I’ve been exploring uncharted territory...for me, at least! My neighbors and I decided to check out the flea/antique shops in another section of Atlanta and…I hit the jackpot with some fabulous vintage frenchy finds…and more!
We started out at Kudzu in Decatur where I found myself drawn to the things I love…a fabulous bouillotte lamp for $49 (Mine is similar and was $15) and a Victorian castor set for $90 (Mine is nowhere near as elegant, but was only $20). But I wanted to cry when I saw the Victorian ink well painted white! Why? You may remember my post about the one I found that had no lid and my search for something that would work. And this one has a lid! Waaaah!
There were also a few interesting vintage-ish pieces that I checked out and filed away under possible ideas to copy! lol
My visit there netted me this little stool for $13. It tugged at my heartstrings and had to come home with me. I had a stool just like this as a little girl and it somehow got lost in the shuffle when I moved to France. Now I have its twin for my grandsons to use!
But it wasn’t until we hit Avondale Antiques in Avondale Estates that I found true frenchiness! There was a small collection of vintage French postcards, including this little booklet of 24 cards from Carcassonne…a place I had visited as a college student. And best of all…it was only $5.00! Woo hoo!
It is filled with delicately colored cards in pristine condition depicting the medieval walled city…beautiful! There was still tissue paper between some of the cards. The owner told us that it had come from the estate of a couple who had traveled to Europe in the 1920s…interesting! I will add these to the Parisian postcards I found a few weeks ago. It seems that I am beginning to collect vintage French postcards!
But my absolute favorite frenchy find is this fabulous vintage Henriot Quimper candle holder! It's in the shape of a leaf and is trimmed with those famous stylized Quimper flowers and the little Breton man...and it was very reasonably priced! I don't have anything like it in my collection.
Of course, the staff had to check it out...up close and personal!
Hmmm...it seems that Baby Kitty has deemed it bor-ing! lol It's easy to get over Quimper-ized at my house! But that's OK with me...I love it!
I added the postcards to my bundle of books from the Yale Shakespeare series and created a little vignette with my Quimper candle holder. As usual, our co-host Baby Kitty had to oversee the shot. Can you see his reflection in the silver tray?
And a special frenchy find…a gargoyle (although I am told this is actually a grotesque since it doesn’t serve as a water spout) for my 10 year old grandson’s little collection of mini monuments and buildings! They hang out around his computer along with the snake he made, which you see lurking in the background! I am always on the lookout for more monuments to add to his collection while I am thrifting.
The gargoyle is actually a replica of one at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris! It is very accessible from the cathedral’s towers and is on his must see list for our trip this summer! (Click here for a panoramic view of Paris from the bell towers plus a close-up look at some of the gargoyles. Just drag your mouse and look around. Be sure to go to full screen!) We are so excited! It won’t be too much longer now until we will be standing there!
And finally, I’d like to invite you to visit the home of my friend Babs through her new blog Upstairs Downstairs! She lives in a beautiful split level home…thus the title…decorated in her lovely English country style! I met her through blogging and discovered that she lives just around the corner! Isn’t Blogland wonderful?
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my frenchy treasures! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Frenchy at Le Château des Fleurs for the French Obsession Party the first of each month
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Leigh at Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday
Jill at French Cupboard for French Inspiratin on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Linda at A la Carte for Junkin' Finds on Fridays
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!