An extremely rare commemorative cafetiere Parisian (coffeepot) at Blandine Bavoux's Jolie Trouvaille stand at Chatou. It is a souvenir of L'exposition Universelle de 1900, le Pont du Trocadero, le Palais de l'Electricite, Paris.
If you're lucky enough to be in Paris, my favourite brocante begins Friday, Sept. 28th at Chatou. The bi-annual 85th Foire Nationale aux Antiquites a la Brocante et aux Jambons - fondly known as the Brocante and Ham Fair - starts at 10 a.m., with tickets for 5 euros each available at the gate at Ile de Chatou. And do try the ham on offer from France and Spain - superb! You won't be disappointed.
The brocante is always packed with amazing antiques and vintage collectibles from all over France. Be sure and visit my friend Blandine Bavoux's stand at 72 Allee Nouvelle. She has beautiful treasures for the home. Believe me, over the years I've collected quite a few treats from Blandine! She has a great eye for quality, as well as charm.
The brocante continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Sunday, Oct. 7th. From Charles de Gaulle Etoile metro station in Paris, take the RER A1 train (direction Saint-Germain-en-Laye) to Rueil-Malmaison or Chatou-Croissy. Follow the signs at the exit and follow the signs - and the crowds - across the bridge to Ile de Chatou. You can get a taxi from Paris, but don't expect to find one to take you home, unless you've pre-booked.
A selection of colourful French enamelware and patterned porcelain at Blandine Bavoux's kitchenalia-filled stand at Chatou.
Blandine and an American client.
Enamelware soap containers.
Vintage embroidery thread.
Art glass at Gunnar Petterssen's stand.
Zinc weather vanes that once graced the roofs of chateaus.
Zinc industrial glove moulds.
Vintage shutters and assorted collectibles.
Mounted animal skulls.
Friendly food servers.
A small sample of the lunch selection.
More delights - and you can take some home with you!