Friday, June 26, 2020

It's not goodbye just au revior!

On the eve of packing up the final box, cleaning and handing in the keys to the large space at 8300 Airport Road in Middleton, I find myself reflecting upon the last 10 years.

Look for Ms.Eiffel in Monona!
Remarkably, I am not sad about leaving this space, although I am sad to say goodbye to Randy, the airport folks and the Morey family, but I am not at all sad about packing up the last box.

Crafty Girlfriends!
I realize Confectionique has been a experiment in creativity and a connection to community and to a beloved country 4,143 miles away. This concept could exist anywhere and for the next chapter of Confectionique, this creativity and connection will be in Monona -4201 Monona Drive to be exact.

I would like to thank all those at the airport; my original crafting sister, Jessica; my crafty girlfriends: Connie Jean, Leigh-Anne, Vicki, Linda, Mary and Christi to whom this move would not have happened so quickly. These women are phenomenal both in character and talents. I wish to thank my family for all their love and support and my ever-supportive husband, Adam. I could never begin to tell you the long nights he spent helping me, the packing and unpacking of the van, helping me price and organize. And every dream I have had or wanted, he has found a way to make happen.  Finally, and most importantly, I would also like to say a big MERCI beaucoup to all of you...our friends and customers.... who have been there for us for 1 market or 100 markets! Your kindness, encouragement and support all these years has meant so much and all of you have helped us stay afloat all these years.

My sweet Adam
I do hope you will come visit Confectionique in her new location, all pretty and inspired by years of travel to Paris and France. I sincerely hope you will again enjoy experiencing the creativity of both Confectionique's new home and the talents of the creatives who come from far and wide with unique and beautiful products to share with you. I also hope you will again feel a connection to Confectionique and an affinity for France with all the beauty and treasures offered by this glorious country.

A'bientot friends,
Anastasia


au revoir Morey Airport













Thursday, May 14, 2020

**RESHEDULED** May 21-23: Summer in Provence!

**To attend this market, you MUST using the following link to schedule a day and time to attend.  To comply with local health regulations, we cannot have more than 5 customers in the market at one time.  To sign up, click on following link, check the box next to the time and day you want to attend, then click "Submit and Sign Up" at bottom of the page and fill in your contact info.  LINK FOR SCHEDULING:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a48adac2baafd0-confectionique

**Attendance at this event is limited to persons over the age of 16.  We must ask that everyone in attendance wear a face mask.**

For our next 3-day market May 21-23, help us welcome the arrival of warmth and "soleil" as we celebrate a vintage French summer!

School is almost 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 May 21st from 10am-5pm 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 May 22 from 10am-5pm and concludes on Saturday May 23 from 10am-5pm.




"Summer in Provence" SIGN UP HERE:


Thurs., May 21:      10am-5pm 
Friday, May 22:      10am-5pm
Saturday, May 23: 10am-5pm

A bientot,

Anastasia 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

OUR ONLINE SPRING MARKET IS OPEN!

As we promised, we have been working hard during the current emergency to open an online version
of our "Springtime in Paris" market.  Our online market is now open for business!  We want to thank all of you for your continued support during this difficult and challenging time for everyone.

You can find our online ETSY spring market by going to www.brocanturee.com or www.etsy.com/shop/Brocanturee   Just like our shop, our online market is divided into many sections -- we have something for everyone!

For everyone's health and safety, we can only accept payment online through the ETSY portal.  However, we can offer you a few options in terms of how you get your purchases.  We have included shipping charges on every item, so online orders involving multiple items may have seemingly high shipping charges at first.  We will charge only the actual shipping costs for the full order, and will refund to you any shipping overages once those are calculated upon shipment.

If you would rather pick up your items in our parking lot, include a message with your ETSY purchase or email us at confectionique@confectionique.com immediately after placing your order.  We'll refund all shipping charges once you pick up your items curbside in our parking lot.  We will offer pickup in our parking lot on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 2-5 between 2pm and 5pm.  We will need to know in advance the date and time you want pick up your order as well as the color and make of your vehicle.  We will bring your order out to you in the parking lot or pop it in your trunk for you.

Finally, we will offer local delivery of furniture in the Middleton area only.  If you have personal circumstances that make it difficult for you to leave the house safely, we will deliver other items also within the Middleton area.

Once again, thank you for your support during this emergency.  We hope you all remain healthy and
safe!

a bientot,

Anastasia


Can-Can Carré to Premiere in Paris in 2021!

Adam and I have been working closely with our employment agent, Jean-Pierre, at Emplois - Paris on Rue Rivoli for the past year. Jean-Pierre called a couple days ago to tell us the Moulin Rouge in Paris is looking for a hard-working couple with dance/music experience to manage this famous follies venue. Luckily we had already added our significant experience with music and dance to our resumes!

Pourquoi? Apparently, Charles Zidler, the current manager of Moulin Rouge, must take several months off to take care of some family affairs back in Portugal. After a long visa approval process and all things done in triplicate (as you know the French do), we have been hired to manage the wonderfully historic entertainment venue from April 1 to September 1, 2021.

One caveat:  We need to work with a new coordinator, Joseph Oller, who wants to create a "fusion experience" at this risque venue. Monsieur Oller wants to fuse the culturally transgressive cabaret with the traditionally puritan western square dance. It will be called Le Can-Can Carré!

You have no idea what a perfect fit this is for us. We not only play the bass guitar and drums, we won the prestigious Side Steppers square dancing competition in 1996 and traveled extensively with the Side Steppers Side Show Troupe! Le ye haw, we are destined for this assignment!

