Thursday, November 19, 2015

December: "The Giving" Market

Our hearts are heavy this holiday season with concern for our many friends in our beloved Paris, and for all the French people.  It is natural at such a time that our thoughts turn to what we can do for others. 

This holiday season, we cannot be there with our Parisian friends, but we can bring a little Parisian Christmas to you.  Our "The Giving" market on December 10-13 is the last of our 2015 "Les Trois Fêtes" year-end holiday festivals -- and it's focus will be on bringing holiday joy to those you love!   Our December market 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!

We'll kick off the market on Thursday, December 10 with our fifth 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 few other special surprises in store!

The market continues Friday December 11, Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13 (see hours below).  As with our November market, we will be donating a percentage of the revenue from our December market to the French Red Cross in memory of those lost and injured in the recent Paris attacks.

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

December "The Giving" Market:

Thursday, December 10:            5pm-8pm 
Friday, December 11:                  10am-5pm
Saturday, December 12:            10am-5pm
Sunday, December 13:                Noon-5pm

A bientot,
Anastasia and Adam

Friday, November 6, 2015

November: 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, "Home for the Holidays", the second of our 2015 "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.

A special note:  For Nuit Blanche on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 5pm-8pm, we'll be featuring two very special guests in the lobby, David Curtis of Whisper Hollow Farms and Allison of Dinky Dairy!

No matter how far away you roam . . . there's no place like home for the holidays!

November "The Holiday Home" Market Hours:

Thursday, Nov. 12:          5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Nov. 13:                10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 14:           10am-5pm
Sunday, Nov. 15:              Noon-5pm

Au revoir,


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Come to Paris with Us Next Year!

Hosts Adam and Anastasia
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?" We all laugh, but it also got us to thinking . . . and now you can plan on packing your own suitcase to tour the flea markets of Paris with us!

Carousel at the Eiffel Tower
In cooperation with Middleton's Burkhalter Travel, we will be leading our first Paris Market Tour next year from September 13-21, 2016.  Confectionique's Paris Market Tour 2016 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 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.  

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.

The Bar at Le Littre Hotel
Ready to go?  For full trip details, including price, tour inclusions and tentative itinerary, click here for the full brochure -- just click the blue download button to download the file!  (If the file does not download, email us at and we'll send you a copy!)

In the meantime, we'll see you at our next market -- "Home for the Holidays" November 12-15!

November "The Holiday Home" Market Hours:

Thursday, Nov. 12:          5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Nov. 13:                10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 14:           10am-5pm
Sunday, Nov. 15:              Noon-5pm

Au revoir,


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Felty Fun at Nuit Blanche

We are delighted to feature two artists on Thursday November 12th from 5-8pm as we kick off this month's "Home for the Holidays" market. You will enjoy meeting Allison of Dinky Dairy and meet her delightful and whimsical felt handiwork friends at our Nuit Blanche. We first met Allison in Baraboo and were just smitten with her handmade owls, cats, houses and birds. 

Allison has been crafting and creating from an early age, but it was the discovery of felting wool that excited her most. She said it was creating through felting that brought her into her own. Nowadays, Allison fancies herself as a folk artist. Allison says, "Folk means something that’s imperfectly executed with great intention and heart.  This describes not only my sewing, but ME!"

Allison enjoys crafting from recycled wool, cashmere and cotton.  Generally these materials are thrift store bargains and blankets that she washes and then felts in her 1968 Speed Queen.  Alliston says, "I strive toward whimsy, and usually arrive somewhere nearby with pillows to garlands and lots of owls in between."  She makes all of her felt treasures in her "craft camper" outside of Sauk City!               

Don't miss Allison and her felted friends at our Nuit Blanche on Thursday November 12th from 5-8pm.  You are certain to find a whimsical creature that will melt your heart!

November "The Holiday Home" Market Hours:

Thursday, Nov. 12:          5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Nov. 13:                10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 14:           10am-5pm
Sunday, Nov. 15:              Noon-5pm

Au revoir,


An "abundance" of talent at Nuit Blanche

We are delighted to feature two artists on Thursday November 12th from 5-8pm as we kick off this month's "Home for the Holidays" market.  We would like to introduce David Curtis of Whisper Hollow Farm. When we first met David, I knew he would be a perfect fit for our November market where the pairing of family  and  delicious food represent much of what Thanksgiving means to many of us. I have asked David to share his story with our customers...


