Sunday, January 5, 2020

A New Year Begins Again at Confectionique!

Are you ready for 2020 at Confectionique?  We have a wonderful group of truly creative women who have brought treasures each market with excitement and enthusiasm since our doors first opened ten years ago. We have a wonderful landlord and friends at the airport, a glorious space to help make all our creative dreams come true, and we have all of you -- our loyal friends and customers.

Some of you we see each market, some every few markets and some only for specific markets. We have so enjoyed seeing the happy faces of our established customers and the new ones that continue to find us one way or another.

Some of you have traveled along with us to Paris and to Provence, and all of you have encouraged us every step of the way as we move in other creative directions. For all this, and so much more, we are so very grateful and simply couldn't imagine something else more fun than opening our doors to you at Confectionique!

But, to avoid dullness and complacency, we decided it was time to shake things up a bit for 2020 at Confectionique.  In order to relieve overcrowding on Thursday nights, we have decided to "retire" our usual Nuit Blanche Thursday night market openings and replace them with a Thursday La Première du Marché (Market Premiere) with expanded hours from Noon-7pm on the Thursday of each regular market.  That's an extra four hours to shop our Thursday market openings!

We are also introducing a new market schedule -- we will kick off the year with our Valentine's themed market Feb. 6th-9th.  Our April market -- our "Springtime in Paris" market April 2-5 -- will combine both our annual Easter-themed market with our annual spring and garden market for one festive welcome for warmer weather!  In June we'll host our annual "Summer in Provence" vintage market, and August will be "The Paris Apartment" -- our annual home or maison market with delightful yet affordable luxury items from France.  Then we'll be ready to cap off the year with  2020's Les Fetes de NoelThe Feasting (November, focused on holiday decorating and entertaining) and The Giving (December, focused on holiday gifting)!

We hope to see you at our Valentine's-themed "L'Amour" market Feb. 6th-9th.  We certainly want you along for the ride in 2020!  If you still need our 2020 market card, email us at -- all we need is your name and mailing address and we'll pop one in the mail for you!

Confectionique's February "L'Amour" market hours:

Thursday, February 6:    Noon-7pm
Friday, February 7:         10am-5pm
Saturday, February 8:    10am-5pm
Sunday, February 9:       Noon-5pm

Bonne Annee,


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Dec. 12, 13 & 14: Extra Merriment Hours !

The secret is  out . . . yes it's true . . . we're re-opening the doors to our biggest holiday market of the year for three additional days, starting this Thursday Dec. 12th from 10am-5pm, continuing Friday Dec. 13th from 10am-5pm and concluding this Saturday from 10am-5pm! As is our custom, we will have a special "Extra Merriment Hours" Last-Chance Holiday Market in case you couldn't visit us in earlier (or just want to come back for more holiday merriment).  Santa's plane is landing one more time at Confectionique this season, so skate on over to find the perfect French-imported gifts for your loved ones and help us make room for more French merchandise in the New Year!

We still have lots of holiday stocking stuffers, gifts and handmade crafts for you and your loved ones, plus beautiful vintage treasures from the flea markets of Paris.  And if you haven't yet picked up your 2020 market card with our new schedule, you'll want to do that -- we're shaking things up a bit for the new year!

We hope to see you and share some holiday cheer with you.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by joining our Facebook event here or emailing us at .  Merci!

"Extra Merriment Hours" Holiday Market:

Thursday Dec. 12:      10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday Dec. 13:           10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday  Dec. 14:      10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Joyeux Noel,


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Dec. 5th-8th: The "Merry Miracles" Market!

This holiday season, we cannot take you to Paris, but we can bring a little Parisian Christmas to you.  Our "Merry Miracles" market Dec. 5th-8th is the last of our 2019 "Les Trois Fêtes" year-end holiday festivals -- The Giving!  Our focus will be on bringing holiday joy to those you love.   Our last holiday market of the year will feature all that shimmers this holiday season, including tons of  lovely handmade and vintage holiday gifts and crafts 
and -- as always -- lots of new treasures that we just shipped back from our beloved Paris and other favorite French locations.  This December, you can shop like a Parisian, and live like the French!

We'll kick off the market on Thursday, December 5th with our ninth annual Fete de Bon Hiver (Good Winter Fest), again featuring the wonderful live holiday jazz piano of Madison's Steve Banik in the lobby, as well as our traditional complimentary refreshments and holiday cheer

The market continues Friday December 6, Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8 (see hours below).  

