Only a couple of these treasures above actually belong to me! My little lovelies found in New Hampshire at my favorite shop ever, Red Chair in Peterborough. How could I walk away from French linens already embroidered with my initials, and some more French paperbacks in that perfect patina green shade?
Fabulous European offerings such as these antique coffee bowls, French platters, hotel silver and linens...... treasures I would love to be selling.
If you shop the flea markets and brocantes of Paris, or the weekend vide greniers in the villages of France, the antiques shops of Belgium, Holland and Sweden, the outdoor markets such as Portobello Road and Camden Town in London, these are the gorgeous treasures you want to grab and bring home..........kicking yourself for not taking that empty suitcase which means wearing the same clothes each day - with clean underwear of course!! I've heard of gals who do just that, true 'junk gypsies' on a mission, who stuff tons of treasure in their suitcase while still looking stylish in one pair of black pants and a dozen scarves tied every which way.
So, as I take a blog break to start setting up my little shop with friend Vanessa at SuzAnna's Antiques, I'll be dreaming of European treasures as I display my offerings..............
..............I may not have beauties like these from Red Chair - blue English china, chippy white Swedish paint, Dutch tiles and French linens.........well not yet!! However in my daydreams I'll be checking out airfares, looking for the latest in lightweight luggage.......and, if anyone has tried the throw-away travel panties, let me know if they work, ha, ha!! One has to be prepared to go without clothes and shoe changes, need lots of space to bring European treasures back for you.
See you here next week. Should then have stories of designing vignettes and shopkeeping under the still very hot Carolina blues skies. Thanks for all the good wishes on the little shop venture.....hoping you will have a chance to stop by SuzAnna's Antiques at Vintage Village in Raleigh, NC some day soon.