Monday, February 11, 2019

Feb. 15-16: "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. 15th and Saturday Feb. 16th.  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. 15:      10am-5pm
Saturday Feb. 16:  10am-5pm

a bientot,

Anastasia

Friday, January 18, 2019

February 7-10: 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. 7 from 5-8pm and continues through Sunday, Feb. 10th! 


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.  


We can't wait to see you again when we open our doors for Nuit Blanche on Thursday Feb. 7 from 5-8pm.  Stop by to celebrate whatever you love in your life and help us start our tenth year of Confectionique. . . we'll celebrate with you!

Won't you join us?

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


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

a bientot,

Anastasia

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A New Year Begins at Confectionique!

Are you ready for 2019 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 nine 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 2019 at Confectionique.  We are introducing a new market schedule -- we will be having our first Valentine's-themed market in a few years Feb. 7-10.  Our April market -- our "Springtime in Paris" market April 4-7 -- will combine both our annual Easter-themed market with our annual spring and garden market for one festive welcome for warmer weather!  (Special note:  our April market will be one week earlier than normal!)  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.  Then we'll be ready to cap off the year with  2019's Les Trois Fetes:  The Haunting (October), The Feasting (November) and The Giving (December)!

We hope to see you at our Valentine's-themed "L'Amour" market Feb. 7-10.  We certainly want you along for the ride in 2019!  If you still need our 2019 market card, email us at confectionique@confectionique.com -- 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 7:    5pm-8pm
Friday, February 8:         10am-5pm
Saturday, February 9:     10am-5pm
Sunday, February 10:      Noon-5pm

Bonne Annee,


Anastasia 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Extra Merriment Hours Dec. 14-15 !

The secret is  out . . . yes it's true . . . we're re-opening the doors to our biggest holiday market of the year for two additional days, starting this Friday Dec. 14th 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 stop by 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 2019 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 confectionique@confectionique.com .  Merci!

"Extra Merriment Hours" Holiday Market:

Friday Dec. 14:           10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday  Dec. 15:      10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Joyeux Noel,

Anastasia

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dec. 6th-9th: 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 on December 6th-9th is the last of our 2018 "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 6th with our eighth 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!  We'll also have a drawing for door prizes, and -- since it is our Giving market -- a special gift for those who attend Thursday night, which we will announce shortly!




The market continues Friday December 7, Saturday December 8 and Sunday December 9 (see hours below).  

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


"The Giving" Market December 6th-9th:

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

A bientot,
Anastasia

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Nov. 8-11: 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. 8th-11th, "Home for the Holidays," the second of our 2018 "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 our most recent buying trip to Paris and Provence.  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. 8:          5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Nov. 9:               10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 10:         10am-5pm
Sunday, Nov. 11:             Noon-5pm

a bientot,

Anastasia 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Oct. 11-14: "The Menacing Maison !"

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 Menacing Maison" market is where the City of Light meets the darkness.  It's the first of our 2018 "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 11th from 5:00pm-8:00pm for Nuit Blanche and help us kick off our "Menacing Maison" 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 "The Midnight Chateau" Market Hours:



Thursday, Oct. 11:            5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Oct. 12:                  10am-5pm
Saturday, Oct. 13:            10am-5pm
Sunday, Oct. 14:                Noon-5pm

a bientot,

Anastasia