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Sunday treasures..

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you are having a trés bon week-end.   

The weather forecast was for snow flakes this morning hence I was not very motivated when the alarm went off this morning and was tempted to stay in bed.

French Boyfriend delivers cup of much needed coffee and bowl of organic muesli and then says on y va...let's go.

Off we set with no snow in sight. We arrived at the vide-grenier and although there were was a scattering of stands outside, we decided to head for the hall which housed the majority of the sellers. There were quite a few stands but not many customers which is better than a hall full of people making it impossible to regards the items on sale.

For us not only is it great to see what is on offer, it is also a time to catch up with other dealers and chat about business in general and who has found what and where they found it.

It is like show and tell and for me, the part I like the most as there is so much to learn about antiques and the history that accompanies the objects always fascinates me.

We tend to buy a lot from other dealers as it is always the better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.

One of my first finds was this fabulous vintage Florentine Triptych Madonna and Child Travel Icon, which really is a golden tresor.

Next find was this pair of fireplace decorations which date back to the mid 1850's and are in the style Louis XV Rocaille which is my favourite style as I love the rocaille style as I find it very decorative.

They would look fabulous standing in front of the fireplace.

They are made from bronze hence they are not the lightest of objects. You will find details here.

Another find is this napoleon III style hat pin cushion which comes complete with fabulous "M" monogramme.

It would be a great piece to display jewellery on.

It is adorable and it is rare to find objects this old in condition like this considering the fact that it is over 130 years old. You can find more details here.

The last item is, I think the most fabulous item that I have found since I have lived here as the history that goes with it, is very interesting - it is linked to a chateau with an intriguing past. 

But you will have to wait until tomorrow to read all about it....

à demain, Leeann x


  1. Bonjour! You find the best things! I am so jealous!

  2. All the pieces are lovely...I hope there will be a vide-grenier when I am in your neck of the woods in May! Can't wait to see your surprise!

  3. Louise, May is one of the best months for treasure hunting here as we have 3 public holidays in May which means not only do we have vide greniers on Sundays ws have extra ones on the public holidays....

    Leeann x


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Bonjour from a sunny but chilly SW France,

Hope that you had a nice weekend. We spent yesterday afternoon at a furniture auction but I will tell you more about that later in the week.

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