As Spring is knocking at the door, 2016 is shaping up to be a lively year here in Normandy. The Paris Floral Tour that I announced this weekend is already almost full, and will be a fun new event on my calendar. Paris combined with flowers, champagne, great teaching and even a picnic at a chateau … my idea of two-day heaven!
And March will see the start of the new brocante season. Here in northern France, all the antique dealers stay open all year around, but the fairs stop during the winter, too cold!. The first big fair of the season will be on the outskirts of Paris, and I am excited to tell you that I’ll bring you a video of that one.
Once that big fair is over, each weekend will see the new round of the country fairs. Some are better than others, and you have to be in the know to decide where to go. They start selling at around 5 or 6 in the morning and continue until they have had enough, usually late afternoon. I love these country escapades, that early morning light, the buzz of anticipation as I get out the car with a basket and head into a fair, small stands lining the streets of stone villages, really not knowing what I may find.
Several of my favorite professional buyers are coming back to shop with me during the spring, in fact I already have their wishlists, and have alerted all the antique dealers to keep a look out for the more unusual items. Shippers are booked, routes are planned and I’ll be taking my vitamins to stay the course!
And then in September I host my fifth annual group brocante tour. This is always such a fun week, as my guests and I zoom around Normandy, chauffeur driven, and find treasure behind hidden doors and along narrow paths. Accommodation is in an 18th century chateau and meals are enjoyed in restaurants and bistros along the way.
At the end of their week, guests who hardly knew each other a few days earlier are the best of friends, and champagne in hand they pack their treasure to take or be shipped home along with many happy memories of this corner of France.
If you would like to know more about the Brocante Tours or the Paris Floral Tour, just drop me a line HERE There are just two places left for the floral event and a handful for the September buying spree – I’d love for you to join us!