Imagine pairing the allemande left with a perfect battement, the Do-Sa-Do with the port d'armes and fusing the promenade with the grand écart
Can-can Carrée will premiere in Paris next year and will be the dance of the future!

What a spectacle this is certain to be!

Da Da-Do Sa Do- Da Da- Do Sa Do-Da Da- Do Sa Do-Da Da.....

Monday, March 16, 2020

Springtime in Paris: Supporting Each Other Wherever We Can.

Bonjour dearest friends,

We recognize things are changing rather quickly. Our Springtime in Paris market is beautiful and ready to open it's doors, but alas, it appears we will not open in person at our scheduled April market unless the current crisis situation improves significantly by then.

Community needs and safety come first. If you hoped to attend our regular April Springtime in Paris market, due to the needs of our community,  -unless the issues related to the corona virus greatly improves - we won't open our physical shop, but rather move to our virtual business with a French market website we are creating.

We will open our online French market  beginning Thursday April 2 at 8:00 am and throughout our market dates (We will publish details about the online French market at a later date.).

On our online French market, we hope to feature our specialty handmade treasures, vendor creations, and French goods. We know this is not like attending our markets in person, but if you cannot visit in person and we can't be together, we sure hope you will visit us "virtually".  Details about our online French market web link will be provided in a later post (about 2 weeks from now).

Naturally, things could change even further from where they are now, they could quickly improve or get worse, but we will operate from what we currently know and understand. We will update you again should further changes be required.

Many of you have reached out to ask how you can be of support to keep our doors open. Here is what you can do for us: 1) Take good care of yourselves and loved ones, so you can return to us as customers happy and healthy. 2) Do what you can to care for your neighbors and community and purchase only what you need to ensure necessities are available for everyone. 3) Shop online, not just with us, but with any small business in ways that feel comfortable for you.  In our small effort to help others, we will also shop with local businesses and  we will donate a portion of our online proceeds to Second Harvest food bank.

We adore each and every one of you and want you all to take care of yourselves and your family first. Hey, and let's stay connected on Facebook and Instagram! We always love your ideas and input.

Merci beaucoup for all the support you give to Confectionique and to each other. Sending a virtual kiss, kiss.

Anastasia and Adam
Mary, Connie Jean, Linda, Vicki and Leigh-Anne

Monday, February 17, 2020

April 2nd-5th: "Springtime in Paris!" ONLINE ONLY MARKET

***WE WILL OFFER AN ONLINE MARKET APRIL 2ND-5TH IN PLACE OF OUR IN PERSON MARKET.  DETAILS WILL BE PUBLISHED THE WEEK OF MARKET. ***

Believe it or not, by the time our next market arrives, Spring will be here!  The days will be noticeably longer, it will be warmer out, and the sun will just a little bit brighter.  To celebrate the coming of Spring, Confectionique's theme for our April market is  "Springtime in Paris", which we will feature from April 2nd-5th!

This year, we are combining our annual Easter market and our annual garden-themed market into one Spring fete!  What's more quintessentially Spring than visions of bunnies, chicks, and lambs?  The coming of Spring evokes all manner of flora, fauna and the ground and air coming alive again in so many ways, in addition to gardens and gardeners.  Our April market theme weaves all of these together into one tapestry.  We'll have a boutique full of Easter decor as well as Spring and garden delights -- all with a French twist, of course!


Easter is Sunday, April 12th this year -- we'll have tons of Paques (Easter) merchandise!  And remember -- Mother's Day (May 10th) is just a few months away, too.  We'll have a boutique full of lovely gifts from Paris -- let us help you fill your basket with vintage, Parisian and handmade treasures!

Join us for our "Springtime in Paris" market celebration!

"Springtime in Paris" Market Hours:

Thursday, April 2:             Noon-7pm            
Friday, April 3:                   10am-5pm
Saturday, April 4:              10am-5pm
Sunday, April 5:                  Noon-5pm

a bientot!

Anastasia 

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Feb. 14-15: "Bonne Chance" 2-Day Market !


Feeling lucky?  You should, because it's your lucky week!  If you missed our February "L'Amour" market last week or just want to come back for more French treasures, we're giving you a second chance with our special 2-day good luck market (or "Le Bonne Chance Marché") this Friday Feb. 14th and Saturday Feb. 15th.  We'll be open from 10am-5pm each day so you can have a second lucky chance to enjoy our market before we close until our next regular market in April!

The idea for this special event came to me on a recent buying trip to Paris.  As I wandered single file through my favorite Parisian market, following along with the rest of the shopping herd and passing one vendor after another, my eyes could hardly focus on just one item at a time. Then I saw the most glorious old sewing basket, standing with its doors open wide.  Inside were piles and piles of old threads that were intertwined with vintage metal thimbles, needle cards, buttons and a pair of divine, intricate sewing scissors. Already, I was plotting. My hands were already filled with bag handles from other purchases along the way. I  foolishly told myself, "This late in the day, no one will buy it. I can wait and find my way back later to make that old sewing box mine!"   But, there would be no Bonne Chance pour moi and that sewing box -- it was gone when I returned!

We decided to at least 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 April, here is your "Bonne Chance" to stock up on one of your French favorites or purchase a last-minute unique gift.

We can't wait to see you again!

February "Le Bonne Chance Marché" hours:

Friday Feb. 14:      10am-5pm
Saturday Feb. 15:  10am-5pm

a bientot,

Anastasia