Vintage Sample Books

I have been lucky enough to find 2 different vintage sample books over the last couple of months. These sample books give a window into what a different time would have been like.

This book of plaids was for Paul Salvo Ltd on Bond Street in London. Each of the plaids have their name on them. There are hand written notes on the tag for the sizes of travel rugs and different products that could be made from these plaids.


The pieces are about a foot square and there are so many possibilities in this little book.fullsizeoutput_c7dbfullsizeoutput_c7ddfullsizeoutput_c7defullsizeoutput_c7e0

This is just so pretty to me. fullsizeoutput_c7e1

The second book was a find from just this weekend. This wallpaper book is a little rough around the edges, but I love all of the history held inside. DSC_0152

There are great adds for products from the 50’s. DSC_0153


Just look at these kitchens and bathrooms! DSC_0154

Here are just a few of the wallpapers and their coordinating borders. Some of them are difficult to imagine. Others are cute!


I’m sure these patterns adorned the walls of more than one nursery.DSC_0159DSC_0160

These two are textured and look like they belong in a tiki hut. DSC_0161DSC_0163



Both of these items will be available in my Etsy sale on Saturday! I will be putting more updates on Instagram. You can own a piece of history too!


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Tea Cups in a Basket

I had some fun to start this week with this basket full of tea cups. I participated in a hashtag called Magpie Monday. This hashtag is all about collections and finding a fun way to display them. I like finding ways to be creative with all of my many treasures. This baguette basket is a recent find from Sunbury Antiques Market, it is wider than the average basket and I really like the proportions. The blue and white and Calyx ware platters are two of the most recent additions to my collection. The tea cups have been picked up across England and France and they are all miniature works of art by themselves, but together they make a remarkable statement. I had fun watching this picture get to over 400 likes. I know instagram doesn’t really mean anything, but it is fun to have a community that appreciates what I do.


I hope your week has gotten off to a happy start.


Brocante Treasures Car Boot Shopping

I have had a few people on Instagram ask “What is a car boot sale?” Since I have spent so much time at car boot sales this summer I thought I would share a little about my Car Boot Loot Shoots. In England the trunk of a car is called a boot. A boot sale is when sellers drive their cars into a field and sell their treasures from the boot, or trunk, of the car. Boot sales have a wide variety of products, similar to a garage sale. I have found a local boot sale that I visit whenever I have a free Saturday morning, my family even loves to join me. There is always something for the kids to find and I leave happy when I have all of this to come home with me!


The boot sale opens early, before 8 AM and people line up to get in. I am one of the crazy people there waiting in line. I was rewarded this morning when I found this great bread box and flour box first thing. It is hard to negotiate that early in the morning, the sellers know that there are plenty of shoppers coming, but thankfully the price was right.


This crate full of goodies is my favorite thing. I bring bubble wrap with me to the boot sale because I know I am going to buy as many old plates as possible.


The scale is in fantastic condition, I am always happy when I find a scale with the original tray. Old books are a standard buy for me. I usually don’t look that close until I get home. I am usually pleasantly surprised by the books when I get home.


Did you see this book peeking out of the last photo? It is a wallpaper sample book from 1953-1953. The samples are still intact and they are pretty special. You just never know what you are going to find at a boot sale.


I know I get comments on the volume I buy. some of these items will get integrated into our home and some will be heading back to Texas and be for sale. I am busy photographing and packing my suitcase for my upcoming trip.


Do you have a favorite treasure?

Brocante Treasures TX on Etsy, Coming Soon

The countdown is on for my trip to Texas. Here is a sneak peek of some of the treasures that will be coming back with me.

My Etsy shop, BrocanteTreasuresTX, will be open Saturday, September 23rd and all of these and more will be available for purchase. I have one more treasure hunting trip planned for this weekend, let me know if there is something special you would like me to look for.


