Our family made a quick, last minute, road trip this weekend to Chateau de Chenonceau. After I checked the hours of the chateau to make sure they would be open when we wanted to go and found a place for us to stay I checked to see if there were any sales going on near by. I was in luck and found a Brocante & Vide Grenier in Amboise just minutes from where we were staying. We had a wonderful visit to the chateau on Sunday and Monday morning I was ready to do some shopping.
The first couple of tables I stopped at were very expensive. I started to get disappointed that I was going to just be looking. And then I turned a corner and the buying began. I did manage to get a few photos from around the brocante. This was a massive sale, I walked and shopped for almost 3 hours. It was amazing.
These first photos are all from the same vendor. They had mostly transferware and they had some truly amazing pieces. This set was from the 1800s and was in perfect condition.
There were 3 tables just like this.
More amazing work.
It just kept going.
The condition of their pieces was just amazing. I did buy a set of dessert plates from this vendor, I will show you those later.
I didn’t take any more photos until I had run out of money. A very sweet lady let me put my large basket in the trunk of her car while I did a little more shopping. These are photos from the far end of the brocante from where I started. I could have kept buying, but there was not an ATM to be found.
There was so much to look at.
I am always drawn to enamelware pieces and large metal signs.
The dogs at the markets are always fun. This market had quite a few big dogs.
More pretty things.
This set caught my eye.
This fancy couple was right next to the orange set.
This bucket caught my eye on the way in and the way out.
The tables of linens are just amazing.
These old tools were so interesting.
I love these rows of bins, you never know what you are going to find and what kinds of prices they are going bring.
This table stopped me in my tracks.
And then it was time to leave. We packed up, ate lunch, and made the 2 hour drive home. I love unpacking all of my treasures and looking at them again. Here is everything I managed to buy at the market. Yes, there are a lot of treasures. I was actually stopped at the market by a french film crew. They interviewed me on camera (in English) for France 3. They asked what I was buying and why. Then the cameraman followed me for a little bit. It was one of the silliest things that has happened to me while brocante shopping.
This mustard jar was a special find.
This is a toy sized basket, I love these baskets and have them in almost every other side.
Blue transfer ware is always a good find.
That is an enamel plate, the strands of pearls are going to be used in decorating for my sisters wedding.
Here is my transfer ware from the first vendor. I got these 6 plates that are in very good condition for their age.
The back of the plates.
These posters are some of my favorite finds. I got 10 different chateaux, many of them we have been to. I love finds like this.
I put a few of my finds together, one of them is a pretty little pitcher with this ‘Deauville’ stamp on the bottom.
Here we are, a pretty pitcher, yellow enamelware and the green jars were all treasures from today.
I hope you enjoyed this trip through the Amboise Brocante.