Sunday, January 15, 2017

Come to Paris with Us This June!

A new year is time for new adventures!  Over the years, as we have prepared for our buying trips to Paris, we've been asked by many customers in a sweet, not-so-serious (but really a sort-of-serious) way... "Can you pack me in your suitcase?" Last September, we hosted our first tour of the flea markets of Paris in conjunction with Madison's Burkhalter Travel.  This year, again in cooperation with Burkhalter Travel, we are returning to France -- twice -- and you can come with us! First, pack your own suitcase to tour the flea markets of Paris with us as we return to the City of Light June 13-21.  And from September 4-12, we'll be hosting our first market tour in Provence in the south of France, featuring the cities of Nimes, Arles, Avignon and Orange.  (More details about the September tour to Provence can be found here!)


Hosts Anastasia and Adam
Confectionique's 2017 Paris Market Tour from June 13-21 will offer you the opportunity to feel right at home shopping the Paris flea markets and touring the city.  You will have the opportunity to learn more about the world of the Paris flea markets by meeting friendly French dealers and having the guidance of Anastasia and Adam.  The daily morning itinerary includes venues such as the markets at Aligre, Port de Vanves and La-Motte Piquet, the Marche aux Fleurs, and the neighborhoods of Montmartre, the Marais and St. Germain.  


Flea Markets Galore!
Afternoons and evenings will be spent exploring, experiencing and partaking in the pleasures of Parisian life.  We will have time together and you will have the freedom to search for some adventure on your own!

While on the tour, you will stay at the charming, 4-star Le Littre Hotel in the center of Paris, between the mythical neighborhoods of Saint Germain des Pres and Montparnasse.  Very Parisian by nature, you will enjoy the peace and quiet, comfort, friendliness and service quality of this hotel, which has been run by the same family since 1942.  All rooms have air conditioning, complimentary Wifi, a flat-screen TV with international channels, an individual safety deposit box and a minibar.  
The Bar at Le Littre Hotel

A stone's throw from the Parisian antique dealers and art galleries, Le Littre Hotel offers a quiet, plush setting for your stay in Paris.

Ready to come with us -- either to Paris in June or Provence in September?  For full trip details, join us for an informational meeting and soiree at Burkhalter Travel on Tuesday January 24th at 6:00 pm (rescheduled from Jan. 17th due to weather).  Just RSVP to Wendy Bartnick at Burkhalter at wbartnick@burkhaltertravel.com or (608) 833-6968 ext. 251.  

If you are unable to make the informational meeting at Burkhalter, email us at confectionique@confectionique.com and we'll send you Burkhalter's full brochure for either trip with information about price, tour inclusions and tentative itinerary!

Informational Meeting and Soiree:

Tuesday, January 24th  6:00 pm
Burkhalter Travel
6501 Mineral Point Road, Madison
Please RSVP to Wendy Bartnick at wbartnick@burkhaltertravel.com or
(608) 833-6968 ext. 251.


Au revoir,

Anastasia 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Join Us in Provence This September!

Enjoy a drink by the Roman Arena in Arles
Quaint markets, delicious wines and magnificent Roman sites -- just a few of the tantalizing experiences you can enjoy with us in Provence!  This September, in conjunction with Madison's Burkhalter Travel, we are hosting a tour of Provence in the south of France -- and we want you to join us.

Last year, we led our first-ever tour of the flea markets of Paris.  This year, we are returning to France -- twice!  First, pack your own suitcase to tour the flea markets of Paris with us as we return to the City of Light June 13-21.  And from September 4-12, we'll be hosting our first market tour in Provence, featuring the cities of Nimes, Arles, Avignon, Orange and Isle sur la Sorgue.  


Palace of the Popes, Avignon
Confectionique's 2017 Provence Tour from September 4-12 will offer you the opportunity visit ancient Roman monuments, taste the delightful wines of the region, and visit breathtaking markets in several cities.  

Popular and scenic, Provence came to worldwide attention in part due to the books of British expatriate Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence and other books about his life in the region.  Provence's purple lavender fields, craggy olive trees, multicolored vineyards, cliffs, gorges and ancient villages all await you!


Fabulous Provencal Markets!
The days and evenings will be spent exploring, experiencing and partaking in the pleasures of Provencal life.  We will have time together and you will have the freedom to search for some adventure on your own!

While on the tour, you will stay in the heart of Nimes at the charming 4-star, Art Deco-style Hotel Imperator.  Combining charm, comfort and tranquility, the Imperator is a legendary hotel that once hosted Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Ava Gardner and Jean Cocteau.  The hotel features a grandiose lounge, majestic gardens and spacious rooms.  Here and there an image of a torero brightens the rooms and the spirit of an artist pervades the hotel.

Hotel Imperator in Nimes
The Hotel Imperator is situated in the heart of the Roman city in the center of Nimes, a stone's throw away from the ancient Roman temple and arena.  The gourmet restaurant provides food lovers with fine cuisine influenced by the south of France, while the wine bar has many delights to enjoy.

