During my trip to France we had some interesting trips to the Brocantes. Fascinating places which are a cross between antique and charity shops. Everything they sell is 'pre-loved', some bits more than others.
My favourite so far is one in central Limoges called 'Emmaus 87, 78 Rue Armand-Barbes, Limoges, 87000. Not somewhere you could easily find as a tourist, but our fabulous hostess Jaki knew the way. It is a rambling warehouse inside and on the top floor is an amazing section full of old fabrics and linens. Only the fact that I am limited to hand-luggage, keeps me in check (yes I do this on purpose).
I had Christmas in mind when searching for things, so here are the beautiful little finds from this trip!!!!
My Christmas star! The detail is just amazing.
This type of crochet is definitely on my 'to do' list.
Then I found this:
The quality is not as good and it is a little damaged in places, also someone has changed yarn part way through and when you look closely you can see! But this is going to be part of my Christmas table decoration so you can't be too precious as things do get spilt.
Then I found the most special one of all. Not because of the workmanship or detail or pattern, but simply because it is knitted!!!!!
This is the first one I have found that is knitted, and it is now mine.
For me, items hold memories, and quite a few of my Christmas decorations are kept purely because of the memories they hold.
All these need a little TLC and cleaning, but christmas this year will be extra special when I add these items to all the other happy memories.
I also bought a new plate for my Christmas cake, I will have to show you nearer the time as is has already gone to my Mums to have the cake and icing added! There is a space on it for the cheese too, you cannot have Christmas cake without cheese.
Inspired by my January trip here, I was also on the hunt for some tiny new glasses for the Advocate and Baileys, definitely Christmas traditions in my house. I found these:
They are not complete sets, just a random few, but they are tiny and perfect, and I fell in love with them.
So in December I will be raising my 'pre-loved' glasses in a toast to Christmas memories, may they always be good ones.