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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday Giveaway: Paris Flea Market Treasure Box

A beautiful vintage box found at the Porte de Vanves Flea Market in Paris....


Painted on both sides....


And just large enough to hide an old love note...

It's small, about the size of a deck of cards!...I'm not sure how old it is, but it's very special.

Leave a comment to enter! Winner picked on Monday!

164 Comments:

Blogger Basht said...

that's so cute! what a marvelous find

February 11, 2010 at 1:09 AM  
Anonymous Rahel said...

this kind of reminds me of the treasure box in 'amelie'!! its gorgeous :)

February 11, 2010 at 1:13 AM  
OpenID pkjb said...

Pretty beyond words.Perfect for secret treasures. CK :)X

February 11, 2010 at 1:40 AM  
Blogger sallyrose45 said...

I have ten tiny pea green envelopes with love letters that my boyfriend hand made, filled with hand cut love hearts...

A perfect place to keep them, xxx

February 11, 2010 at 1:43 AM  
Blogger The Hausfrau said...

Lovely treasure box!

February 11, 2010 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger pearl. said...

just wonderful!
Pearl xo

February 11, 2010 at 1:53 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

How can you bear to give away such a darling little box? Well, if you are sure you can part with it, please count me in! :)

February 11, 2010 at 2:00 AM  
OpenID theinvisiblechild said...

I wonder what the two painted gentlemen are talking about...?

February 11, 2010 at 2:03 AM  
Blogger designani said...

I'm a vintage addict!!!!!
Love!!Love!!
Especially the fact from Paris!!
Lovely

February 11, 2010 at 2:04 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

just gorgeous!

February 11, 2010 at 2:13 AM  
Blogger little room la said...

how beautiful~ and from a flea market? what a find :)

February 11, 2010 at 2:14 AM  
Blogger Breenuh said...

This box looks amazing! Great find!

February 11, 2010 at 2:15 AM  
Blogger Ashley Lynn Fry said...

This is such a wonderful find! I'd love to have it on my bedside table to hold love notes & trinkets from my husband. xoxo

February 11, 2010 at 2:19 AM  
Blogger McKenna said...

J'adore it!

February 11, 2010 at 2:22 AM  
Anonymous franziska said...

uiiiiii sooooo cute!!!!

February 11, 2010 at 2:34 AM  
Blogger Emma said...

oh my that box is beautiful. I adore it. fingers crossed.

February 11, 2010 at 2:43 AM  
Blogger WrightStuff said...

Oh gosh, imagine what secret little love notes have been hidden in there over the years. I bet it could tell a story or two...

February 11, 2010 at 2:57 AM  
Blogger felicity.lupo said...

wow. generous giveaway. i'd want to keep it all to myself!

February 11, 2010 at 3:12 AM  
Blogger Ashton said...

Hello lovely blogger.
I don't have anything exciting to compete with, my story is fairly simple- I've just moved to the city with my boyfriend to start a new and exciting life together. I'm slowly hoping to find special pieces to make our house a home. So... here's hoping :)


Ashton.

February 11, 2010 at 3:13 AM  
Blogger Louis Duke said...

I wonder, is it hand painted?

February 11, 2010 at 3:39 AM  
Blogger Destination Inspiration said...

It's gorge! Thanks Tina, count me in :)

February 11, 2010 at 4:23 AM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Very sweet...I am watching the HBO series, 'John Adams' this week..looks like a scene from the movie...it is lovely.

February 11, 2010 at 4:33 AM  
Blogger Georgie said...

I would like to live in it.

February 11, 2010 at 4:36 AM  
Blogger Aodhin said...

Oooh it's beautiful, how impressive that you can bear to part with it.

February 11, 2010 at 4:49 AM  
Blogger chloejessica said...

Oh I just love it! I dream of Paris everyday! I wish I could go on my honeymoon! One day!

February 11, 2010 at 5:09 AM  
Blogger Sher said...

Ohh, this is just too sweet to be true!!

