my recent brocante finds…
Posted in france, homewares, stylists own November 12th, 2008 by piablog

Brocante is the French word for flea market. And the French love flea markets – you will find brocantes all over France, all time of year. They are just one of the many reasons why I love France and her occupants (by now you are also well aware that I love her for her food and wine). When I was living in Paris last year, going to brocantes were a weekly treat. At the beginning of each week I would research what brocantes were on within the city as well as in the surrounding suburbs, and plan the weekend around it. I found so many antiques and vintage wares, and on many occasions my arms would be so overloaded that I could barely get on the metro back to the apartment. There is no doubt I am addicted to brocantes, and now whenever French Boy and I travel back to France, we instinctively find the nearest brocante to explore, and last weekend’s sojourn was no exception. Sure I lamented over what I didn’t claim as mine (read and weep with me here), but below are a few of the treasures that I did claim. First, a set of vintage number stamps…

Then came this gorgeous terrine. And below, a set of perfectly kept French cotton napkins…

…We also found a tin box of antique wooden bowling pins that are specifically from the Jura area. They were quite a find and I will show you once I have cleaned them up and find a place for them in the boat. Also among my collection of brocante finds were some vintage doilies which I am using to make something (another show + tell to come no doubt).

I adore re-using, re-thinking, and re-styling oldwares, and finding such things in flea markets is just the best fun!

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  1. Danielle says

    what a dream, to be in france and surrounded by many brocantes! I am certain that i too, would find myself addicted! I love vintage linens, what a lovely set these are!

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  2. nancy says

    lovely finds! and yes i am also a big fab of re-using, re-thinking etc etc….giving new just makes sense and is so much fun…

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  3. sofia says

    beautiful finds, love that set of stamps. Me too I’m addicted to brocantes. I love collecting lace and doillies, last week I’ve sewn one to a bag (an army style bag if you see what I mean) and I love to wear this bag now. Re-inventing things is really a way of life 🙂

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  4. mrs. g. says

    delurking to tell you how much I love your blog and would like to come live in your spare room. Is next week good for you?

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  5. aran says

    vintage finds are such an inspiration for me… i love those napkins pia. i am so jealous!

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  6. katiecrackernuts says

    Lovely finds, but where do you put it all? Do you have a second boat laden like Aladdin’s cave? Oh, how wonderful it would be.

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  7. sherrieg says

    Oh, beautiful finds! Especially the napkins. Lovely!

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