Back in April, when our friends Gail, Zack and Nelly came to visit us, we took an adventure south to Le Loir and discovered an incredible shop which by happenstance, had just opened that day. I posted about it here. This real-life cabinet of curiosities has continued to fire my imagination even as the months have passed. I have longed to return
We did find ourselves in La Chartres sur le Lior one day in June and discovered then that the shop is only open one day a week, Sunday.
So last weekend, while James and Daniel were with us, we made a plan to go visit. Before leaving home we verified that the shop wasn't closed for vacation via SMS, which is the only way to reach the proprietor. We were informed that the hours are 11-13h! Obviously moving the merchandise is not a tremendously high priority.
That became even more evident when we arrived. The shop is so beautifully arranged, and so full of treasures and curiosities that it certainly provides extraordinary visual pleasure, but there is not a bargain in the place. In fact the prices are so high, it became clear that selling is far down the priority list of the owner. The price tags were at least double or triple what one would pay even at the Paris Flea Market and bargaining is not an option with this guy. He calls himself an antique dealer and scenic designer. I think his talent is for the later.
The shop is a pleasure to visit and provides lovely little still life arrangements and photographic opportunities, but I can't imagine I will ever be able to buy anything from this charming shop.
*Quoted from Lady Churchill
Closer to home we have this Brocante, not quite so beautifully arranged! We visited yesterday and although it is a mishmash of items both in and outside the shop, there are wonderful things to discover, and the quoted price is never the firm price.
I got this lovely and totally functional whip for 7€.