February 11, 2010 at 5:11 AM  
Blogger Sundari said...

That is gorgeous! I want to collect little boxes. I miss the time when I was writing letters to my boyfriend because we had a desert between us.

February 11, 2010 at 5:21 AM  
Blogger chiaroscuro said...

it looks wonderful, I love it! :-)

February 11, 2010 at 5:42 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

I am almost hyperventilating at the sight of it! Really lovely.
Also, I possibly need to get out more...

February 11, 2010 at 5:43 AM  
Anonymous Beth H said...

that is so beautiful! amazing find, and amazing generosity!

February 11, 2010 at 5:58 AM  
Blogger Leigh said...

how incredibly sweet of you to offer this treasure to your readers! i hope i'm the lucky one :)

February 11, 2010 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger laura marie said...

oh my gosh i love that! or should i say... je l'adore :)

February 11, 2010 at 6:07 AM  
Blogger Chelsea said...

what a unique piece! thank you for being so generous! i love it! :)
chelsea

February 11, 2010 at 6:07 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Just lovely! Think of the history of that box - so cool!

February 11, 2010 at 6:12 AM  
Blogger maria said...

perfect!!

February 11, 2010 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger Penney said...

This is just so beautiful! Hard to give away, but that's just like you..

xo, P

February 11, 2010 at 6:26 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Lovely. I wonder who used to own it.

February 11, 2010 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger DAVID McGRIEVEY said...

I had business cards printed up in Venice during my last visit (years ago) which do not fit into my standard size Tiffany case, apparently European cards are bigger, I could put some in this box.
I wish I could give away great stuff on my blog but times are tuff and nobody would want to win a pair of my old shoes.
I suppose I could giveaway an illustration. I'm still pretty new to the blogger world.

February 11, 2010 at 6:46 AM  
Blogger Ami said...

Love it!

February 11, 2010 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger audrey said...

It's beautiful! Paris is my most favorite place in the world.

February 11, 2010 at 6:51 AM  
Anonymous kelly said...

how positively lovely! what a wonderful little treasure it would be to have!

February 11, 2010 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger Melanie's Randomness said...

I love collecting boxes!! This one is beautiful! Count me in please!

February 11, 2010 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Reginasaurus said...

Ohhh, I love it! Count me in. xo

February 11, 2010 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Sara Ballstaedt said...

I love that first one!

February 11, 2010 at 7:26 AM  
Anonymous ANAPHOTO said...

Oh oh oh!! I would store in it a tiny vial of perfume that was my grandmother's, it would be a treasure within a treasure! It will work nicely for anyone's little personal sparkles...<3

February 11, 2010 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Liv said...

Dear little box, please come home with me. Thanks!

February 11, 2010 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Krissy ♥ said...

Oh, so beautiful!

February 11, 2010 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

So amazing!! It looks like it has a lovely story behind it...

February 11, 2010 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

What a beautiful find! If I win, my love note will have a secret place. Thank you!

February 11, 2010 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I adore boxes.
especially pretty ones.
and eve more so vintage ones.
count me in!

February 11, 2010 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Shelley Ann said...

thats so pretty!

February 11, 2010 at 7:59 AM  
Anonymous bunny, The Paris House Designs said...

I would love this vintage delight placed on my desk while I'm working with my Grandfather Sabatine's old deck of cards safely inside.
xoxo

February 11, 2010 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Elcy said...

my mother loves old vintage boxes- this would be a perfect post-valentine's day gift for her!

February 11, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

anything to do with vintage and love notes is right up my alley. Hoping to be picked for the lovely box!

February 11, 2010 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Ally said...

Ahhh so gorgeous!!! Love your blog by the way! :)

February 11, 2010 at 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Jeanette said...

That box made me nostalgic and made me remeber happy memories back in the days when i used to live in Paris...

February 11, 2010 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

What a fantastic giveaway. It's so special because this lovely box has a story and a meaning. It might have been someone's treasure box for storing special secrets! It would be a wonderful gift for V-Day, to tuck a small collection of handwritten love notes inside. Thanks for offering it so generously!
--Sarah

February 11, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

How sweet!

