Vintage French Brocante

At last! The return of the French Book Arts Ephemera Boxes. Each parcel is filled with vintage French treasure to inspire your art journals, junk journals, collage, altered books, or other mixed-media work. Each box is curated by hand and is filled with hard-to-find handwritten paper, post cards, cabinet photos, and French brocante, all authentic and little pieces of mysteries and unfinished stories that have been waiting to be found. Here is a video of an unboxing or if you prefer there are photos at the end of this post.

While every box is different, each contains:

  • Five yards French linen thread (unwaxed);
  • Vintage tin (distressed);
  • buttons;
  • Three handwritten cartes postales;
  • Edition of La Mode Illlustrée, a womans fashion magazine dating from the 1870s to the 1880s. Four pages;
  • handwritten legal documents (actes notaires);
  • French dictionary pages, 1842, four pages;
  • Signatures from various French texts, 1611-1878;
  • Three cartes de visites (photographs), circa 1880s;
  • Four playing cards (jeu de tarot), 1870;
  • Five vintage prayer/holy cards;
  • Edition of Bulletin Des Lois (1835 to 1854). Printing is letterpress and they open to 16” x 20”.
  • Three large pages of ads from L’Universe (1861) or Femina (1911);
  • Five hand-lacquered mother-of-pearl shells;
  • 10ml sample of handmade walnut ink;
  • Length of vintage lace;
  • 18 inches of sari silk;
  • Length of tea-dyed gauze;
  • UHU, archival quality glue stick;
  • Two Rédoute flower prints.

(CLICK ON ANY PHOTO FOR LARGER VIEW.)

Each box is £85 GBP with worldwide shipping of £17.50 or £4 to the UK. (This is approximately $111 with shipping of $23 but please use this currency converter as exchange rates can shift.) To order, please contact me via email at kellyboler79@gmail.com or DM me on Instagram @book.and.paper.arts

 

These boxes are popular and are often repeat buys. Here are a few of the happy responses:

Kelly! I just got your package and my goodness. It’s absolutely gorgeous and stunning. I literally was beside myself carefuflly going through each item. I don’t even know what to say but thank you, thank you!” – Maddie

“THIS BOX IS UTTERLY AMAZING! Its beauty is breathtaking and we can’t wait to play! Everything is exquisite. The papers. Journals. Packaging. Everything. You have such a knack. Incredible!!! THANK YOU!” – Amy

“Your new ephemera boxers look amazing! You really need to stop tempting me…lol! Thanks for all the extras you sent me with my order.” – Cheryl

“I received your box today and it exceeds all expectations!! I am having so much fun looking and feeling all the items inside! I love the vintage tin with the buttons, the inks, handwritten papers and the fabulous little journal inside! You will definitely hear from me again in the future for another order!” – Susan