Friday, August 15, 2008

From The Brocante


I went to a brocante today in nearby Tonneins and brought back a couple of wonderful items... First of all, for a mere €10 (US$15), I chose an old camera with a Carl Zeiss lens (the best!), that I was told still worked - as long as I find the necessary film, and also an ancient linen nightgown (€5, or US$7.50), with my initial, M, embroidered in red. I washed the nightgown and left it to dry under Southwestern France's hot sun to make it whiter and am eager to wear it to bed tonight.

20 comments:

raining sheep said...

I love that old camera - working or not, it is a beautiful piece that will be fun to display.

Anonymous said...

hope you can find some film!!!..and the camera is just beautiful as is, n'est pas? and loveeeeee the nightgown with the added bonus of a "m".
nancy

marie said...

nice finds :) i love the m

Kai said...

Fab old camera! I would love to get my mitts on something like that, that's in working condition. :)

Love the nightgown too. :D

andrea tachezy said...

Sleep well in your new nightgown :-)

tangobaby said...

What fanastic finds! That sounds like a dream brocante.

Even if that camera doesn't work, it's sure a cool looking thing.

mansuetude said...

I think you will have old dreams from another soul wearing that M to bed. :)

love the camera; you practically stole it. The Oracle must have sent you to shop.

yasu said...

ohhh lucky you!:)

A World in a PAN said...

Good finds, Marylaure! I love the camrea.

Mary-Laure said...

RAINING SHEEP and NANCY - yes, I also think it would be a great object to display, very retro. I love old typewriters and such items that are both beautifully engineered and stylish in their own retro way.

MARIE - maybe I should have gotten a nightgown for you too. I'll buy you one if I see one with an M before I leave.

MANSUETUDE - wow, I hadn't thought of the M-girl who slept in it before me. I hope her dreams won't haunt my nights!

Rina said...

que hermosa camara!!! me encantó, y me gustó mucho la letra M, es una inicial hermosa.

Katrina said...

my goodness, what delightful finds. and photos too. isn't there something so magical about finding our own initials? it's like it was written just for us!

Hila said...

I'm very very jealous ...

Merruli said...

That sure was a lucky visit to a brocante!

pia said...

awesome finds mary-laure!! and I lvoe the pic of the nightgown with the beautiful sky in the background. Hope the camera works and would love to see some of the film you shoot with it when you do! px

miss cavendish said...

Vintage nightwear is so delicious! It's probably so sweet and fresh from hanging outside on the line.

littlebird said...

oh i like the night gown, how fortunate it had the right initial on it.

Mary-Laure said...

MISS CAVENDISH - I love bedsheets and nightwear that's dried in the sun...

Mrs.French said...

such finds! I want them both...actually I have been wanting to start a camera collection. This one is exactly what I have been looking for.

lucy. said...

Lovely finds! I love monogrammed items- vintage especially.
I so enjoy that it was properly washed and sun dried to start it's life with the new 'M'.