The Collective Collectors!!! Show your Stuff!

Mar 9, 2010 | The Collective Collectors | 18 comments

Bonjour ladies!
 How about an opportunity to show off your favorite collections!
 I’ve got so many from Strawberry Shortcake dolls to Vintage Dresses!
 I know you do too!
So, here is my first attempt to use “Monsieur Linky” – let’s start something new together!

  Every Wednesday (hopefully) we will share a collection as The Collective Collectors!  I will work on a widget for your Sidebar tonight – but for now use Mr. Linky and show off your stuff!  Post your favorite photographs of your collections, one theme per post and in “my world” a collection is anything you have three or more of… tell us how your collection began, the “story trouvé” (the story of  how you found it) and if you got a good deal, by all means – do dish!
Parisienne Farmgirl’s Collection for this Tuesday is my Copper.  I recently polished it all and had it all over the kitchen counter, it looked so cool all together…
Je sais, Je sais, tarnished copper is so cool but it had been two years and in some cases mine was turning black!

The motherload.
Pieces trouvé from the Paris flea market to local farmers markets and thrift shoppes. The sad truth is, while they are lovely, most of them need to be re-tinned inside in order to be used. I have NO IDEA where to have that done but it’s on my list for 2010.

You have no idea what you will find once you begin to polish your copper – like this charming little “Made in France” stamp. This piece was a gift from Momma for my birthday a few years back.

This one is pretty junky but I love the shape. It tarnishes quickly and badly. Kind of like my heart… hear me out…

As I was polishing it I was thinking how hard and ugly my heart can get when I stray from my relationship with Jesus. It’s feeling ugly and quick to tarnish this week…
As I polished this pan these initials began to appear. 
I could not help but think about keeping my heart “polished for Him” lest his name, which is written on my heart not be visible for friends, family and strangers to see.

That big one in the bottom corner, another gift from Momma. Yikes, I swear, she did not buy me the entire collection but let’s just say I get “first right of refusal” on stuff I see in her house. One day this was sitting on her stove and I was like, “Excuse me! Copper is MY thing!” LOL! The next time she came over she brought it with her…confessing it looked better in my kitchen. It’s huge and is PERFECT for Risotto which I make a lot of (and she doesn’t) – again, something that needs to be re-tinned and then it will be swiftly put to use with some Arborio rice and homemade chicken stock!

I won’t bore you with too many photos since most of the copper and it’s stories appeared in the Design on a Centime kitchen post
Et alors– it’s your turn! Let’s link up! Follow the directions below, post your Collection on your blog and link back to Parisienne Farmgirl so your readers can participate too!
Next Wednesday’s collection? 
Courtship Scenes.


  1. Selina

    Hi Ange,
    Your photo’s are lovely, the copper pots look amazing. I’m afraid I seem to be collecting books (which therefore requires me to buy bookcases)!!
    I don’t have a blog, but just wanted to say that I really enjoy yours, your photo’s look amazing.
    Thanks for the analogy about the pots and our hearts.
    God bless,

  2. Belle de Ville

    Those are so awesome.
    There was an amazing set of copper pots from my husband’s grandparents 19th Century villa in Zurich…but his first wife got them….drat!
    I’m not collecting anything right now…I’m trying to get rid of stuff!

  3. Marie-Ange

    J’ai toute une collection de “cuivres” qui “dorment” dans le garage !
    Tu me donnes envie de les ressortir tant tes images sont belles .
    Douce journée.

  4. Anne - Fiona and Twig

    First right of refusal…hilarious!
    It’s the same way with my mom, too. 🙂

    I so admire the way you weave your faith into your posts. It’s lyrical and uncompromising and altogether beautiful!


  5. Molly @ Star Cottage

    Wow! I am totally drooling over your copper collection. Just gorgeous!

  6. cityfarmer

    geez louise …I KNOW there are many collections here … having a hard time wading thru the myriad of archives…

    still looking …
    the copper is making me wish you’d given ME the pieces … hehe

  7. Bonjour Madame

    As soon as I can gather the energy I will post a collection. It’s been fun looking around the house to see that I have unintentional collections going on now. I love your copper collection!

  8. myletterstoemily

    my heart seized when you said “polished for
    Him.” what a lovely thought.

    will share it with my girls.

    your copper collection was exquisite. i have
    never seen lovelier in one home!

    i so wish i could take a picture, because i have
    so much silver from my mother in law.

    she will say, “that antique silver epergne is from
    mrs. fitzpatrick’s estate sale. she was the
    sweetest little 90 year old widow, when i was
    just a young bride.”

    have fun with your collective party!

  9. 1 Funky Woman

    Wonderful collection. My mother had some of those, wonder what happened to them. I did a collection of my Eiffel Tower statues on my post two days ago. It was called My Homage to Paris. I will be going there for my 40th birthday. Only 38 now, so I still need to wait a little longer, check it out!

  10. Mrs. B.

    I love that collection! Stunning.
    I’ll have to nose around the house and see what I’ve got. Maybe I’ll get something together for next week?
    (I’d like to have a legit collection of children by that point…you say I need THREE, right?)

  11. The Norwegian

    Love the copper! I have MANY, MANY copper pots,pieces,molds and measures…(had them for years and years) they are out, they are on display, but they are not very often polished!! I was inspired by your post. I don’t love them when they are first polished, but when they begin to pick up a patina. Maybe I’ll put on an old movie and polish away. (same with silver)

  12. Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE

    Hi, I found your delightful blog from Bonjour Romance. I just adore your photos of the copper pots, I collect them and hang them in our old stone farmhouse. I am off to explore more of your blog

  13. Lisa @ Another Day Today

    Love the copper – I’ll have to go back through my posts and see what I can find.

  14. Bonjour Madame

    I did a link! So excited. I chose vintage linens as my collection.

  15. Farmgirl Cyn

    OK…went and did it! Not too lovely right now, but give me a few weeks and they’ll be looking clean and sweet!


  16. Berlin Deluxxe

    This is a really nice collection! BTW did you know you probably can get your pots retinned at an instrument repair shop? My mom had a bowl re-silverplated at one close to us so I am thinking they might do pots too.
    I promise next week I will join your post 🙂

  17. Fabulously french

    Love your set of pots, they are gorgeous and so fabulously clean!

    Leeann x

  18. Olde Tyme Marketplace

    Love the initials on the pots..what a bonus you uncovered. It made me laugh when you mentioned the Strawberry Shortcake dolls~ I had them too. Remember how they smelled?
    Have a great weekend! I am going to continue to work on some frenchy burlap covered stool makeovers.


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