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,

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,


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,


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Next: "Les Trois Fêtes" of 2016!

Now that summer is winding down and our recent markets are behind us, we are excited to tell you what's next for Confectionique!  Starting in October, we are delighted to present "Les Trois Fêtes" (the three festivals) of Confectionique for 2016!

October:  The Hauntingla première fête, is our annual Halloween market from Oct. 6th-9th -- this year's theme is "The Haunted Menagerie!"  Something wicked is arriving from France!

November 3 - 6:  The Feastingla deuxième fête, will be our annual celebration of holiday gathering, this year with the theme "Home for the Holidays."

November 17-20:   The Givingla troisième fête, is our annual celebration of holiday gifting --  Bringing holiday joy to those you love!

That's it!  This year, we plan to wrap up our scheduled markets before Thanksgiving, so plan on shopping early for the holidays.  We can't wait to see you!

In conjunction with each of these three year-end festivals, we'll be having special events and treats for you -- stay tuned for more information!  We hope you will plan to join us for these three very festive markets!

October "Haunted Menagerie" 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,


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mini-Marché 50% Sale Aug. 4th-5th !

Bonjour, friends!  Ah, the long days of summer:  The lightning bugs, knee-high corn stalks, and Confectionique's secret plans to lure you back one more time this summer.

We hope you are available to visit during our special two-day sale on Thursday August 4th from 5pm-8pm (for a little Nuit Blanche celebration) or Friday August 5th from 10am-5pm. Here are the top five reasons we are opening our doors one more time before autumn:

5.  We have received many requests asking if we would open again before the holidays.
4. We are off to France in September, and you know what the means: More authentic French inventory. We need to make room!
3. We can't seem to find our hammer. Perhaps if we sell more merchandise we will find it!
2. It's just in our nature to be a little unpredictable . . .
1. We sincerely miss seeing all of you!

So, if we have a sale, we like to have a serious sale!  Our August Mini-Marché sale will feature 50% off all furniture (excluding buffets and hutches -- sorry!), 50% off all lamps and 50% off wall art too. Plus, we will have a "Suite Sale" room with a variety of goodies at 50% off also. Here is your opportunity to find summer gift goodies. RSVP here, s'il vous plait, so we know how many libations to plan for.  This will be your last opportunity to shop Confectionique before our October market!

August's Special Mini-Marché Sale Hours:
Thurs., Aug. 4:      5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Aug. 5:      10am-5pm

A bientot,


Sunday, June 5, 2016

June 10-12: "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.  And a passion for practicality and efficiency embodied in style. 

We want to share our vision of the Paris apartments we have grown to love over the years -- please join us at Confectionique's "The Paris Apartment" Market June 10-12th, part "deux" of our two-week Summer Market Fete that starts the week before on June 2nd with our "Summer in Provence" market!

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.

Since summer can be the time of year to begin thinking about moving into your first college apartment, fixing up the bedroom your college-bound child just vacated, or planning for the upcoming holidays, our Paris Apartment market is the perfect decorating market for you.

Our goal at the Paris Apartment market will be to have stylish yet functional furnishings, linens and decorative pieces that really give your space a sense of individuality.

We hope you will join us at the Paris Apartment market where you will feel inspired to live in style!

"The Paris Apartment" Market Hours:

(No Thursday hours on June 9th)
Friday, June 10:      10am-5pm
Saturday, June 11: 10am-5pm
Sunday June 12:     Noon-5pm

A bientot,