Thursday, September 22, 2022

Adventure at La Poste!

 Bonjour friends!'

It is beyond words as to how happy I am to be back in Paris. This beloved city of light and noise, food and wine, and friends and strangers.

It is often thought by some American tourists that Parisiens are rude. In reality this is a rare exception rather than the rule, but aren't there kind and rude people everywhere?

Just today I carried a 10 kilo (22lb) box to the post office. I was feeling pretty proud of myself, as last week I learned how to use the automatic postal machine. I fully expected to do that again today. Nope. The box was too heavy for the machine. 

Initially, the postal worker told me I needed to return home, go on the computer to put in all the info and then return with the box to the post office with the code they would send me. Well, he saw my face. "Bring up the website on your phone," he said. "What website?" I replied. He laughed and shook his head.

After clearing that up, he walked away, but then came back. "Are you still trying to bring up the French post office website on your phone?" 

I nodded. I suppose I was looking a little flustered. He looked at my phone over my shoulder and pointed. "How can you open anything on that phone? You have too many apps open!" He laughed and walked away again. So I tried to close all my apps.

He came back again. "What is your name?" he asked. "My name is Anastasia," I told him as if we were going to become fast friends. I asked him his name. It was -- believe it or not -- Elvis.

"Well, Anastasia come with me, we are going to get this sorted," Elvis said with confidence.

Elvis escorted me behind the scenes to a postal worker desk. Two postal workers sat me down behind their computer and helped me complete the whole application, stamped the box and sent it on it's way. In the meantime, I learned their names, a little about their life in Paris and their wonderful families! 

So, are there rude people in Paris? I really have yet to find any. Do they have bad days, just like you and I? I would say they do, and they handle them just as well or as poorly as anybody! 

Kindness goes a long way in this world. Perhaps we could learn a little something from the French!

A'bientot,

Anastasia (Aka...French postal worker for a moment) 


Monday, September 12, 2022

Nov. 3rd-6th: Home for the Holidays!

 When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze, for the holidays, you can't beat home sweet home! -- "Home for the Holidays"

We love to travel to Paris in September, after the summer heat but before what Ernest Hemingway called the bad weather that "would come in one day when the fall was over."  When we return home from Paris, the change of seasons is usually underway here also.  Autumn will soon be in full swing in Wisconsin, with orange and yellow leaves and crisp, cool days. Our hearts and minds turn to the coming holiday season.  Some long for the coziness of a wood burning stove, others for a snowshoe hike after fresh snowfall, or reading a good book next to a roaring fireplace, baking your grandmother's banana nut bread, the coming of Thanksgiving and -- not long after that -- Old Man Winter. It is especially this time of year that we may long for comfort and coziness the most!

We hope to create a sense of warmth and bundle you up in joy at our next market Nov. 3rd-6th. Our "Home for the Holidays" market is the first of our 2022 "Les Fêtes de Noël" year-end holiday festivals! We'll have home decorations for the holiday season, including Christmas, as well as treasures and lots of gift ideas from Paris and elsewhere in France.  We want you to feel as though you can come and stay as long as you please, as if  you are being hugged by beauty and find happiness around every corner.  And maybe you will find a little something for your precious, cozy home.

No matter how far away you roam . . . there's no place like home for the holidays!

"Home for the Holidays" Market Hours:

Thursday, Nov. 3:          12pm-6pm
Friday, Nov. 4:               10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 5:           10am-5pm
Sunday, Nov. 6:             Noon-4pm

a bientot,

Anastasia 

Monday, August 15, 2022

August 20th: Our "Bonne Chance" Market!

Feeling lucky? You should, because it's your lucky week!  If you missed our popular "Paris Apartment" market last weekend or just want to come back for more Paris-inspired fun, we're giving you a second chance with our special 1-day good luck market (or "Le Bonne Chance Marché") this Saturday August 20th from 10am-5pm.  We're opening our doors once again so you can have a second lucky chance to enjoy our market before we close until our next regular market in November. (We would appreciate it if you would join the Facebook event here if possible.)

We decided to offer you a second chance at something you admired, loved, or want to reconsider after thinking about it for days! Knowing we won't open again until November, here is your Bonne Chance to stock up on one of your French favorites or purchase a last-minute unique gift.

**As a special surprise, all remaining fabric bundles in stock will be 50% off this Saturday only -- we need to make room for new inventory from Paris!**

We can't wait to see you again!

August "Le Bonne Chance Marché" hours:

Saturday August 20:             10am-5pm

a bientot,

Anastasia

Saturday, July 9, 2022

August 11-14: The Paris Apartment Market!