Ready to come with us -- either to Paris in June or Provence in September?  For full trip details, join us for an informational meeting and soiree at Burkhalter Travel on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:00 pm (rescheduled from Jan. 17th due to weather).  Just RSVP to Wendy Bartnick at Burkhalter at wbartnick@burkhaltertravel.com or (608) 833-6968 ext. 251.  

If you are unable to make the informational meeting at Burkhalter, email us at confectionique@confectionique.com and we'll send you Burkhalter's full brochure for either trip with information about price, tour inclusions and tentative itinerary!

Informational Meeting and Soiree:

Tuesday, January 24th  6:00 pm
Burkhalter Travel
6501 Mineral Point Road, Madison
Please RSVP to Wendy Bartnick at wbartnick@burkhaltertravel.com or
(608) 833-6968 ext. 251.


Au revoir,

Anastasia 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

February: The "L'Amour" Market !

"Il n'y a qu'un bonheur dans la vie, c'est d'aimer et d'être aimé." (There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.). -- Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin (aka George Sand).


These words are the perfect expression of love for this time of year. For the month of February, Confectionique is all about L'amour  . . . and all that we love.  Stop by to say bonjour and to find something for your Valentine, or for yourself.  Our February market -- our first Valentine's-themed market in several years --  kicks off with Nuit Blanche on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 5-8pm and continues through Sunday, Feb. 12th! 

Valentine's Day can be about more than our beloved:  we thought it would be fun to celebrate the love of our many desires, the beautiful and inspiring things in and of life, anything and everything that brings us joy.  Well, like Paris, for example!  Do you have questions about how you can join us for our upcoming tour of Paris June 13-21, or our tour of Provence Sept. 4-12?  We'll be happy to answer them!

We can't wait to see you again when we open our doors for Nuit Blanche on Thursday Feb. 9 from 5-8pm.  Stop by to celebrate whatever you love in your life and help us start our eight year of Confectionique. . . we'll celebrate with you!

Won't you join us?

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


Thursday, February 9:    5pm-8pm
Friday, February 10:       10am-5pm
Saturday, February 11:   10am-5pm
Sunday, February 12:      Noon-5pm

a bientot,

Anastasia

Monday, November 28, 2016

Joyeux Noel Market & Sale Dec. 9-10 !

The secret is  out . . . yes it's true . . . we're opening the doors to our biggest holiday market of the year for two additional days in December! Did you miss our recent holiday markets?  We will have a special Joyeux Noel Holiday Market and Sale in case you couldn't visit us in November (or just want to come back for more holiday merriment)!  As a special thank you to our customers, all remaining jewelry will be 50% off, as well as all remaining  vintage French metal and glass kitchenware, enamelware and vintage coffee grinders.  We need to make room for new 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 2017 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!

"Joyeux Noel" Holiday Market and Sale:

Friday Dec. 9:           10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday Dec. 10:    10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Joyeux Noel,

Anastasia and Adam

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Nov. 17-20: "The Giving" Market!


This holiday season, we cannot take you to Paris, but we can bring a little Parisian Christmas to you.  Our "The Giving" market on November 17-20 is the last of our 2016 "Les Trois Fêtes" year-end holiday festivals -- and it's 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 decorations, crafts and gifts, and -- as always -- lots of new treasures that we just shipped back from our beloved Paris and from Provence!

We'll kick off the market on Thursday, November 17th with our sixth 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.  Remember, our biggest holiday festival of the season is a few weeks earlier than usual this year!




The market continues Friday November 18, Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20 (see hours below).  

We hope to see you soon -- remember, you can always RSVP here!

This year, we will be donating a percentage of our revenue from this market to Disability Rights Wisconsin, which works to ensure the rights of all citizens with disabilities through individual advocacy and system change.

"The Giving" Market November 17-20:

     
Thursday, November 17:            5pm-8pm 
Friday, November 18:                  10am-5pm
Saturday, November 19:            10am-5pm
Sunday, November 20:                Noon-5pm

A bientot,
Anastasia

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Nov. 3-6: 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. 3rd-6th, "Home for the Holidays," the second of our 2016 "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 gift ideas from our most recent buying trip to Paris.  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:          5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Nov. 4:                10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 5:           10am-5pm
Sunday, Nov. 6:              Noon-5pm

Au revoir,

Anastasia 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

October: The Haunted Ménagerie !

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 "The Haunted Menagerie" market is where the City of Light meets the darkness.  It's the first of our 2016 "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 6 from 5:00pm-8:00pm for Nuit Blanche and help us kick off our "Haunted Menagerie" market!  Enjoy a complimentary glass of (blood-red) wine while we celebrate all things Paris, and all things Halloweenish . . .

October "The Spooky French Chateau" Market Hours:



Thursday, Oct. 6:            5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Oct. 7:                  10am-5pm
Saturday, Oct. 8:            10am-5pm
Sunday, Oct. 9:                Noon-5pm

a bientot,

Anastasia