Thursday, 2 June 2011

Treasure Hunt Thursday No. 9 - Treasure Hunting in France

Most of you know that we spent a week at our cottage in France recently, and of course I so wanted to visit some vide greniers while we were there. Humph, there was just one teeny little vide greniers the first Sunday we were there, and what was really frustrating was that a couple of weeks later there were going to be loads, LOADS in our area! Ah well, I am looking forward to a summer of vide greniers in July and August. I managed a quick visit to two brocantes as well and found a few more bits and pieces.

The first thing I found at the vide greniers was this fabulous perspex (?) and wood advertising sign, Olivet. I love the way the letters flow and the tiny swan on the top. Wouldn't that look great in a kitchen? -

You have probably seen pics of our cottage and the tiny kitchen, so you will understand when I say that I don't have room in there for it. But I couldn't just leave it on the stall, it is too cute! So I will probably put it in the blogshop.

Next were two books., another 1920s Larousse with great illustrations ( opened randomly ) -

and a fabulous illustrated encyclopaedia, also from the 1920s, which I had not come across before -

That was it from the little vide greniers, the rest is from a couple of Brocante shops. You gonna love the next thing.......................... a vintage fabric covered chocolate box! -

Isn't it ever so pretty?

And talking of pretty things, I was absolutely delighted to find this lace. The colour is a slightly peachy pinky beige, and the design is just gorgeous. It is really wide as well, perfect for backgrounds or frills on larger projects -

What else did I find in the brocante? Sewing stuff, just a few little bits, but of course there were buttons -

vintage yellow seam binding, a little piece of prettily embroidered trim and a piece of tiny trim in pretty colours of soft green and pink -

These weird wooden things looked like they used to have thread wound onto them, they are pretty darned big, and I am going to use them to wind laces onto them -

A piece of blue striped vintage fabric, great for summer seaside collages -

two dinky little cups with sweet little flower decoration, to be made into little pin cushions -

A large book with lots of illustrations, some of them rather macabre, which put me in mind of Halloween -

and a few pieces of ephemera, including some magazines from 1905 with fabulous ads -

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Ooops, this has turned into a long post again, how does that always happen, sigh? Hope I haven't bored you to tears. Gonna get my butt out of here now, lol.

Toodlepip xxx


Michela said...

Never bored with your amazing finds, my dearest hoarder! ;D

Scrummy Scrapz aka Lizzie said...

Oh why, oh why don't we have the same here, there's nothing I love more than to go around browsing - the finds are brill and the only treasures I sometimes receive are when an old person goes to heaven and their relies give them to me cos they know I collect and collect and collect xx

Florence and Mary said...

You're so right I love the chocolate box!

Victoria xx

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I love what you found, Liz! The Olivet sign is gorgeous and who could resist such pretty books, the emphemera pieces and that lovely chocolate box. With such an eleborate packing, these chocolates must have been very special. Laces and buttons - you certainly always get me with those :-). Have fun playing with all your new treasures!
Hugs to you,

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Lulu, your collections of newly found treasures is nothing short of spectacular! Such wonderful objects to swoon over and add into your home. I would have been satisfied, too.

hugs from over the pond,

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, Liz,
What amazing finds! I LOVE all that you found there. How are you doing? Great, I hope! I have been so busy making things and getting the new section of my store up and running.

Dorthe said...

Liz, uhhh that chocolat box, is something really wonderful- I never saw a fabriccovered candy box...the lace, and old books are fantastic--I love the images of mode, and your sign is gorgeus.
Yuo have great places to find lovely things, dear.
Hugs from Bornholm.

sissie said...

Hi Liz,
I'm never bored by your posts. You always have something good to show us.
I love all of your finds.


Blue Creek Home said...

How gorgeous is that lace??? I have a weakness for pretty vintage lace and this piece is just delicious. You found several great things and I love that you shared them here at Treasure Hunt Thursday.

*Ulrike* said...

Oh how I wish we could find such treasures here!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Mercy sakes alive! I am having palpitations! Only in England can you find SUCH treasures!!! WOW!

m ^..^

sonya said...

Hey Liz!
Wow! I love all of your finds, but the Olivet sign is the best! The candy box is just wonderful with that fabric!
Thanks for sharing with us-and don't worry about the long post! I enjoy it!

Anneke said...

wow, you have found such many beautiful things from forgotten times, and all in good shape.
i have the same peach lace as you bought, so if you want more, you can mail me.
i have a lot of lace to sell, and i have solled a lot this year.
you can see my blog for lace under labels.
have a nice weekend and hugs

Anonymous said...

What fun goodies! Until my broken foot heals, this gal has NOT been able to get to our favorite antique haunts! :-( Can't be on my foot too long...yet! But just wait! You're making me itchy to get out there!
Hugs, Diane