We hope to see you soon -- remember, you can always RSVP by joining the Facebook event here!

The "Merry Miracles" Market Hours Dec. 5th-8th:

Thursday, December 5:            5pm-8pm 
Friday, December 6:                 10am-5pm
Saturday, December 7:            10am-5pm
Sunday, December 8:               Noon-5pm

A bientot,

Friday, October 18, 2019

Nov. 7-10: 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 is now 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. 7th-10th, "Home for the Holidays" the second of our 2019 "Les Trois Fêtes" year-end holiday festivals -- The Feasting!  We'll have tons of 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. 7:          5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Nov. 8:               10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 9:           10am-5pm
Sunday, Nov. 10:           Noon-5pm

a bientot,


Monday, October 14, 2019

Thursday Oct. 17th: Our 5-Hour "Bonne Chance" Market AND Halloween Sale!

Feeling lucky?  You should, because it's your lucky week!  If you missed our "Fete d'Halloween" market last week or just want to come back for more spooky yet classy fun, we're giving you a second chance with our special 5-hour  good luck market (or "Le Bonne Chance Marché") this Thursday October 17th from 3pm-8pm.  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!  (Note the special early opening at 3pm.)  We're also having a Halloween sale!

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 November, here is your Bonne Chance to stock up on one of your French favorites or purchase a last-minute spooky treasure to get ready for the spookiest day of the year!  As an added bonus, select Halloween merchandise will be 50% off.  Help us make room for our upcoming holiday markets!

We can't wait to see you again!

October "Le Bonne Chance Marché" hours:

Thursday October 17:      3pm-8pm

a bientot,


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Oct. 10-13: Our "Fête d'Halloween" Market!

France is haunted.

No doubt -- there are spirits in the air in France.

Don't believe me?  Then spend some time in the Paris Catacombs. This deep underground cave devoted to the bones of the dead is certain to make you believe in all things ghostly. How about Pere Lachaise cemetery? The cobblestone walkways between the ancient graves sometimes feel that they will cave under your feet. And what about some of the crypts that are no longer completely sealed? I dare you to peek inside one of them on a cold, crisp autumn night.

One of my favorite things to do when I visit Paris with my hubby Adam is to wander the narrow cobblestone streets of the oldest parts of the City of Light late at night and breathe in the history and romance of this ancient place.  Sometimes it's really quite creepy to look up at the dark, imposing shadows of the Concierge, where Marie Antoinette spent her last days imprisoned before meeting her sad fate . . . Even the river Seine has a certain eeriness about it when the wind is blowing and you can only hear the faint sounds of traffic above and the rippling water below.

Confectionique's October "Fete d'Halloween" market is where the City of Light meets the darkness.  It's the first of our 2019 "Les Trois Fêtes" year-end holiday festivals at Confectionique!

What scares you? At Confectionique, we will do our best to creep you out just a little bit -- but with Paris style, naturally!

I hope you will join us on Thursday, October 10th from 5pm-8pm for Nuit Blanche and help us kick off our "Fete d'Halloween" market as we celebrate all things Paris, and all things Halloweenish.  (Or should we say "Hallo-oui-nish?)  Get ready for a spooky season filled with autumn delights!

October "Fete d'Halloween" Market Hours:

Thursday, Oct. 10:            5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Oct. 11:                  10am-5pm
Saturday, Oct. 12:            10am-5pm
Sunday, Oct. 13:                Noon-5pm

a bientot,


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

August 8-11: "The Paris Apartment" !

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 8-11th!  This year, our Paris Apartment market is inspired by -- and pays homage to -- the fashion and style of the great Parisian designer Coco Chanel.  Click here for a sneak peek of the treasures we have in store for you!

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, like Coco Chanel, to live in style.  Shop like a Parisian, live like the French!

**Due to high interest, we will be opening at 4pm (one hour earlier than normal) for Nuit Blanche on Thursday August 8th.** 

"The Paris Apartment" Market Hours:

Thursday, Aug. 8:   4pm-8pm 
Friday, Aug. 9:        10am-5pm
Saturday, Aug. 10:  10am-5pm
Sunday, Aug. 11:      Noon-5pm

A bientot,