 Whisper Hollow Farm -preserving the best of summer's bounty- sprouted from the desire for home grown food free of commercial chemicals and modified plant species, and grew into a small enterprise producing preserved products for discerning clients.
      Our repertoire of summer’s best includes Rhubarb to Raspberry, Currant to Cranberry, Strawberries, Peaches, and a whole lot more. All put together in classical or creative jams, jellies, relishes, salsas, preserves, and chutneys. Handmade in small batches, all products we sell are free of agricultural chemicals, non GMO, gluten free, and use only cane sugar. I make these to eat myself and share with family and friends.
     I am David Curtis, from Whisper Hollow. Was born and raised on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin. It was hard work and long hours. What I remember most fondly though, was the fresh food. From real milk, home churned butter, fresh eggs and vegies, life was good. I grew up, grew away and spent 25 years living urban life in Boston. I had spent six months in Paris in college, so I had developed a taste for good food. In Boston I was able to be a chef, pastry chef, server, and manager of several nice high quality restaurants and catering companies. My taste for good food only increased and developed into becoming the need to know where my food comes from and how it is prepared.
      Now back in Wisconsin, I’ve come to enjoy growing as well as preserving the beautiful jewels of summer. Luckily their bounty is such that I have much to share. Look for us at the Sunday Summer Market on the square in Baraboo, the Poynette/Lake Wisconsin farmer’s market, and other select venues including: “Confectionique”, the unique and charming Boutique de Paris at the airport in Middleton. Join us for their Holiday open house on Thursday, November 12. Then I’m going back to Paris……

Thursday night will be the perfect opportunity for you to purchase the best in homemade preserves! Merci David for taking to time to join in for Nuit Blanche!

November "The Holiday Home" Market Hours:

Thursday, Nov. 12:          5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Nov. 13:                10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 14:           10am-5pm 
Sunday, Nov. 15:              Noon-5pm

Au revoir,


Friday, October 2, 2015

October: A Haunted French Chateau!

France is haunted.

No doubt -- there are spooks 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 French Chateau" market is where the City of Light meets the darkness.  It's the first of our 2015 "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 8 from 5:00pm-8:00pm for Nuit Blanche and help us kick off our "Haunted French Chateau" 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. 8:            5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Oct. 9:                  10am-5pm
Saturday, Oct. 10:            10am-5pm
Sunday, Oct. 11:                Noon-5pm

a bientot,


Thursday, September 10, 2015

"A Package from Paris" to Begin Soon!

"Hey Jean-Paul, I just read that Confectionique will be hosting it's Package from Paris event again."

"You're right Henri, but there are some useful facts we need to know before we get started."

Jean-Paul and Henri are excited. We hope you are too, but read the "Users Guide" to make certain you know how this event works.

The Users Guide to a Package From Paris.

Our "A Package from Paris" (PFP) event is really quite easy. On Sept. 16th at 4:00 pm CDT we will publish several vintage Paris market finds on our "Brocanturee's A Package from Paris" Facebook page -- just "like" the page to keep track or, even better, join this event on Facebook. If you see something you want, click on the link. This link will take you to the item's listing in our "Package from Paris" section of our ETSY shop, Brocanturee, where you can purchase it and have it shipped to you directly from Paris!  Who wouldn't want to receive a Package from Paris?

Tips to Remember:

1. This is a "first to purchase, first to win" program.
2. In general each item is one-of-a-kind. It's not easy for us to find the same item again.
3. If you put the item in your ETSY cart someone else can still purchase the item until you complete the purchase. If you really want the item, it's best to purchase it right away and not try to "save it" in your cart.
4. Be careful. If the item you wanted was already purchased, ETSY may make suggestions on other similar items from stores not associated with Brocanturee or "A Package from Paris."
5. The very last day to purchase from PFP is Thursday Sept. 17th at 11:55 PM CDT. After that, the items will be taken off ETSY pending our return to the United States.
6. It will cost you less to purchase through PFP even with the shipping, since we won't have to bring the items back with us.
7. Have fun! "A Package from Paris" is supposed to get you close to the Paris market experience!