Highclere Castle Vintage Garden Party

Did you watch Downton Abbey? If you love vintage then I am guessing the answer is yes. This weekend my husband and I attended the Vintage Garden Party at Highclere Castle, The Downton Abbey, and we had SO MUCH FUN! The whole process was fun and so very British. We spent a day in Bath earlier this month so that we could visit Vintage to Vogue, a vintage clothing store. Imren and John are the owners of this amazing little shop.  Jon and I played dress up and walked away prepared for our vintage dress up day. The theme was 1920’s, but our outfits skew more 1930’s vibes. I absolutely adored my authentic dress and hat, oh and the gloves too! If you would like to read more about the event from Lady Carnarvon herself you can check out her blog here. 


There are no pictures allowed in the house, but I will say that it is gorgeous in person. I was able to walk through 2 different times during the day. The second time I was basically on my own. On their highest day during the summer when they are open to guests they have had 1600 people through in 1 day. Getting to enjoy this amazing house by myself was something I will never forget. The views from the bedrooms are stunning. The walls, carvings and furniture are all from the show, but just a little bit different. The house is stunning and the fact that it is the backdrop to one of my all time favorite shows was incredible.

Here is more information about Highclere Castle.


Can we just talk about how handsome my man is? I love how enthusiastic he was about this whole adventure. Getting to spend a whole day with my husband was the best part of this whole thing. With 4 children and a busy schedule we don’t get to go on many dates, so I am thankful for this quality time. IMG_0715

I did manage to get a photo without my jacket on, even though it was frigid. This authentic 1930’s dress was so comfortable and I am already trying to find another occasion to wear it to. Maybe grocery shopping, ha! I did end up running to the grocery store at the end of the day in this full get up. Thankfully we are in England so it is not that unusual of a look.


This shot makes me so happy. Can you see the detail on the gloves? They are vintage leather gloves and they came in handy with the cold weather.

I have had a few people ask me about how I found this event. Highclere Castle has been advertising this event on their blog, Facebook and instagram. Jon, my husband, wanted to visit the Castle and when I saw this opportunity I knew it was a great chance for us. We planned this day date, found the clothes and enjoyed every minute. I encourage you to go out and support an event near you that looks like fun. I know not everyone lives an hour from Highclere Castle, but I am sure there are fun opportunities near you.  I will definitely be putting this event on the calendar for next year. IMG_0725

I did feel like a big kid when we rode on the carousel, but in a good way. Look at the view!


The display of vintage cars in front of the house was inspired.


I loved the hamper on the back of this car. So much vintage goodness here.


Lord Carnarvon’s Rolls Royce Phantom III (1936)  From the paper in front of the car.

“Charles Rolls visited Highclere Castle in 1898. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon (1866-1923) was a great motoring enthusiast and was known as ‘Motor’ Carnarvon. His collection extended to over 50 cars. This Rolls Royce was bought in 11936 by the 6th Earl of Carnarvon (1898-1987) After the Second World War, it was sold to a Danish museum and found its way through the hands of a German collector back to his grandson, the 8th Earl in 2012.”


As you can see from this picture, the wind was a bit extreme. This picture was one of the highlights of the day for me as we got to chat with Lady Carnarvon herself. Lady Carnarvon was so gracious during a very busy day to have several conversations with us. She has such a passion for Highclere and the history of the house and grounds. She is so involved in her community and trying to make it a better place. I love talking to people that have a passion.


I hope you enjoyed visiting this Vintage Garden Party with me.

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Brocante Treasures in Texas Again

Brocante Treasures is headed back to Texas! This is just for a visit during Antique Week in Round Top, Texas. Last spring I flew back to Texas and set up at Marburger Farm in Round Top for Antique Week. The Fall show is coming up and I have had a few customers asking if I would be back. Unfortunately I will not be setting up to sell anywhere. I will be visiting Marburger and many of my other favorite shows.

