At The Country Brocante

On Saturday our family set out for another adventure. The directions took us cross country and it was fantastic.  This house was on our way and it was so pretty.  It was a great way to start out our adventure day. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out to take 4 kids, a puppy and a husband to an antique show. My family has come along for so  many of my shopping trips and they always find something to do and have fun. It was so nice to have an event where there were so many fun activities.


The Country Brocante was an event I found through Instagram. They hold events at different locations in England through out the year.  The promotion for the event on Instagram was very good and enticing, since it was only an hour away we decided to go. When we pulled up the parking lot the view was so intriguing. The Cowdray Estate is an historic site of a grand home. The ruins were a big draw for Jon and the kids.


My mini me ready for some treasure hunting and crafting.


Sorry for this blurry pic and the fact that I don’t have the owner’s name. He had a great space full of amazing French finds. This first tent was full of French Brocante style finds that were displayed so well. IMG_7860

I snapped this picture of the pillow because I love the colors. The workmanship on their pillows was really great. Sorry again I didn’t get their name.


Honeysuckle and Roses (@honeyseuckle_and_roses) had a fantastic set up, great French treasures and the owners were so very sweet.


More Honeysuckle and Roses. IMG_7864IMG_7866


A hat and the embroidered torch both came home with me. That ladder was amazing!IMG_7869

My other favorite dealer was with Ostrich and Silkworm (@ostrichandsilkworm). Her sweet pup had the best seat in the house for people watching.


More gorgeous French finds from Ostrich and Silkworm.



See that embroidered pansy in that basket? The table cloth is linen and the embroidery is incredible. I came home with that table cloth as well.


Besides all of the gorgeous vintage and antique items were the kids activities. The crown decorating table set in the ruins was perfect for our whole crew. IMG_7877

There was a small fee for the crafts, but so worth it.fullsizeoutput_c163

Malachi needed a little help, but even he had fun decorating his crown as well. fullsizeoutput_c165

Addison got to go to a class on basic stitching taught by Liz Jones (@lizjonesmakes). IMG_7897

In about an hour she was able to make this work of art! She is now passionate about creating with fabric and thread and I love it.IMG_7898

And before we left we all got ice cream from the on site truck. The ice cream was so good, and the view wasn’t bad either.  Garrett seemed pretty relaxed after a full day of shopping and crafts. fullsizeoutput_c167

We stopped at the little river outside the grounds for the kids to play. These kids love throwing rocks into water. DSC_0774

Malachi needed to ‘rinse off his boots’. He loved that he could walk into the water. DSC_0778

And then on the way home everyone was worn out, the best way to end an adventure. The gun was from a boot sale (British garage sale) we had visited early in the morning.  IMG_7912

Here are all of the purchases from The Country Brocante. I bought more than I thought I would, but I love it all! The yellow fabric is going to become pillows. Hopefully that project will get done before we move out of this house, Ha! The red embroidered B is on a piece of clothing that I am SO excited about. Now I just need the right event to debut that exciting find. fullsizeoutput_c18e

If you are in England and looking for a fun event for the whole family I highly recommend The Country Brocante. I have shopped at a lot of antique and vintage shows, and this was the best one that I have been to when it comes to the whole family, including our puppy. The crafts and food and historic location were perfect for all of us.


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A Black and White Vintage Table Setting


This week on Instagram the #ColorHop challenge is for Black and White. I have several new to me pieces of black and white that I am in love with so this was an easy choice for me. This little creamer is a vintage piece by Johnson Bros and I absolutely love the shape.  The urn is an antique piece by Copeland. DSC_0144

The bowls are stamped Bedford, and I love their black and white pattern. Bedford is the name of the town I lived in here in England when I was a baby. The little chocolate cups are Asiatic Pheasants by Wedgewood.


This platter dates back to 1860, I can’t believe what good condition it is in after all this time. DSC_0163

Did you see the hand embroidered work on the table cloth? I love collecting the way that I do. Each of these pieces were bought separately, just because I liked them. As I get pieces home I love putting them together and seeing what themes emerge. Now I am ready to have friends over for soup, cold soup because it is HOT here in England right now.


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Car Boot Antique Shopping

If you follow me on Instagram then you probably saw this loot shoot photo from Saturday morning. This photo has gotten the most likes of any photo I have ever posted. I’m not sure if it is the items in there or just the extreme quantity, but I thought I would tell you a little more about this shopping trip.

Car boot sales here in England are held every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday across the country. There are websites that list their locations and hours. I have visited quite a few car boots and I have a few favorites now.

This particular boot sale is less than 20 minutes from my house and is held every Saturday. That makes it wonderful and dangerous. Boot sales are not antique markets. Sunbury Antique Market that I visit frequently is a much more curated event. A boot sale is more like a garage sale. Cars show up the morning of the sale, pay their entry and set out their goods. When you shop a boot sale you have to be able to look past the stalls of baby clothes, kids toys, fidget spinners, and all the other nonsense. But, if you look closely you can find some truly amazing pieces. Some of the sellers at boot sales are house clearance companies. They go in and clean out a home when someone dies or has to move to assisted living. There are professional antique dealers and then there are people just selling things from their home or their family. If you know what you are looking for you can find so many treasures (see below).


I buy a very random assortment of treasures and see how it settles when I get home. Sometimes I go with an item in mind that I would like, usually I just have my eyes open and ready. IMG_7170

I met two sweet sisters that were clearing out their mum’s treasures. She is doing poorly and so they were selling some of her treasures. The commemorative mugs were hers. IMG_7172

When I get home I put together this little collection. The pink tea pot has a chipped spout, but I love the pink flowers. The black vase is Copeland and in PERFECT condition. I told my husband I wanted to redecorate a room around that piece. IMG_7182

I found both of these creamers at the boot sale, I already had the tea cup and sauces and the cheese dish. It is so gratifying to think I found a match and get home and find out I am right!


An unusual theme this shopping trip were the man themed pieces, Father’s Day is coming up! The Guardsman is the pitcher in the back, everything I found says he is from the 1930’s. IMG_7185

The tea cup and plate are so cute, with Dad’s T.V. Set on the plate. IMG_7186

This scale was the last find of the day, I am thankful because it was heavy. It is a personal weighing machine, Ha! The mirror is in fantastic condition and I am over the moon about it. These green books are from the same boot sale last month. IMG_7189

These brass and ceramic  cheese knives are so special. IMG_7190

This book makes me think of all the brocantes and vide greniers that I visited in France. I love old books and when they are pink and French that makes them about perfect. IMG_7196

This is my newest collection, almost entirely from the last boot sale. The yellow lined vase was the first find a few weeks ago. I thought it looked like the Little Mermaid and it made me smile. When I brought it home and researched it I realized that it was Thistle Ware from Scotland. I found all of the other pieces at the same stall and snapped them up without a thought. Our family is taking a road trip this summer and I will be on the look out for more of these pieces. IMG_7241

I hope you enjoyed this walk through my car boot treasures. Do you see anything else that you would like to know more about?

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