 There is nothing that helps me soak in the French experience more than having our own apartment in Paris.  If only for one short week or for a long stay, having a place to "nest" and call home helps me feel as if I really am living life as a Parisian.

Just like Americans, Parisians (and the French in general) have a wide variety of tastes.  But something binds them together.  A love of the worldly, the cosmopolitan.  A flair for the eclectic.  A need for travel.  A passion for practicality and efficiency embodied in style.  And, of course, a love of fashion! 

We want to share our vision of the Paris apartments we have grown to love over the years -- please join us for Confectionique's  "The Paris Apartment" Market August 11-14th!  

When you think of a Paris apartment you may imagine white furnishings, chandeliers and gold mirrors -- it can be these things, certainly, but a Paris apartment can also have a modern or minimalist look.  It is not unusual to find a centuries-old wardrobe next to an Eames chair, for example.  In the end, a Paris apartment is about using the elements of design in a compact space that is aesthetically beautiful, well-designed and functional.

Parisians are experts at making little spaces seem big. They do this with multi-use furniture, getting by only with what they need (most Parisians would consider art and decorative pieces a need ) and bringing this all together in a cohesive and useful manner which showcases one's individuality and -- above all -- remains stylish. After nesting in a smaller space while living in Paris, it does make me wonder if I really need so much stuff at home.

We hope you will join us at our "Paris Apartment" market where you will feel inspired to shop like a Parisian and live like the French!

"The Paris Apartment" Market Hours:

Thursday, Aug. 11:   Noon-6pm 
Friday, Aug. 12:        10am-5pm
Saturday, Aug. 13:   10am-5pm
Sunday, Aug. 14:      Noon-4pm

A bientot,

Anastasia 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

June 9-12: "Summer in Provence" Market!

 For our next 4-day market June 9th-12th, help us welcome the arrival of warmth and "soleil" as we celebrate a vintage French summer!

School is out.  Flag Day.  Father's Day.  The 4th of July.  Patio cookouts.  Vacations.  Picnics.  The great outdoors.  Even Bastille Day.

At long last:  Summer!

Join us on Thursday June 9th from Noon-6pm while we kick off our long-awaited summer with our "Summer in Provence" market.  We love Paris, but we just might love sunny Provence even more!

The market continues Friday June 10th from 10am-5pm, Saturday June 11th from 10am-5pm and concludes on Sunday June 12th from Noon-4pm.

"Summer in Provence" Market Hours:

Thurs., June 9:        Noon-6pm
Friday, June 10:      10am-5pm
Saturday, June 11:  10am-5pm
Sunday June 12:      Noon-4pm

A bientot,

Anastasia 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

May 5-7: "Mini Marché for Mom" !


If you can't take you Mom to Paris this Mother's Day, bring a little Paris to her -- or better yet, bring her to Confectionique!

Join us on Thursday May 5 from Noon-6pm as we kick off our Mini Marché for Mom!  The market continues on Friday May 5 and Saturday May 6 from 10am-5pm both days. (No Sunday hours this market.) This special three-day market will be our only market event in the month of May.  If you missed our April market, or you can't wait until our next 4-day market in June, stop on by!  (You can join the event or RSVP via Facebook here.)


Remember, the Fête des Mères (Mother's Day) is Sunday May 8th this year!  We can't wait to see you again!

May "Mini Marché for Mom":

Thursday May 5:      Noon-6pm
Friday May 6:           10am-5pm
Saturday May 7:       10am-5pm
NO SUNDAY HOURS THIS MARKET

a bientot,

Anastasia

Friday, April 1, 2022

Meet Your 2022 Bastille Day Parade Grand Marshals!

The French consulate has noticed us! Given all our contributions over the years to the French nation and to French culture right here in Wisconsin, we have been selected as the Grand Marshals for the 2022 Bastille Day parade in Paris!

We have certainly done a lot to contribute to French culture over the years! We not only hosted the Mona Lisa at our previous location, we flew customers to Paris on our vintage Convair  jet, we were guest foreign correspondents for one year at Le Parisien magazine, we kept a watchful eye on Napoleon's apartment in the Louvre and we were the managers of the Moulin Rouge in 2021. 

We couldn't be more proud to have been chosen for this auspicious occasion!

You will be able watch the Bastille Day parade at 3:00 in the morning pacific mountain time on July 14th on BBC One. You will find us all smiles and waving while sitting atop a float that is a replica of a Bateau Parisien, just behind the mascot balloon of a massive Snoopy wearing a beret!  

Living our best lives!
Anastasia and Adam