A Week in England

My husband was sent on a last minute trip to England for work and it happened to work out that I was able to go meet up with him! I had such an amazing time visiting England and spending some time with my husband. You can always follow along @BrocanteTreasures on Instagram to see my adventures as they happen.

I was able to visit a boot sale (a British garage sale), a local grocery store, the Sunbury Antiques Market, several charity shops, and the LAPADA Antique Fair. I explored the little town we were staying in, we saw old friends from our time in Oslo, visited Stonehenge, ate fish and chips and drank LOTS of tea.

I am trying to recover from jet lag now, but it was all worth it. I would definitely encourage you to travel if you are ever given the chance. Even if the trip seems a little crazy, GO! I have never regretted a trip taken and memories made.

I hope you enjoyed this quick recap of my week in England. I brought home a few treasures and you will be able to shop them soon, more news on that soon.

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My French Finds

If you have followed me on instagram (@BrocanteTreasures) then you have seen some of these photos. I had an amazing week in France and I found so many great treasures.

This little collection was my first purchase in France. I landed, got in my rental car, and drove to the Porte de Vanves. This HEAVY set of copper, poissionier, tin and brown transfer ware caught my eye. They were not marked, but it is always worth asking for a price. I was so happy to walk away with these treasures, but I also had to carry them for the entire shopping trip. I was well on my way to rebuilding my brocante muscles.

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Children’s books in French, antique rebus plates, and an old pair of binoculars.IMG_1712

Would you believe that I was looking for a vintage toy sewing machine for a friend? I was so pleased to find these 2 waiting for me.IMG_1714

I found stacks of these vintage fashion magazines. The graphics are just amazing!IMG_1754

While in Paris I decided I needed a few more pieces of vintage clothing. There are a couple of shops on or near the Rue de Rivoli and I was in vintage clothing heaven. I bought 2 big bags and when I got home to try them on almost every single piece fit. I am thrilled and have already worn a couple of them.

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After collecting my treasures in my rental car during the week I was finally able to unload everything when I made it to my place out in the country. This was my haul for the beginning of the week.DSC_0428DSC_0441

I love maps, and my customers always have too. I have a stack of vintage French maps just waiting for your ideas and projects.DSC_0443

These pieces of sheet music are more like pieces of art. I was able to get a stack of works still ready to play or waiting for your next project.DSC_0446

Copper, rebus plates, a statue, and a coffee grinder.

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This set is currently available in my Esty Shop, Brocante Treasures TX. It is a petite little set, but absolutely gorgeous. IMG_2717

More of those itty bitty little smalls that are so intriguing, and easy to pack. DSC_0459

From my morning in Caen. Do you know what came home with me from this photo?DSC_0535

If you guessed the enamelware pitchers, you were correct! This Ouest France bank sign is amazing as well. Did you even notice the crate tucked in behind? I love my sidewalk loot shoots and the crazy looks I get from people. IMG_2009

Here is my one furniture purchase for the trip. It is a gorgeous plate rack. It is a good thing I have plenty of plates to fill it up with. IMG_2051

In one shop I almost missed this sweet enamel coffee pot, can you believe that?! If I have the time I love to walk around a store or a market from both directions. IMG_2102

Here are the treasures that will be making their way home to me at another time. See anything that catches your eye?IMG_2285

These two are not for sale, but aren’t they pretty? Brown is my color that I have decided to collect for myself and these pieces could not be left behind. IMG_2137

And of course, more buttons. IMG_2141

My very last purchase the morning I left. How adorable are these two? IMG_2181

I hope you enjoyed this extended loot shoot from my trip to France. If you see anything that caught your eye you can check on my Etsy page or contact me directly.

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Going Back to France

Hello Everyone!

I am so excited to tell you that I am headed back to France next week on a quick trip. I will be visiting friends, sight seeing and of course, shopping! It is almost exactly 1 year since our family left France to move back to Texas.  We completely loved our time living in France and I am so happy that I get to go back.

I will be visiting as many of my favorite spots  as I can and collecting as many treasures as I can. I will aslo be taking pictures and sharing on my instagram @BrocanteTreasures.

