Belle Bro­cante - Vieille Branche

Vieille Branche

Provincial Living - - Contents -

Each edi­tion, Jen­nie Sharpe will hunt out a col­lec­tion of old French trea­sures. This au­tumn, she’s dis­cov­ered a beau­ti­ful ar­ray of vintage finds in friendly Bris­bane bou­tique Vieille Branche.

In­side an in­no­cent-look­ing ware­house in the Bris­bane sub­urb of Al­bion, there lies a trea­sure trove. Own­ers Jen and JC have cre­ated a ver­i­ta­ble Aladdin’s Cave of French bro­cante finds from JC’s home­land of Nor­mandy. Named Vieille Branche (“old mate”), this friendly store of­fers prod­ucts rang­ing from rus­tic French farm fur­ni­ture to In­dus­trial French 1900’s to Pro­vin­cial French, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Even if you’re not on the hunt for that long-dreamed of French gem, this is also the per­fect set­ting to catch up over a cof­fee or throw a party… Vieille Branche houses a cof­fee shop and its beau­ti­ful space and an­tique items are avail­able for hire for ev­ery kind of oc­ca­sion, from wed­dings to photo shoots. Plus, you can brush up on your French here too, with twice­weekly lan­guage classes.

As­sorted an­tique can­dle­sticks on an 1800’s makeup ta­ble.

An­tique enamel pro­duce can­is­ters and cop­per ket­tle on a farmer’s milk­ing stool. South­ern

French olive bas­ket in the back­ground.

An­tique enamel pitch­ers with dec­o­rated WWII Brass Shell and an­tique hand weights. In the back­ground, a demi­john on a wooden wine crate.

Green glass “le par­fait” jars with printer’s tray

and hand­made ce­ramic ves­sels.

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