Friday, 28 August 2015

A Visit to the Annual Antiques Fair at Chateau de Kerduel





August isn't the best month for visiting France on an antiques hunt, whilst there are many vide greniers and brocantes held, the weather, like the in UK, can be very nasty! 

It rained every day and I mean - really rained. One highlight though was a visit to the annual Foire aux Antiquit├ęs at the Chateau de Kerduel.








Not only is it a fantastic fair, with something for every budget, the location itself is stunning. The chateau, located in Pleumeur-Bodou in Brittany, dates back to the 12th century. Built by the Champagny family, it is surrounded with beautiful park lands and a large pond. 


According to myth, the chateau was visited by King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. Today, it is a popular visitor destination and home to the annual fair. There were dealers from every spectrum of the trade and some beautiful and bizarre sights. With stalls both inside and out there were thankfully places to escape from the rain while we shopped. And yes - we bought some very lovely things as well! 





















































Who Are We? 

Dazzle Vintage Furniture is an online boutique which specialises in selling authentic French armoires, antique mirrors and decorative accessories. We personally source all our items in France, scouring flea markets, fairs and antiques shops in Brittany and Provence.  




Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Shopping For French Vintage in Brittany


We shop all over France for our website but one of my most favourite places is Brittany. Often overlooked by tourists, this part of France is lovely, with many beautiful unspoilt towns and some amazing beaches.


Dazzle is based in Devon and we are lucky enough to have a regular ferry service to Roscoff in Brittany, making it the ideal location for a bit of vintage and antique shopping.


Leaving Plymouth on the night ferry


One of the great joys of vintage shopping in France is discovering a place packed full with quirky and unusual pieces. This shop was stacked with weird and wonderful curios including taxidermy, chalkware and a collection of beautifully colourful oil lamps.









Vintage and antique French linens are hugely popular in the UK, but it was hard to know where to start searching faced with this pile!



There's lots of fabulous antique taxidermy in France, sadly these 2 chaps were out of my price range. 





Here at Dazzle our great love is French armoires. These antique cupboards are brimming with beautiful details and often are incredibly well made. Thankfully Brittany has lots that still retain their original shelves and fitted interiors.





We were spoilt for choice on this trip, with many gorgeous and unique items. Not all of them made it back to the UK with us, but maybe next time!












Who Are We? 


Dazzle Vintage Furniture is an online boutique which specialises in selling authentic French armoires and decorative accessories. We personally source all our items in France and aim to inspire buyers to chose original French armoires over mass produced new.