Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sunday Brocante -- Cormeilles

This may have been the brocante-puce of the season!  The fall season, that is!  Complete puce-bliss!  As I mentioned in my previous post, I was searching for a sale that was not in the books...normally I refer to my trusty-guide for Basse Normandy, but this one I learned of via a road-side banner that we passed last week.

I had never been to Cormeilles before last Sunday--it's a sweet little town 40 minutes from where we live, and I most definitely would go back!  There are plenty of shops, cafes and a few very good antique stores and brocantes ...

 This was one of those days when from the moment we arrived, I knew it would be a great day!  Why?  It was a HUGE puce!  It spread from one end of town to the next and within minutes the first thing I spied that I knew I had to have was .... wait for it, wait for it.......a bird cage!  Well bien sur!  (You know how I am about bird cages!)  So I bought it instantly!  It is a few hundred years old, has layers of paint on it, a few bent wires and beacoup, beaucoup--charm!  I found another one--which went on the 'dream-list'--it was taller than me and I will have it someday in my little French garden---I will! (But not today).

The one I bought is on the right! The one I wished I bought on the left!

Oh, and there is my 'Patisserie' sign!  I have followed it all summer--have seen it at more than a few brocantes--I have never asked the price, but I am sure it is tres cher, because it never sells and instead keeps showing up every weekend at the sales... I am not only waiting to be able to afford it, but also to have a house large enough to place it high on a wall.... J'adore!  It's for me....someday! I am certain.

Under threatening cloudy skies, we stayed almost 3 hours--trying to see it all.  In the end I came home with a fabulous large green 'herisson' (French bottle drying rack), a few red-striped antique linens, a wicker covered jar, and a white- shabby-chippy-perfect French flower bucket... in addition to the bird cage! (the little one...).  We even indulged in a little puce 'street food' of Merguez sausage and pomme frite....while heading back to the car just in time to dodge a few sprinkles....

Hope you had a bonne Sunday too!

A bientot mes amis!


  1. okay, seriously? you need to begin hosting brocanting weekends as a business! I have a new appreciation after last weekend - I found a soup tureen that I brought home but seeing your photos - I could have found endless treasures! I would need a container shipped if I visited you!
    have a marvelous rest of your week mon amie~

  2. Aside from one or two, almost all of the brocantes and vides have been great around that you have played with food and friends (family) in the south--your next visit should be in the northwest! I would most definitely take you on the GRAND tour of brocantes mon amie! (And I happen to have a very good source for international shipping too!) xx!

  3. Sooooo jealous of your brocante Sunday, Cat! Wow! Such deliciousness....!!!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  4. HOw lovely for you to be living in France. That is my dream. I am following along now.

    What lovely brocante.

  5. so delighted to have found you... i just love buried treasure... will follow along to all of your haunts... xx pam

  6. oh and btw.. i live in seattle... just read you are from nw... where???

  7. Thanks so much gals! Yes! It was a good one--so happy we found it and a perfect town to visit again even when there isn't a puce there!

    It's supposed to be gorgeous this weekend so hopefully another good brocante on Sunday in La Havre....we shall see! Fingers crossed!

    A bientot mes amis!

    Oh--and Pam! Bainbridge Island mon amie! You know me through mon mari! (and of course I am a HUGE fan of Red Ticking! xx!)

  8. Oh how delicious is your post? Thank you - I am a new comer to blogging and just love the beautiful things and people I am finding - I will follow you with great envy and interest. Lovely photos - they take me there when I can't be there in person! Francesca

  9. Merci a vous, Francesca! Welcome! My favorite thing about 'blog-world' is that it really does take you to far away places (and also keeps me connected to 'home'!) and gives you a chance to meet amazing new friends!

    Have a wonderful day! Bon weekend!


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