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Introducing My French Finds’ New Owner!

Hi everyone, After more than five years selling vintage homewares, recently I made the decision to move onto something new. It’s been a great experience, always fun and has allowed me to fit work around caring for my two young boys. Now they are both off at school however, it’s time for a new challenge. I didn’t really want My French Finds to disappear, though, so it was wonderful to meet Aurélie of La Petite Brocante via Instagram. Aurélie was ready to expand her existing brocante business based in Queensland, and after some discussion, Aurélie will be taking over the My French Finds website...

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Le Marché aux Puces de Vanves, Paris

Le Marché aux Puces de Vanves is an amazing brocante market that has been a regular event in Paris since the 1920s.  And it’s an absolute must if you’re ever in Paris!  The market is held in the 14th arrondissement, which was a little out of the way for me, but I was fortunate enough to be able to meet up with Debbie, who works for The Antiques Diva in Paris, and we toured the market together. However, if you’re getting there by public transport – take the metro line 13 to Porte de Vanves. The market starts at Ave Marc Sangnier...

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“Escape to Provence” Competition

Hi everyone, I’m excited to be holding a new competition this month – it’s been a while since the last one!  Lately I have been collaborating with some wonderful new businesses, and hope to bring you more giveaways on a regular basis.  It’s a nice way to promote French-related products out there… and they’re fun! This competition will run for two weeks, so until the last day in August, which gives you plenty of time to enter and share with your friends on Facebook and Instagram. So let’s see what you’ll receive should you win this beautiful “Escape to Provence” competition…...

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French Vintage Style

I’ve run my own online vintage business for some years now, and it’s led me to discover some wonderful markets (often before dawn!), and also parts of the world. Hopefully I can share a little of my own thoughts on vintage style based what I have seen, take you on some ‘virtual’ tours through some amazing markets, and also write a little about solo travel…a new-found passion of mine, and something I would recommend to anyone. Today though, is about vintage style in France, and how the French approach buying for their home. In Australia, we tend to follow trends...

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Photographing Provence

I fall squarely into the ‘self-taught and amateur photographer’ category, but I was determined to capture some decent photos while travelling through Provence. Out of the 2,000-odd that I took, these are a few of my absolute favourites, which I thought I’d share with you.  They’re actually the last things I thought would make favourite photos: animals, food, a car and a stone wall!  However, I found it was these small details of life in Provence that captured the essence of rural France for me. A butterfly in Lacoste that kindly stayed on its flower long enough for me to frantically adjust manual camera...

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Place des Vosges, Morning Light & Crêpes au Citron

About two hundred metres from the apartment I stayed in was Place des Vosges, possibly the most beautiful square in all of Paris. Even though it was so close by, it took me a few days to find the time to go – so early one sunny morning I headed straight there. It was around 7:00am on a Sunday when I arrived. There was no-one to be seen. I couldn’t quite believe this. In such a stunning place in the city, if not the world, not one Parisian was there to admire the buildings, bathed in the golden morning light? Not to mention...

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