. Bona fide antiques make it into the counter-side display cabinet. Items include a silver Christofle desk clock (€59), Mont Blanc fountain pen (€90), Omega pocket watch (€200) and gold Dupont lighter (€79).

Opportunities abound for ‘upcycling’ too. Vintage bottles with jam-jar stoppers (€1) make for great vases. Rickety wooden chairs (from €5) could serve as funky bedside tables with a lick of Provençal white paint. Heavy though it is, collections of pewter cookware (€40) and fine china dining sets (from €25) add a touch of class to any Ikea table. However, the vast collection of vinyl records, VHS cassettes and CDs cast a dustily forlorn figure on the top floor. iTunes has a lot to answer for.

The buys:

1930s carved glass and copper chandelier €50

Vintage fold-out secretaire table with red leather writing platform and matching chair €99

Crushed velvet chaise-longue €100

32-piece white china dining set €45

Campari ice-bucket €4

1970s two-tiered marble-topped hardwood sideboard with bevelled glass display €140

Canvas safari-style magazine rack €5

1980s twin mirror-topped bedside tables €50

Panama hat €5

Grand total: €498

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