May 31, 2012
Brocante finds in action (Laurence Amélie)
At My French Country Home in Normandy, we love to go antiquing. We welcome guests from all over the world, from private shoppers looking to experience real French brocantes (flea markets) and hopefully bring back a special souvenir of their holiday in France, to professionals looking for hidden gems to add a little French je-ne-sais-quoi to their boutiques.
Here is how it went for a recent client, Jeni, who came to shop for her vintage rental company in California. She was only here for 24 hours, but thanks to careful planning and her ability to make quick decisions, she managed to purchase all kinds of amazing loot!
On Saturday afternoon I introduced her to my favorite brocante stores. Each store has its own particular style and our van started filling up pretty fast…
She loved all the stores I took her to. I made sure to include a diversity of options in our itinerary, from Christelle’s oh-so-chic boutique, to Laurent’s packed antique shop, where she found two beautiful desks… Without forgetting Jacky’s Aladdin-esque, bursting-at-the-seams, cove of treasures.
My French Country Home (Erica Berman)
Home for supper and a good night’s sleep in our guest cottage…
Sunday morning we showed up at the first fair before dawn and started our browsing by flashlight. When the sun rose, it revealed a beautiful view.
Here Jeni lucked out again with a few more treasure, including a mannequin with which she fell madly in love, a selection of charming vintage chairs and some stunning linen baskets.
I always try to take my guests to shop in beautiful surroundings! It’s so much more fun! Then home to unpack and repack and list and count and sigh and enjoy ….
If you’d like to try your hand at a brocante spree or if you are just looking for a day out from Paris to soak in some French country atmosphere and take home something special, you are welcome to contact Sharon Santoni at My French Country Home.
And if you prefer the idea of visiting for a few days, there is a small group tour planned for the first week of September, with accommodation in a local château and a busy and varied 4 day program…
Entrance to My French Country Home and Cottage (Erica Berman)
- Sharon rents a lovely cottage right in the heart of Normandy and amazing brocanting.
- Brocante and antique adventures abound with Antiques Diva
- Tongue in Cheek … brocanting and living in Provence with Corey Amaro
- Gorgeous interiors, vintage finds, and often French inspired design with Greige design
Written by Sharon Santoni for the HiP Paris Blog. All images by Sharon Santoni, except when otherwise noted. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.
Written by Sharon Santoni
Sharon Santoni is a Brit who came to France as a student many years ago and forgot to go home. Today she lives in Normandy with her French husband, 4 children, horses and dogs. From there she writes the blog My French Country Home in which she shares her love of France, her passion for collecting brocante treasures, good food, and the joys of simple French country living.
Website: Sharon - My French Country Home