Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Flea Markets of France

With just a few more days before I leave for my summer holiday, I spotted this sweet little book and just knew I had to have it. Filled with all sorts of off the beaten path flea markets - this is just the sort of guidebook I like to take along. Since I begin my holiday in Spain, in San Sebastian - I was particularly interested in the markets in the Pays-Basque region - the southwest area of France that borders Spain. There are flea markets in Bayonne, Ahetze, Anglet, Ciboure and Ascain - all within 30 or so minutes of San Sebastian. This summer I am committed to not buying anymore hemp sheets! Instead, I'll look for antique French fabric boxes, old mother of pearl buttons and, if I'm lucky, an old fabric sample book - that's all - just a few treasures.

12 comments:

Lee W - The Way I See It said...

YAY for you!! Enjoy- and I can't wait to see all of yor finds!

Suzanne@NotesfromthePatch said...

Safe travels Kaari:

I hope you'll take us along on your adventure via blog posts - I'm so envious! I'd love to see old fabrics that might become inspiration for your future collections with Moda. My Moda rep passed on your "hello" from market as I shopped with reckless abandon from his sample cards. Your new collection is all so beautiful! Thank you Kaari for all you do!

Sheri Howard said...

Wish I were going with you! I saw you at market with the Moda people, I design for Bonnie of Cotton Way...your fabrics were SOOO beautiful! Have a wonderful trip.~~Sheri

Pink Trees and Sunshine said...

Sigh~~Bon Voyage!!!

mimi charmante said...

I will be messaging you when I go on my 40th birthday extended France visit to get all of your input on those markets!
xo

Rose Brier Studio said...

I thought you had written a new book when I saw that cover. It has such a French General feel! Best wishes on finding all the wonderful treasures you are hoping for.
Bon Voyage,
~Marilee

Stacy/Creativemuse said...

WOW I hope you give us a vicarious view of your adventure. The Staycationers are drooling here! I love ribbonwork I have a group on flickr and do some my self. http://www.flickr.com/groups/542876@N22/
I have a little collection and am voracious for 19000 and early of ribbon and ribbonwork. The fabric boxes are so wonderful! Enjoy. Don't go broke with a good sale! hehehe! Is your store still open in the summer? I hope to visit soon I;m less than an hr away in Ventura county.
Warmly,
Stacy~Creativemuse

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Paula -Teaberry Cottage said...

Hope you have a wonderful trip. Looking forward to hearing about it.

Helz said...

Your Sweet Guidebook will just become the best of Memories on your return from Holiday... Lotsa Luck with your Treasure Hunting...

Kim said...

I was so hoping to be able to go on your French excursion this year...but..alas...not to be. Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

fabric collector said...

Any chance that you can forward your market towns on? I am travelling to France and looking for interior decorating fabric- of good quality.
Good luck

eeloh said...

Hi Kaari-Marie,

Am having a grand time going through your blog.
Just wondering, did you find any good flea markets on the Spanish side of the border, or was it just France? I lived in Madrid for three years and aside from the weekly rastro, there didn't seem to be much of a culture of people selling their old stuff. Maybe that's different in the Pais Vasco? Hope so...