February 11, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

Oh that's beautiful! I love it so much.

February 11, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Nicole Jeannette said...

BEAUTIFUL! I hope I win!

February 11, 2010 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger kacey said...

i just found your blog and i absolutely love it. i love that box--its so vintage!

February 11, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Sarah S. Dobbs said...

This is amazing! I love it

xx

S.S. DOBBS

Stop by and say hello

February 11, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger heartattacksoup said...

so generous of you to give away such a amazing find--it is truly precious!

February 11, 2010 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger jca said...

wow! flea markets in Paris must be amazzingg!!

February 11, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Beautiful!!

February 11, 2010 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Karina Gentinetta said...

Just another reason to go to Paris this summer. Sigh.....

February 11, 2010 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger marla said...

yes please. for all my trinkets on my bedside stand. thanks!

February 11, 2010 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

That is beautiful!!

Maybe I'll get a love letter on Valentine's Day and be able to put it in it!

(a girl can dream can't she?)

http://thatgirlwiththefreckles.blogspot.com/2010/02/this-valentines-day.html

February 11, 2010 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I love this, my best friend would adore something like this! I hope I'm picked so I can give it to her!! <3

February 11, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love, love this box. What a beautiful find. I really would love this box to store my mothers notes she wrote to me while she was alive. I hope I get but If I don't happy for the one who does:)
g.e.harper55@gmail.com

February 11, 2010 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Lostinspaceneedle said...

That's pretty beautiful!!!

February 11, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Giulia said...

It's lovely, Tina. xo

February 11, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger chelsea rebecca said...

i'm speechless.. this is so lovely!
crossing my fingers!

February 11, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Xandra Zamora said...

C'est magnifique!

If it comes to me to cherish, I will calligraph something lovely to place inside.

February 11, 2010 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger cavalaxis said...

Aw, I love that it's painted on both sides. Just gorgeous.

Also, what a clever way to draw your lurkers out into the open. Love this blog, and sorry I don't comment more often. <3

February 11, 2010 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Moonstone Gardens said...

Looks like the perfect place to stash a love note.
Cindee

February 11, 2010 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Ann Marie said...

my heart swoons! this is so pretty!

February 11, 2010 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Atticus and Juliet said...

so gorgeous! could you bear to part with it?

February 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Trudi said...

This is so beautiful!
I would love for this to sit on my dresser, and I would keep the love letters my husband and I swapped on our wedding day inside it!

February 11, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Michelle Melski said...

Cute box!

February 11, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Maria S. said...

It would be perfect for all the little notes given to me by Jane, my eight-year-old daughter. Named, in part, of course, for all the great Janes: Austen, Adams. . . etc., etc.,

February 11, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Anonymous tina tarnoff said...

Oh, this is so pretty!! Is it terrible if I enter again, even though I won last giveaway? :)

February 11, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

What a fun giveaway. Love the box!

February 11, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Cathi said...

Wow, that is so beautiful!! :)

February 11, 2010 at 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Teg said...

Wow! This is awesome :D

teganlovesinternet(a)gmail.com

February 11, 2010 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Parker said...

I would love to win this and have it hold the poems my husband wrote me when he was courting me. It is beautiful.
hugs,
Fritzi Marie

February 11, 2010 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Brittany said...

So beautiful! I'm a sucker for anything small, French or antique! Just lovely!!

February 11, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Polly R said...

that is the most gorgeous box i have ever seen! I would LOVEEE to win it! *fingers crosesed!* xx

February 11, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Lola said...

I love it!

February 11, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie Lee said...

So vintage... I love it!!!

February 11, 2010 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Beyond Adorable, I love it :)

February 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM  
Anonymous ann said...

i like it!

February 11, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Tilly Redstone said...

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February 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I adore this little treasure. Great Find!

February 11, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Tiffanh said...

J'adore!

