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I have to be honest. I've been having an affair. With Instagram. I have all the excuses - It's easy! It's fun! It's right there waiting for me! But of course what I really ought to be doing is taking photos for Etsy. And dealing with the postal website. And coming up with nice little descriptions. And prices. I'm doing those things too, in the few spare moments this time of year affords, and I will have some lovelies available for you soon. Numbers? Check. Enamel? Check. Geography books? Check. Linens, photographs, and old leather gloves for the slimmest of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at La Belle Brocante
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This dapper gent moved in a few weeks ago. He likes it here. He looks kind of flashy compared to the locals. He watches over the parcels stacking up in the studio. He's going to stay awhile and you'll be seeing more of him, I'm sure. New items in the shop next week, after I've made a few runs to the post office and regained some semblance of order. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Dozens of new items on Etsy today - enjoy! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Antique enamel number plaques in black and white ... it must be love! Shop listings are galloping along now that I've cleared the postage hurdle. More soon! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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The forecast looked hopeful for a shop update, but the black clouds rolled in when dealing with postage rates. Hopefully soon, but in the meantime a few peeks and prices ... postage is a yet-to-be-determined extra. Large wooden crucifix with metal Christ figure ... $31.50 Vintage French alarm clocks. Sold as decorative pieces, but the alarms are still very enthusiastic! ... $25.00 each. Jaz clock reserved Lovely French carton boxes ... $18.50 and $23.50 Pink box reserved Mother of pearl hand-carved gaming tokens, perfect for jewelry making. Two different designs, though none are identical ... $25.00 for 3 Souvenir shell... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Nothing broke in shipping. Mary was wounded crossing a street in France. I had wrapped her in a sheet to keep her safe. A linen sheet. A weighs-a-ton antique linen sheet, to be exact. Everything we love about antique linen makes it the WRONG choice for wrapping fragile plaster. So Mary suffered the embarrassing loss of her toes. Such beautiful toes, too. I brought home every crumb of plaster and, with time and glue, expect her to make a full recovery. Today is devoted to taking photos. Descriptions will be conjured up over the next few days ... still on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Unpacking is all but finished. Yards of bubble wrap and miles of packing tape stowed away. Washing, laundering, and ironing will commence shortly. My goal is to start reloading the shop next week ... Books, linens, cutlery, religious items, passementerie, lace, mannequins, curiosities, and ephemera are all on the menu. I appreciate your patience, for this is a labour of love ... xoxo Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Glorious late 1800s silver tassels. Perfectly tarnished over the past century. Found at a brocante somewhere between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, along with yards and yards of silver trim. It seemed sacrilegious to split it up, so I thought it best to buy the lot. xoxo p.s. shop updates will start once the majority of unpacking is finished. This is to prevent the shop owner from completely losing the plot. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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For those times when you are just a little overwhelmed by all the choices the brocante has to offer. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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In the end it went smoothly. Boxes traveled by truck and ship and rail and forklift and ferry and finally reached my island. Paperwork, taxes, more paperwork. An excellent, and conviently French, Customs Agent*. And now I unpack and unpack and unpack. I am probably the only person in my neighbourhood that will have a large garbage can filled entirely with packing tape on collection day. Lots of work ahead. Bliss. xoxo * We did not discuss the frog. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Small details. Worn to perfection. My heart wanders. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Two volumes. Plantes Venéneuses and a folio of botanical plates. Wrapped and boxed and crated over three months ago. A reunion date is set for the end of this week, and I am hoping against hope that they haven't forgotten. Patience is not my forte. More posts soon, I promise. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Use coupon code HalfOff for 50% off Etsy purchases over $50 this week. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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I'm making room for a mountain of boxes arriving from France in early November, and thought it would be a good idea to treat you to earrings at 50% off! All descriptions/prices from left to right ... 1: lacquered brass, vintage Czech paste, freshwater pearls $18 $9 2: lacquered brass, vintage Czech paste, garnet $30 $15 3: lacquered brass, garnet, vintage paste, rose quartz $23 $11.50 4: lacquered brass, Czech glass, vintage Czech paste, freshwater pearls $15 $7.50 5: lacquered brass, prehnite $15 $7.50 6: lacquered brass, prehnite, vintage Czech paste $28 $14 7: lacquered brass, amazonite, vintage Czech paste... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Antique? Black and white? French? Enamel? With numbers? Check, check, check, check, and check. A lovely start to the weekend! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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The forecast at the brocante has been sunny with a chance of discovery. I've been fortunate to find a large number of transferware pots recently, including some stunningly handsome French models. The French pots will remain in my personal collection for now. Some of the Edinburgh pots go into the shop with the next round of listings. They are delicate and adorable - perfect for display or holding a tiny treasure or two. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A most wonderful treasure from the Countess's library, Rois et Reines de France en Estampes, published in 1826. The Three Graces ... Marie Antoinette ... Every King and Queen from the 5th to the 19th century ... Engravings brought to life with exquisite watercolour detail. Philippe Auguste pitches a fit when his crown isn't shiny enough. Isabelle looks contrite. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Somewhere out there on the horizon, a container ship is making its way from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic to the Pacific. Just a couple more weeks ... xoxo Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Fashion engraving from 1818. Jane Austen meets the French Brocante! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Antique vulcanite dentures for every occasion. Simply scrumptious! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A beautiful image captured by photographer Devon Gillott at the Vintage Affair last weekend. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A most wonderful brocante find - an antique folio of engravings to share with a friend. Pages and pages of original cachets that make my inner fontaholic swoon. Yet another reason to travel the backroads of France. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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La Tour Eiffel postcard, 1910. Henri writes to his dear parents in Liege at 10 in the morning. It is regarding a position he has been offered in a large brasserie in Baden-Baden. The pay is 12 marks per day, plus room and board. He urgently requests their opinion and begs that they write to him at their earliest convenience. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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The cemetery was abandoned in the 1800s. Most of the gravestones and markers have crumbled, chipped away by winter winds and rain. The few that remain pay tribute to the lives lost too soon to cholera. Dry leaves crunch underfoot. A feral cat slinks along the shadow of the wall. Hush. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at La Belle Brocante