French Evening at Deja Vu:


One of the advantages of having good friends is that you get to meet their good friends and the friends of their good friends and so on.  Certainly, an advantage  of living in Europe and traveling through several countries hunting for antiques and vintage items provides you with opportunities to meet people from all over the world. Johan has that advantage and although he meets many people, he is very selective about who he calls a "friend." Sure, we have many occasional friends and acquaintances, but those people with whom you spend quality time, with whom you can think out loud and have special affinities, those are true friends. Desiree is one of those friends.  

Desiree and her husband Paul, who is also a kind and generous soul, have created a beautiful and romantic space that has a very welcoming and homey feel to it.  Their brocante is the kind of place that elicits sighs, smiles, and gasps of wonder as you walk through it.  It's one of those places where you cannot walk out without something in your hands because everything is beautiful.  If you are ever in Oosterhaut you have to stop by and treat yourself to an amazing experience of oohs and aahs, and meet this wonderful pair.

This Thursday June 23rd, Desiree and Paul are hosting a special event in their brocante. It is their annual French Evening and it's intended for anyone who loves brocante, antiques, and vintage style. Come and sip on a good glass of wine, delight your palate with tasty French food, and join the revelry of chansons and pleasant company. It is a wonderful evening for the true bourgondier.
Joining the festivities include guests from Brocante le Tresor from Geertruidenberg and Brocante Oude Liefde from Wouddrichem, plus two amazing musicians.

We are thrilled to be part of this celebration because Melissa and Bob, who are accompanying us through our European shopping tour are celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary that very day and it's also my birthday! I'm 50, am vintage now also!  Not only that, but Desiree and Paul's anniversary is one day before so it's gonna be a multiple celebration on a beautiful French Evening in Holland!
See you there!
Deja-vu Brocanterie
Keiweg 82, Oosterhout
click here Deja-vu brocanterie 

(Our next post will be about our first two days in Europe: our arrival in Paris, lost luggage and a day in Brugge. Stay tuned!)



Allie said...

Fabulous post! The images of your friend's shop are wonderful. It does look like it is filled with interesting items. Happy 50th Birthday! My oldest sister shares your date too. It is great to be able to share your special day, with good friends. Especially when you are traveling, and spending time in such an enchanted place. Have a fantastic celebration. Can't wait to hear about your other escapades :)

The White Pear Tree said...

Oh, I so wish I lived close by! That screen with the blue garland is spectacular. Sigh!

Happy Birthday! I hit that milestone too last year, didn't hurt too badly. In fact, I'm rather proud of it! And remember, fifty is the new forty!

Anonymous said...

Ohh beam me up Scottie! looks de lovely with much oohing and ahhing being the order of the moment! Enjoy and have a glass on us! Congrats!


Acquired Objects said...

It all looks like heaven and aren't true friends the best? Happy 50th I reached mine last year and love it!

La Brocanteuse said...

Happy birthday Trinidad- I shall share mine with you on the 21st~ our Cancerians must stick together. Oh how I wish I could be there with all that soul food...always enjoy your posts and looking forward to more sharings. xo Colette ~ Afrique du Sud

Bohemian said...

What a fun celebration... I'm loving the European Enamelware. I can't wait to hear about your Trip, sounds like a grand adventure!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert

Bohemian said...

Oh... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Trinidad! I smiled about you considering your 50th the "Vintage" year. *LOL* I'm at that Season of Life now where everything I remember having as a child and young Adult is now considered either Vintage or an Antique, so I know what you mean... it kinda places us in the category of living relics! *winks* How cool is that!!!!!!!! *Smiles* That must mean we are OOAK and absolutely priceless investments. Well, I've ALWAYS felt that way, but then I'm such a Diva...

Dawn... The Bohemian

Maureen@CheekyinBlue said...

I want to crawl through the computer and visit these places you are seeing! Such an adventure.

red ticking said...

happy birthday trinidad!!! and here is to a wonderful trip...hope the luggage was recovered.... always a fun way to begin a trip... xx

lvroftiques said...

Oh Trinidad it looks soooo dreamy!! Have a wonderful wonderful 50th Birthday!! Welcome to the vintage club! Lol! *winks* Vanna

flowers on my table said...

Looks like a good tome was had by all! Congratulations to your friends on their wedding anniversary, and many happy returns on your 50th. ( I too turned 50 this year).Can't wait to see the next leg of your journey, love Linda x

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Beautiful vignettes Trinidad You do some beautiful work. Have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And enjoy your day..........Julian&Ray

Faded Charm said...

Sounds and looks like such a fun evening. Can't wait to hear about all your journeys.


creekside rummager said...

Happy Birthday and I am looking forward to future posts on your travel adventures.

Rozmeen said...


I just want to let you know that I love your blog. I was at Deja Vu this week and Desiree also wrote about you. I also LOVE the wooden antique horse in one of your pictures. I am looking for this one for ages!! Do you also sell in the Netherlands.

Warm greetings from a new follower.

Atelier de Campagne said...

Thank you folks for your birthday wishes. I am so looking forward to it. Today we spent the day in Maroilles, which is in the North of France. It was RAINING! But, it did not stop us from shopping. We all looked like drowned rats part of the day but all in all it was a great day. We will post more about it soon. Now we are sitting here sipping on wine and Martin is cooking dinner for us. Johan's place in the country is just lovely! I will post about it also later.


kathee said...

Happy Birthday Trinidad! I loved reading this post...have a wonderful time and a glass of wine for me!! xo
see you soon, kathee

Dentelline said...

Hi Trinidad,
I LOVE your blog!
I'm french and I am a little writing in english.

Déjà-Vu (Désirée) said...

Dear Johan, Trinidad and Martin,
Thank you for the lovely time in France last weekend and for this faboulus post on your blog.
See you thirsday!!!!
Desiree and Paul

Atelier de Campagne said...

You are most welcome Desiree. We are getting ready to have some breakfast and lovely pastries and then unload and set up all of our finds. We will be blogging about the market next.
Looking forward to your event. For our friends who can join us, the event takes place at Deja Vu: Keiweg 82, Oosterhout, Holland

Splendid Sass said...

I ma not certain I could leave there. So many beautiful things.

Elizabeth´s Garden! said...

Wow...älskar, så vackert så mkt inspiration....Kram Elizabethan