Tiffany

February 11, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger mme. bookling said...

Well, I simply must obtain this delightful box of whatever it shall contain that is dear to my beating heart.


In other words,
I want it, damn it!

:)

February 11, 2010 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger YOUR FAVORITE, KIRSTEN said...

what a beautiful box! i love little treasures found at flea markets

February 11, 2010 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

loverly

February 11, 2010 at 1:27 PM  
Anonymous chelsea donoho said...

wow, so precious!

February 11, 2010 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Sareberry said...

Awesome giveaway. So generous!

February 11, 2010 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger La Petite Gallery said...

My first visit,
Wow 100 coments. Fantastic

That box is so romantic.
I like your post's.


yvonne in maine

February 11, 2010 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Whitney Kaye said...

That is beautiful. I love it.

February 11, 2010 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Kara Vanderbijl said...

oh pretty please. : )

February 11, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Lee said...

this is gorgeous

February 11, 2010 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

I don't know if people world over are able to enter but this is just too precious to not try to win! Please pretty pretty please.

February 11, 2010 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Cali said...

Little boxes can hide your little treasures & i love that about it.

February 11, 2010 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

What a beautiful little box. I really do have to get to the Paris Flea Markets one day, such great treasures.

February 11, 2010 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger The Drifter and the Gypsy said...

ah, how precious! count me in definitely!

February 11, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Chelsey said...

SOooo Beautiful!! Fingers crossed <3

February 11, 2010 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Mary Grace said...

This is so romantic!

February 11, 2010 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Kaylie said...

Precious! J'adore!

February 11, 2010 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger raigo~ said...

oh my god,so cute♥! I absolutely love it. I'm in!

February 11, 2010 at 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just glorious.

Elisabeth

February 11, 2010 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Alex A-G said...

so cute! please enter me in the giveaway!

February 11, 2010 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger Carrie Miller said...

So pretty! What a lovely little keepsake!

February 11, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

This would be the perfect box to keep a special ring or other small treasure. So beautiful!

February 11, 2010 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Kay-leigh said...

I've recently started reading your blog and I love it! So inspiring!

The box has such a lovely, delicate feel to it!

February 11, 2010 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger rosebud said...

I wonder how many beating hearts touched this lovely box? And I wonder what the story is behind the beautifully painted exterior? It reminds of the quote, "Life is the flower for which love is the honey" by Victor Hugo. a great find. this is a lovely treasure to pass on.

February 11, 2010 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Creative Coquette said...

So beautiful and special indeed!

[crosses fingers]

xo-z

February 11, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! It's beautiful.

I often read your blog, but haven't ever been brave enough to leave a comment before...

Love the little box, and thanks for giving me somewhere nice to visit each day.

Linda in New Zealand

binnian@xtra.co.nz

February 11, 2010 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Paisley Petunia said...

what a sweet giveaway - thank you! and happy valentines day!

February 11, 2010 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger hanah kristine said...

i agree, you can put an old love letter inside.ü that's so sweet!

February 11, 2010 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Ms Smart said...

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Sugar is sweet.
And so are Muse.

:)

February 11, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wow! Speechless - what a radical giveaway. I love it too! x

February 11, 2010 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger SuzieS said...

How beautiful! What an amazing find.-Suzie-

February 11, 2010 at 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Miss Scarlette said...

I am just dreaming of puuting my tiny treasures in this box already!!!

February 11, 2010 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger VIOLHAINE LARSEN said...

Ooh I love it!

February 12, 2010 at 12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

What I love most about this
is how
a great wish and a tiny tiny hope
makes us leave a comment
or join the lottery
or wish upon a star...
and it makes the heart blink like a red red lamp for a second.

Because it´s not very likely is it
that a magic box pops up in your hands
but maybe
maybe!
And just that
is what makes it all so lovely.

February 12, 2010 at 2:03 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

A place for all you secrets to hold dear...

February 12, 2010 at 2:55 AM  
Blogger *D* said...

simply lovely!

