Where I Buy French Antiques

4.24.2017

I have been a fan of French country style for many years and the first few years I didn't own any French antiques and only a couple of English antiques.  I decorated with mostly new furniture and accessories in French country style colors of brick reds, mustard yellows, sage greens and more when those colors were very popular. As time passed my taste and style changed. Not the French style of it, but the colors. I started leaning more towards neutrals and then adding in more blues, tans and soft greens and grays. I was very fortunate to travel to France three years ago on a brocante shopping trip and was able to ship home some purchases. I truly hope to go again some day, but will probably only buy things I can bring home on the plane. I have also found some wonderful French antiques right here in the states in antique shops, flea markets, Ebay and Etsy shops. You don't have to travel to France for some great finds.

This French buffet in the foyer is great for extra storage and I love the wood. This was found in Normandy in a large building filled with lots more goodies. 


My favorite find is the vaisselier that I found in a local antique mall for an incredible price. My best score ever!

My newest acquisition is another vaisselier or French hutch that I found on Ebay. It is from France, but sold by a vendor in Texas. I love the dark wood against the white wall.

This very old French farm table was found in an antique shop on my France trip in Normandy. The chairs were scored recently on Ebay from the same vendor as the dining hutch.

Not all my antiques are furniture. This confit pot was found in France, too. I have three of these. Two from France and one found in Florida while on vacation.
The mirror was found in a local flea market.

This chair that I found at a brocante in France is my favorite French chair. I love the shape of it and the rush seat. The large amber demijohn was also in France. You can find demijohns everywhere these days, but some are overpriced to me so I pass those and look for a bargain.

I lucked up in this gigantic demijohn while on vacation in Florida in a favorite shop that carries French antiques. I saw past the flaws on this as it was just concrete that had gotten splattered on it and dried. With a price tag of only $89 I figured I could get those off and I did. You can read how HERE.

This shape of this pretty table caught my eye in the same shop as the French farm table in my breakfast room. This table is in a different location now.

This is the inlaid top.

My collection of vintage copper molds were found in Etsy shops, Ebay and in local shops.

I found two of these long benches in France for a fabulous price and one moves around from spot to spot and is at the foot of the bed in the farmhouse style guest room for now and the other one stays on the stair landing. Another easy to find item you can find are the French market baskets like the one on top of the armoire. I have several that I have found locally.

My latest find is the sweet little baroque rococo mirror in the guestroom that I lucked up on in a local antique mall.

So if you are on the hunt for French antiques be sure to look around in your local antique shops, flea markets, fairs, Etsy shops and Ebay or maybe you can plan a nice trip to France. 😊

I stay away from very pricey online shops like 1st Dibs and Ruby Lane. You can look at those sites to view some pretty pieces though.

Thanks so much for all the sweet comments on yesterday's post and have an awesome week!

23 comments:

  1. I still love the brick reds, sunny yellows and sky blues in my French decorating, but I also love the softer colors you have changed to. You have some amazing pieces.

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  2. It's all beautiful!! thanks for sharing...
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  3. A beautiful collection of French antiques! Must say that the France trip was such an amazing experience...I too wish to go back for shopping and taking in that beautiful country of beautiful architecture, the country side, the quaint towns, the food and of course the antiques!

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  4. You have beautiful pieces, Kim. The vaisselier in the sitting room is still my favorite EVER!! It is just gorgeous!

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  5. You have such a beautiful collection Kim. Growing up with a French grandmother in a house filled with French furniture your home speaks to my heart!
    Rest and heal my friend!
    😘

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  6. Do you mind sharing the name of the eBay vendor where you purchased your dining room hitch and breakfast chairs?!

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    1. The shop is called French & English Antiques.
      http://www.ebay.com/usr/french-and-english-antiques?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

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  7. I had that exact blue and white toile quilt on my bed but I took it off and made it into our window seat cushion. I love the toile with the ticking. In fact, the cover is in the dryer right now and I'm thinking of putting the ticking side out this time for a change.

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  8. I think these are some of the most beautiful pictures you have ever posted. (and you've posted some good ones!) Better than most magazines.

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  9. Just amazing!!! I love all your find, Kim. It gives your home such character.

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  10. You have scored some truly beautiful pieces over the years, Kim. So wonderful that you were able to find such great things...and some of them in France no less. Love it. Hope you are doing better every day. xo Diana

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  11. We were talking with friends who have sold their antique-filled house in the north to their son, since they have moved south, near us. The son wants to get rid of all the antiques. The parents are horrified--not only have some been in the family for generations, but they are--or were--very expensive. But the new generation of French aren't interested. They want modern. So antique prices are going down. Makes it nice for those who are buying.

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  12. You have such beautiful pieces! You really have a gift for decorating. I'd vote for you to have your own show on HGTV, it could be a show all about French style decorating! You'd be great!

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    1. Awe, thanks Veronica, but this chick is not getting in front of a camera. :)

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  13. Oh my goodness, you have some gorgeous pieces! Love what you did in the guest bedroom!

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  14. Everything you have done is beautiful......

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  15. All looking so nice. It is a big project to start changing over your style. We have been doing this as well but love the new look. Is the vintage blacksmith sign a one only piece or available anywhere? thanks

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    1. That is from Ethan Allen and they still sell them.

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  16. Hi Kim! I love your style! Do you mind my asking... What are the dimensions of your French kitchen table? It looks a lot narrower than a standard American table, but one that would encourage good conversation. Thank you!

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    1. Yes, it is narrower than newer tables. It is 79.5 x 33.
      Thanks

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  17. I adore all of your French antiques, mon amie!

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  18. Your French antiques are so lovely! I was wondering about the cost of shipping an item such as a buffet from France to the US. Do you have an approximation?

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    1. If you go over there and shop and need to ship back large pieces then you have to pay for a shipping container. Three years ago that price was $5,000. Normally you try to fill one up or share it with others which is what we did.

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