Yesterday I went “brocanting” back home in Atlanta. Scott’s Antique Market is an enormous antique/flea market held the second full weekend of every month in two very large warehouses, with additional brave sellers set up outside. I say brave because in Atlanta it can be a sweltering 97 degrees outside, like it was yesterday, or at below freezing temps in the winter. I once got a steal on a mahogany marble top table outside, but I suspect it was because it was the last day and the poor fella was dying from the heat and just wanted to go home.
I have found numerous items there over the years, from furniture I currently have in my own home, to art to silver and lots of small objects. You can find everything there from authentic French antique furniture and mirrors, dishes from around the world, LOTS of sterling, civil war memorabilia, linens and artwork, to vintage jewelry, mid-century furniture and decorative items — you name it.
Sometimes we go just to see how the dealers stage their booths and get decorating ideas. Burlap is very big here. Sometimes it feels like if you just cover it in burlap, it will be more attractive.
And at the end of the day, I bought a $5 glass pitcher for the beautiful silver tablespoons that I brought back from Provence. Now they can stay out on the kitchen counter where I will see them and use them every day, and every time be reminded of the brocantes that I can’t wait to revisit, and where treasure after treasure awaits.