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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 4 days ago 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
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I cleared out the Etsy shop when I returned from my travels, not realizing that people had things in their shopping carts that they were still interested in. To those of you who have emailed asking, "What happened to ... ?" thank you for your patience. Shop updates will begin later this evening. French keys, perfume labels, antique documents and ephemera will be back on the shelves soon. This beautiful little engraving is from an 1852 volume of Cendrillon that will be listed as soon as well. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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There are a thousand and one dogs at the brocante. This little fellow was my absolute favourite. The missing tooth. The pirate bandanna. Those eyebrows! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Belle Brocante is having an affair! We will be participating in the upcoming Vintage Affair in the Cowichan Valley on Saturday September 20th. Hope you can join us! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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At play on Instagram - please join us! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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I wait for many large boxes to ship from France. I try not to gnaw on my knuckles. Or at least not right down to the bone. In the meantime I cut and paste and wrap wires and list small things on Etsy. Things small enough to have snuck into my suitcase. I wait and I wait. And I make things. It there's something you'd like to see in the shop, or something I can make especially for you, do let me know. I'm waiting. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at La Belle Brocante