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, October 1, 2015

Vintage with a Mod-Twist!

Our Spooky French Chateau market is right around the corner. As you may know, Confectionique likes to support  and feature other creative artists at our Thursday night market events. We are delighted to announce Karen and Josh Quinn of  Mad Mod Vintage will be joining us in the lobby for our Nuit Blanche from 5-8pm on Thursday October 8!

Karen and Josh began collecting Mid-Century modern items and collectible books over 5 years ago. Karen enjoys creating craft pieces with a vintage twist such as notebooks, journals, clipboard art, and greeting cards. 

The Quinns currently sell through Facebook and at antique fairs and flea markets in southern Wisconsin. They are opening a retail location in the fall of 2016 in Madison. They look forward to serving the community with vintage finds and recycling and re-purposing these gems from the past.

Be sure to visit Karen and Josh in the lobby, they are a delightful couple and you are certain to find a special handmade vintage treasure with a Mod Twist!

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 boo-ientot!

Thursday, September 17, 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!)

We hope you can come with us!  If you have questions, join us at Burkhalter's offices at 6501 Mineral Point Road, Madison, for a Paris Market Tour Soiree and informational meeting Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

In the meantime, we'll see you at our next market -- "The Spooky French Chateau" October 8-11!

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,

Anastasia and Adam

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!

"A Package from Paris" Sept. 16-17 !

"America is my country and Paris is my hometown." --  Gertrude Stein

We are "home" again  . . . in Paris. 

We hope you'll join us for our first "A Package From Paris" adventure of 2015!  This is your opportunity to shop vintage Paris markets with us in real time.  All you need to do is join this event on Facebook or like our Brocanturee "Package From Paris" Facebook page.  At 4:00pm Central Time on Wednesday Sept. 16 we will publish new vintage market finds available from our Brocanturee Etsy store -- the first person to purchase each item gets it shipped directly to them from Paris.  Who wouldn't want to receive a Package from Paris?  The last day to purchase will be Thursday, Sept. 17 at 11:55 pm CDT!

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 . . . Brocanturee's "A Package From Paris" is your opportunity to shop in vintage Paris -- but you won't have to pack a suitcase to tour the flea markets of Paris with us!

  "A Package From Paris" gives its participants a limited-time opportunity to purchase a selection of vintage treasures from Paris  -- at a reduced price! If you're the first to purchase a treasure or find we list for sale, you'll get a Package From Paris!

All it takes is a click of your computer's mouse to participate.  

Visit.  Shop.  Paris!

Confectionique's "A Package from Paris":

Wed. Sept. 16th starting at 4:00 pm CDT!

A bientot!

Anastasia and Adam

Friday, September 4, 2015

Living a Dream....

When others ask what I "do for a living," after I tell them, many will  say, "Oh, you are living my dream."

Now, I'm certain this sentiment is probably not meant to describe their desire to be a clinical social worker (which is my day job), but rather their desire to  have the time, the resources or the inclination to explore new horizons and to try on their dreams. Certainly, the deepness of human experience is the very desire to meditate on the possibilities of exploration and having the opportunity for it. Former Apollo astronaut Frank Borman once said, "Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit."

I have been fortunate not only to have a career as a social worker (remind me I said that the next time I have a bad day) and the time to live dreams beyond my career.  Living my dream has come with some sacrifice, some growing pains, disappointment and failures, but the flip side has been grand beyond measure. Exploration for me has been more than having a business, it has been the process of growing from all that comes with it.

It is always about a couple weeks before I leave for yet another trip to my favorite destination that I remind myself how far our little Confectionique has grown, how much I have learned and how much there is left to explore.  I am living my dream.  I hope that you are living yours as well. Whether it be growing a beautiful garden, running a marathon, raising children or finally getting the job you always wanted, may you know the deepness and connection to what you dream of most.

If Paris is your dream, we hope you will follow along on our September 2015 journey as we explore the familiar and find the unexpected, meet up with old friends and make new ones, explore the flea markets Paris and find the most perfect little treasures.

Merci beaucoup to all of you for all your love and support.

A bientot,

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Next: "Les Trois Fêtes" of 2015!

Now that summer is winding down and our "Paris Apartment" market is behind us, we are excited to tell you what's next for Confectionique!  After hosting markets on the second weekend of every other month for most of 2015, starting in October we'll be going monthly for the rest of the year.

We are delighted to present "Les Trois Fêtes" (the three festivals) of Confectionique for 2015!

October:  The Haunting, la première fête, is our annual Halloween market from Oct. 8th-11th -- this year's theme is "The Spooky French Chateau!"

November:  The Feasting, la deuxième fête, will be our annual celebration of holiday gathering from Nov. 12th-15th, this year with the theme "The Holiday Home."

December:  The Giving, la troisième fête, is our annual celebration of holiday gifting from Dec. 10th-13th, and this year's theme is "A Merry Christmas . . . in Paris!"

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

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,