February 12, 2010 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger oh, hello friend. said...

lovely lovely giveaway! what a treasure! thanks! :) xo. danni

February 12, 2010 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger erin said...

a secret treasure box from paris? tres parfait! what a fun giveaway, thank you :) crossing fingers!

February 12, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger vidalia said...

Dont have to ask me twice to enter the giveaway!

February 12, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Helena said...

i think my heart skipped a beat when i saw this
and then two when i heard this was a give away
well read
i'd love to hide away secret beautiful inscribed love notes in this box
i hope whoever wins loves dearly this magical treasure

have a lovely day
xxx

February 12, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Rebecca Lynch Photography said...

It is lovely.

February 12, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Kelsie Lynn said...

oh my gosh, amazing!
I am so obsessed with everything French. Of course this was found in Paris..of course.

February 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger k.o'brien jewelry said...

i have had paris on my mind the past few weeks. so lovely.

February 12, 2010 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Blue12rain said...

How wonderful. Every time I go to Paris I fall in love a little more. What a great giveaway!

February 12, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Molly McGonigle said...

how beautiful and ecclectic. spectacular giveaway!!

February 12, 2010 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

woww I would love to win that!

February 12, 2010 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

How wonderful--this would be a fantastic addition to my secret box collection!

February 12, 2010 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Marika said...

So perfect. Love.

February 12, 2010 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Jilli said...

This is beautiful and I want it. Please?

February 12, 2010 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Julia-Megumi said...

It's awful that my first comment here is on this entry but I am a new reader! I love the images in your blog.

February 12, 2010 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger BurlyGirly said...

Ooh I love that little treasure box! Thanks for the Giveaway!

February 12, 2010 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Mia said...

A little and lovely treasure chest... C'est adorable.

February 12, 2010 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger gigi said...

So, this is love. I'm crossing my fingers!

February 12, 2010 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger jamaica byles said...

Tina,
I don't know how you could even bare to part with it.Tell me you have another......it's just adorable and tres Francaise.

February 12, 2010 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger gardener said...

Ah, I went to Paris with my daughters, we packed so light we did not buy many treasures when we were there. This box would be perfect to celebrate the moments we shared there.

February 12, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Amy B. said...

That takes my breath away. I want to live with it.

February 13, 2010 at 5:38 AM  
Blogger Jessica Bjorn said...

Beautiful!

February 13, 2010 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger skemiloo said...

Loveliness! I am obsessed with all things French right now. It's just so romantic.

February 13, 2010 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Tiger_Lili said...

whoa! this is so beautiful! i love it

February 13, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger hanysz said...

I think it would be a perfect little box for dozens of my stud earrings which are always spread all over ... any flat space possible.. !

February 13, 2010 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger evelyn said...

wow love it!

February 13, 2010 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Lynne Guyan Tanzer said...

Super pretty!

February 13, 2010 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Addie said...

That box is really pretty!
Hope i get lucky!

February 13, 2010 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Catharine said...

Love the flowers! What are perfect reminder that it will not always be winter.

February 13, 2010 at 11:07 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

oh wow simple beautiful, I have a bunch of old knick knacks around. But this is amazing

February 14, 2010 at 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Helena said...

Ohhh,yes please.
So pretty!
hbrolin@gmail.com

February 15, 2010 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger liggy girl said...

I just adore boxes. I have a small collection myself and they always just amaze me. Same thing with purses. Not exactly sure why, maybe because you can put what you wish in them and it's almost magical and mysterious. I love the colonial looking image! Just like my small town and the historical background.

Love you blog and always look forward to seeing what you have posted! :) xo

February 17, 2010 at 11:28 AM  
Anonymous michelle said...

Charmingly nostalgic! and perfect to tuck a favourite ring or two :)

February 19, 2010 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Loré Loré said...

These are beautiful! Great find!

February 20, 2010 at 2:06 AM  
Blogger amy said...

gorgeous.
thanks for all of the inspiration!

February 22, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

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