Dear Diva Readers,
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>The brains and beauty behind my favorite blog to be born in 2009 – She’s Shopping Now – is back Guest Blogging on The Antiques Diva™ site, sharing more tips in her series “Souvenirs de la Reine”.
In case you missed her past guest appearances writing on this topic, make sure to read:
Part 2: Guest Blog: Souvenirs de la Reine: le porte-cigarettes
Keep Shopping & Keep Making Memories,
The Antiques Diva™
(seen right making memories while shopping with La Reine at NYC’s GreenFlea)
Dear Diva Readers,
The past few months everyone has been wearing long, swingy, charm necklaces. You’ve seen them: crystals dangling, sparkly keys glittering, little hearts and suitcases tinkling. I’ve priced them: they’re either scary expensive or so cheap and plasticky I’d never wear them. So I’ve created my own charm necklaces and found a way to re-live mes souvenirs.
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Now I simply had to style them up – Diva Style!
When I moved away from Paris, my friend Rebecca of Chic Shopping Paris gifted me a pair of dangling earrings she made from antique Baccarat crystals she had found at brocantes. Sadly, in one of many moves I lost one of the earrings (actually it’s the movers fault – they lost one!) Et voila! The lone earring now swings enticingly from the platinum neck chain.
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The ideas are endless!
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I can easily swap out one souvenir for another. These souvenirs are no longer hidden in my drawers and tucked away in my memories. They’re displayed, talked about, and loved. And best of all, they make me look fabulous. Some things can’t be bought. Like memories.
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Le Grand Jardin Fayence – 70 vendors located in the historic center of Fayence, a medieval town near Nice.
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450 Vendors in the streets of the “centre ville”
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Maritime Brocante – 60 vendors “bord de mer” located on the Promenade Regates.
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Salon des Antiquaires – 65 vendors at the Espace Bellevue Le Capitole.
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85th annual Antiquities Fair/Brocante – 200 vendors at the Parc Gautier, Avenue des Quatre-Otage and Esplanade Robert Vasse.
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42nd Annual Foire aux Antiquites et a la Brocante – 100 vendors at the Esplanade du Berry
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Foire a la Farfouille – 1500 Vendors – Le Village
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145th Marche d’un Jour at the Parc des Expositions Chateaublanc – Aeroport
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Essentially a town-wide garage sale. 8000 vendors in centre ville.
Bordeaux – 14 September, 2008
Grand Déballage de Brocante at the Place du St Michel