la Brocanteuse

Sep 28, 2012

Weekend Brocante to visit

~Enjoy your holiday and weekend~ 
what ever it is you are planning..make the most of it.
My weekend and all the days from here on,
 will be spent sorting old French linens , 
lace and French preparation for the  KAMERSVOL GESKENKE event coming up soon.

How I wish I could have one more day here before then:...

 It is impossible to recreate what one experience at a French Brocante, the colors, the stacked collections of anything from old crockery, books,baskets,linen, lace, statues,lamps, glasses., jewellery, a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g- ...displayed on  any available surface from the bonnet of a car to makeshift tables,
 piled in  boxes and crates.. be prepared to bend down and unpack, open boxes and tins.

 this is what I spoilt myself with, after a month of shopping for fellow francophiles at home, I felt I deserved some whimsy and delicateness..

 you won't believe how I had to beg the dealer for this little doll's head...he used it as display under a marriage dome, I won, of course it meant having to buy other bits from his stall as well, but I did not mind at all. she came home with me.

As much as I would like to just pile it up and stack the boxes..It would be my first choice to try and recreate the exciting feel and racing heart beat when you discover the treasure buried in a box. But... I will curate and  set it out pretty. That is what I will be doing for the next few weeks,.. planning how to display in the space assigned to
 la Brocanteuse at

 21 October ~ 27 October 2012
Somerset West

 and if you are in the area..
you will love visiting this beautiful village and market.


remember the post on my "blue Brocante" sign"?


Pura Vida said...

Colette, it's just the prettiest stuff. Our day today is cold and rainy and it makes me wish I could put on a big warm sweater and browse all day long

The Blue Farmhouse said...

I love the statue and the bolts of fabric...and yes I do remember reading the post about the blue brocante sign.:)Let me know if it's ever want to sale it:) I love your blog!

Sending love your way!

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

You have a busy time ahead of you, after all that waiting for your container. Good luck! We are off to Babylonstoren today with my niece and her friends from New Zealand. x Sharon said...

As always great beauty abounds in your collections Colette. I have diarised 21 Oct and hope to meet you then!

helen tilston said...

Hello Colete

The collection of treasures here are simply beautiful.

Helen xx

Acquired Objects said...

Colette what a wonderful way to spend the day! I saw so many treasures and I wish you had grabbed that Madonna up for me! From seeing your previous booths I know you'll set a stunning one for your next show and I can't wait to see!

Enjoy your weekend!

Anonymous said...

I love the unframed painting in the sixth picture - flowers and food. You didn't happen to bring it back with you, did you?

What wonderful memories you have - thank you for sharing them!


Burlap Luxe said...

O, Colette does it get any better then this, I think not.
I know that feeling oh so well, to beg for a piece, a found treasure belonging to someone else and to feel at that very moment you may have talked them into it with your spirit and passion to love it as much as they.
I did this very begging with a piece of needle work, and at the very moment they said yes i paid for it before a second thought crossed their mind.

I think my soul shops with you, taking in the beauty and stories to be told by each brocante piece I desire :)

Thank you for your passion in shopping the brocantes, how else would we shop Europe if it were not for you.


Veronica said...

Hi Col! Thank yo so much for your message of encouragement and support. Wow, wow, wow this is so beautiful... I have gone back over your post a few times to study the treasures contained in every many to mention! So, looking forward to Kamers vol Geskenke again. Wishing you lots of fun with all the prep.

Love and hugs