One of my favorite things about the Fall show is The Gathering at Round Top. My very first Round Top was the first Gathering. We had just moved back from France and I was visiting Round Top for the first time. I was so overwhelmed by the stories shared and the community gathered. The event starts with worship music and is held outside of the Royer’s Pie Haven. The speakers each year are encouraging and enlightening. This will be my third event and if you are in the area I really recommend you go, tickets are on sale now. The fellowship with other christians in such a busy season is a great reminder of why we do what we do.

I am excited to be able to attend the Business, Branding, and Social Media Workshop at the Vintage Round Top. I was a part of the spring workshop and I learned so much and met so many great people. I have followed Smoot and Paige Hull for years and I so admire all of the work that they do.

With all of my activities I will also be working on our Texas cottage, that will hopefully be available for rent in the near future. I will have some before and after pictures of my work there. Right now it is definitely a before and I have been pinning ideas for inspiration.

I will also be bringing a few treasures with me from England. I will be listing a few treasures in my Etsy shop. All items sold will be shipped before I leave to come back to England.  My shop is BrocanteTreasuresTX. Here are a few examples of what I will be bringing with me. There are a few English and French pieces.  If there is anything that you would like to see please let me know. IMG_0202

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Scottish Highlands Folk Museum

Last week my family took a road trip to Scotland. My husband and I loaded up our mini van with all 4 kiddos and the dog and ALL the snacks. The first day we drove to Berwick Upon Tweed on the England/Scotland border. This town has changed which side of the border it is on several times over the years. This bridge is called the border bridge and still carries a train across the river every day. The town was not as  beautiful as some we have visited, but there was a very nice path next to the river that we were able to take back to our AirBnB.


The next day we drove into Scotland to our AirBnB in Laggan, Scotland. The weather seemed to cloud over and the rain started as we made our way across the border to Scotland. Thankfully we came prepared for a proper Scottish summer with rain jackets and wellie boots for everyone.


Once we got to Laggan we had a little bit of time to kill before our place was ready. Our host had provided us with an extensive list of things to do in the area and we decided to try out the Highland Folk Museum. When we pulled up and the kids saw this playground after 2 days in the car they were super excited. Entry was free with a request of a donation. An interesting thing here was that dogs were not allowed in the museum/park, but they did have a small fenced off area that we could leave our dog. We also left our name and number with the admissions desk so if there was a problem they could contact us. It is very interesting to see the solutions to problems in less populated and rural settings. This part of Scotland reminded me a lot of my early years in Norther Maine.


The Highland Folk Museum had a very charming little school house complete with headmistress, fountain pens and chalk boards. The headmistress filled us in on the expectations and rules for this school house while we all practiced our penmanship.


Malachi was not sure what to think about all the rules. DSC_0343

I was distracted by all of the vintage treasures littered around the room. The stoneware jugs and enamelware are all favorites of mine. I love seeing them in their natural habitat.DSC_0350

This case in the tailor’s shop was intriguing. I have bought and sold so many vintage notions like this. I love how they are displayed in the case. DSC_0351

There was a beautiful walk through the woods and then we were in a highland village from the 1730s.

The pig pen with their curly little tails were fun for the kids to see. DSC_0367

Jon loves the mountains like I love the beach so he was very much in his happy place. DSC_0374

Look at that little Highlander.


Bennett wanted absolutely nothing to do with wearing a ‘skirt’. DSC_0382

This vintage house was a complete source of inspiration for me. IMG_9400

It was very interesting to see all of these items in place with their intended use in mind.IMG_9401

I could have moved into this vintage bedroom, except maybe for the lack of closet space. IMG_9403


This view says a lot about Scotland to me. The old and the new side by side is what we saw so much of during our time in the Highlands. DSC_0428

All this and we had only been in Scotland for a few hours. If you ever find yourself in the Highlands of Scotland and would like to know more about the history and culture of the area I would definitely recommend the Folk Museum. This was the best cultural experience we had during the rest of our vacation.


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