As I was going back through our photos here are a couple of my favorites. Loot shoots and sight seeing are how I worked my way across France, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland. This trip will only be in France, but I will have some new adventures I can guarantee that.

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Road Trip to Greenville

Our family took a road trip from Texas to South Carolina last week. It was a long 15 hour trip, but it was worth it to be a part of the wedding of our good friend. We got to spend time in one of our new favorite cities, Greenville, South Carolina. Here are a few pictures from our trip. You may have seen some of these on my Instagram account, @BrocanteTreasures.

The giant gorgeous house is a vintage beauty that is for sale just outside of downtown Greenville. We love looking at houses and are always up for a quick real estate look when we are in a historic area. This house is listed for just $300,000, but when I talked to the realtor he said they have estimated the necessary renovations at an additional $350,000! The house is amazing and someone will have quite home when they are done.  The very last picture is most of my loot shoot.  I did have one more great stop on the way home in Georgia. When we are on a road trip I do my best to find stores to stop at when we stop for lunch, sometimes it works out. If you search “vintage” in the map then interesting stores pop up.

We are so thankful to have visited Greenville, been a part of the wedding of a dear friend, and had a little adventure. Our kids are amazing travelers and we all had a great time. I hope you enjoyed following along. Now I have to get ready for the Gypsy Market, shopping starts Friday!

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The Rendezvous at Round Top Bound

I am taking some time away from my preparations to give my two cents on visiting Round Top, Texas during Antique Week.  I lived in Houston for 3 years and never made my way out to the fields of treasures. When we moved to Europe and I started collecting my treasures my dream was to one day sell my treasures in those fields. I started researching the different venues while living in France and I found The Rendezvous.  I was immediately drawn to the field because of the French name and the feel of the pictures online.

Our move back to Texas and the progress of my container proved more challenging than I had first thought. Thankfully I was able to work with the owners of the field and I made my first trip to Round Top as a vendor, just not with a full container of treasures, but I still learned so much.

What I found at the Rendezvous was just what I had hoped for. The location is amazing, on the south end of Round Top, across from The Compound and just down from Marburger Farms. The farm house on the Rendezvous is a precious piece of history. The hammock in the trees out front, the picnic table and the beautiful lights surrounded by vintage and antique treasures is a little piece of heaven for me. The other vendors were so sweet to me at my very first show and my first time at Round Top. This year there are going to be so many exciting things happening.  I will be set up from March 24 through March 30.

Monday, March 28 there is an event planned with @wherewomencreate!  Come meet these brilliant creators and many more! @sandraevertson @kinassauer Brandi Harper with @spellboundcollections Gina Galvin with @peacockparkdesign Robin Brown from @magnoliapearl Jill Garber from @lenouveaurose Holly Kuhn with @oldgloryantiques Kaari Meng from @frenchgeneral Jen O’Conner with @jensearthangels, Amie & Jolie Sikes (a.k.a. @thejunkgypsies ) Tara Royer Steele (a.k.a. @thepiequeen ) Cheryl Evans Lehane @cherry_letane Celeste Shaw @celestershaw Anne Freund with @thegildedgypsies Jo Packham @jo_packham AND MORE! Happily hosted by @therendezvousroundtop @urbanhabitat409 @oldworldantieks and me @BrocanteTreasures. If you are near Round Top next Monday you NEED to stop by.

Here are some of my photos from last year and I will be sure to take more pictures this year and share when I get home.

 

To avoid traffic I was up and at the field early. The sunrise in the Texas country side is so gorgeous.

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The conservatory is a beautiful landmark in Round Top. Did you it is also for sale?IMG_1292

The Rendezvous truck arrived with a fresh paint job.IMG_1330

In the evenings this was our view, the porch swing and the hammock are both very comfortable, I checked them both out.

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The conservatory all decked out for a party. The Rendezvous crew knows how to throw a party!IMG_1349

 

The sign all lit up at night.IMG_1335

The view from across the street, what a beautiful place to be.IMG_1339

 

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