Wednesday, 12 January 2011 faience brocante.

As you know my word for 2011 is "de-clutter" and so begins my exciting new venture.
I am so thrilled to finally be able to tell you my surprise.
After mulling it over for several months I've finally opened an Etsy shop "la faience brocante".

The clue was in my mosaic on Monday.
I'll be stocking the shelves with "les jolies choses".
French faience will be the star attraction with Quimper pieces to the fore.
However, you'll also find majolica, enamelware, lithographs and other vintage French items that I have gathered together over the years.
The French actually have a word to describe a person who loves to hunt out antique and vintage treasures at flea markets, vide greniers, brocantes and auction houses.
Je suis un "Chiner".
I love nothing more than to "chine" and Mr B and I, with dogs in tow, have travelled far and wide uncovering wonderful things.
Oh! those early morning starts at Le Mans or Le Bourget markets!
The exchange of banter with Maître Bailleul at our local Hôtel de Ventes in Bayeux, who would often berate his clientele with "les Anglais sont la" if he thought there was a chance we might steal a bargain from under their noses.
I hope you'll enjoy browsing through my Etsy brocante, where perhaps you'll discover a French souvenir for your home.
You'll find a link on the sidebar.
Bon chine!


  1. de-clutter. Boy, I need to try that.

  2. Yea, Maggie. You did it! So happy you jumped in and followed your dream. Perhaps you'll teach me to give it a try. Best of luck for much success, my friend! ~ Sarah

  3. I'll pop in regularly to look - what fun! I love the idea of an etsy shop to keep your beloved habit fresh!

  4. What a great idea for you! I wish you all the best with your Etsy shop. There are some beautiful items there.

    And you never know, we just might take you up on your offer next time we're in Europe (and who knows when that will be?)

  5. Brilliant ! I tempted to buy already

  6. I wondered what you've been up to. Haven't heard from you or seen posts in a while. You've been busy and productive! Good for you, Maggie. xxoo Jenny

  7. Hi Maggie,
    Congratulations on opening your Etsy shop! That is such exciting news. I'm off to go check it out!!!

  8. Hi Maggie!
    Je suis un "Chiner" aussi!
    Well the American version of one anyway *winks*
    So glad you found my blog so I could find yours!
    Thanks for your vote on l'armoire. It will be staying in this room because I have an armoire addiction... and have one (or two) in nearly every other room of my house! So I'll count that as a vote for the light. I can't wait to see what you have on etsy! Vanna

  9. That is great! Congratulations and good luck.Come advertise with us for free starting next Tuesday (hopefully). We would love to have you in on the fun:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  10. Maggie, what a wonderful idea! Congratulations on your new Etsy. I can't wait to browse through your shop! laurie

  11. Oh No! Maggie, I knew I was going to love shopping in your Etsy! I'm afraid it's going to cause me to have financial difficulties!! laurie

  12. How exciting, Maggie! And are those sea life plates going to be in your store??
    Clicking now....

  13. Maggie, what a brilliant idea! I am just now seeing this, will certainly keep an eye out. I've heard of Etsy, know people who sell there, but don't know much about it otherwise. The best of luck to you!

  14. How is the shop going? Thank you for the terminology, I too can take the badge "je suis chiner"!


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