Feb 11, 2010

by English Muse

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!


This entry was posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 8:25 am. It is filed under Decor. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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163 Responses to “Thursday Giveaway: Paris Flea Market Treasure Box”

  1. Basht says:

    that's so cute! what a marvelous find

  2. Rahel says:

    this kind of reminds me of the treasure box in 'amelie'!! its gorgeous πŸ™‚

  3. pkjb says:

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

  4. sallyrose45 says:

    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

  5. The Hausfrau says:

    Lovely treasure box!

  6. pearl. says:

    just wonderful!
    Pearl xo

  7. Christina says:

    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! πŸ™‚

  8. theinvisiblechild says:

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

  9. designani says:

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

  10. Jennifer says:

    just gorgeous!

  11. little room la says:

    how beautiful~ and from a flea market? what a find πŸ™‚

  12. Breenuh says:

    This box looks amazing! Great find!

  13. Ashley Lynn Fry says:

    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

  14. McKenna says:

    J'adore it!

  15. franziska says:

    uiiiiii sooooo cute!!!!

  16. Emma says:

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

  17. WrightStuff says:

    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…

  18. felicity.lupo says:

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

  19. Ashton says:

    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 πŸ™‚


  20. Louis Duke says:

    I wonder, is it hand painted?

  21. Destination Inspiration says:

    It's gorge! Thanks Tina, count me in πŸ™‚

  22. Jeanne says:

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

  23. Georgie says:

    I would like to live in it.

  24. Aodhin says:

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

  25. chloejessica says:

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

  26. Sher says:

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

  27. Sundari says:

    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.

  28. chiaroscuro says:

    it looks wonderful, I love it! πŸ™‚

  29. Tonia says:

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

  30. Beth H says:

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

  31. Leigh says:

    how incredibly sweet of you to offer this treasure to your readers! i hope i'm the lucky one πŸ™‚

  32. laura marie says:

    oh my gosh i love that! or should i say… je l'adore πŸ™‚

  33. Chelsea says:

    what a unique piece! thank you for being so generous! i love it! πŸ™‚

  34. Emily says:

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

  35. maria says:


  36. Penney says:

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

    xo, P

  37. Michelle says:

    Lovely. I wonder who used to own it.

  38. DAVID McGRIEVEY says:

    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.

  39. Ami says:

    Love it!

  40. audrey says:

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

  41. kelly says:

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

  42. Melanie's Randomness says:

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

  43. Reginasaurus says:

    Ohhh, I love it! Count me in. xo

  44. Sara Ballstaedt says:

    I love that first one!

  45. ANAPHOTO says:

    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

  46. Liv says:

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

  47. Krissy β™₯ says:

    Oh, so beautiful!

  48. TheBeautyFile says:

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

  49. Alex says:

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

  50. Rachel says:

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

  51. Shelley Ann says:

    thats so pretty!

  52. bunny, The Paris House Designs says:

    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.

  53. Elcy says:

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

  54. Kelly says:

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

  55. Ally says:

    Ahhh so gorgeous!!! Love your blog by the way! πŸ™‚

  56. Jeanette says:

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

  57. Sarah says:

    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!

  58. Kelly says:

    How sweet!

  59. Anna says:

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

  60. Nicole Jeannette says:

    BEAUTIFUL! I hope I win!

  61. kacey says:

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

  62. Sarah S. Dobbs says:

    This is amazing! I love it


    S.S. DOBBS

    Stop by and say hello

  63. heartattacksoup says:

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

  64. jca says:

    wow! flea markets in Paris must be amazzingg!!

  65. Ali says:


  66. Karina Gentinetta says:

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

  67. marla says:

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

  68. Lauren says:

    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?)


  69. Christina says:

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

  70. Anonymous says:

    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:)

  71. Lostinspaceneedle says:

    That's pretty beautiful!!!

  72. Giulia says:

    It's lovely, Tina. xo

  73. chelsea rebecca says:

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

  74. Xandra Zamora says:

    C'est magnifique!

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

  75. cavalaxis says:

    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

  76. Moonstone Gardens says:

    Looks like the perfect place to stash a love note.

  77. Ann Marie says:

    my heart swoons! this is so pretty!

  78. Atticus and Juliet says:

    so gorgeous! could you bear to part with it?

  79. Trudi says:

    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!

  80. Michelle Melski says:

    Cute box!

  81. Maria S. says:

    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.,

  82. tina tarnoff says:

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

  83. Leslie says:

    What a fun giveaway. Love the box!

  84. Cathi says:

    Wow, that is so beautiful!! πŸ™‚

  85. Teg says:

    Wow! This is awesome πŸ˜€


  86. Parker says:

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

  87. Brittany says:

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

  88. Polly R says:

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

  89. Lola says:

    I love it!

  90. Stephanie Lee says:

    So vintage… I love it!!!

  91. Sara says:

    Beyond Adorable, I love it πŸ™‚

  92. ann says:

    i like it!

  93. Christina says:

    I adore this little treasure. Great Find!

  94. Tiffanh says:



  95. mme. bookling says:

    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!



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

  97. Elizabeth says:


  98. chelsea donoho says:

    wow, so precious!

  99. Sareberry says:

    Awesome giveaway. So generous!

  100. La Petite Gallery says:

    My first visit,
    Wow 100 coments. Fantastic

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

    yvonne in maine

  101. Whitney Kaye says:

    That is beautiful. I love it.

  102. Kara Vanderbijl says:

    oh pretty please. : )

  103. Elizabeth Lee says:

    this is gorgeous

  104. Heidi says:

    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.

  105. Cali says:

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

  106. Amy says:

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

  107. The Drifter and the Gypsy says:

    ah, how precious! count me in definitely!

  108. Chelsey says:

    SOooo Beautiful!! Fingers crossed <3

  109. Mary Grace says:

    This is so romantic!

  110. Kaylie says:

    Precious! J'adore!

  111. raigo~ says:

    oh my god,so cuteβ™₯! I absolutely love it. I'm in!

  112. Anonymous says:

    It's just glorious.


  113. Alex A-G says:

    so cute! please enter me in the giveaway!

  114. Carrie Miller says:

    So pretty! What a lovely little keepsake!

  115. Melissa says:

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

  116. Kay-leigh says:

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

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

  117. rosebud says:

    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.

  118. Creative Coquette says:

    So beautiful and special indeed!

    [crosses fingers]


  119. Anonymous says:

    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


  120. Paisley Petunia says:

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

  121. hanah kristine says:

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

  122. Ms Smart says:

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


  123. Sarah says:

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

  124. SuzieS says:

    How beautiful! What an amazing find.-Suzie-

  125. Miss Scarlette says:

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


    Ooh I love it!

  127. Anna says:

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

  128. Erica says:

    A place for all you secrets to hold dear…

  129. *D* says:

    simply lovely!

  130. oh, hello friend. says:

    lovely lovely giveaway! what a treasure! thanks! πŸ™‚ xo. danni

  131. erin says:

    a secret treasure box from paris? tres parfait! what a fun giveaway, thank you πŸ™‚ crossing fingers!

  132. vidalia says:

    Dont have to ask me twice to enter the giveaway!

  133. Helena says:

    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

  134. Rebecca Lynch Photography says:

    It is lovely.

  135. Kelsie Lynn says:

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

  136. k.o'brien jewelry says:

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

  137. Blue12rain says:

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

  138. Molly McGonigle says:

    how beautiful and ecclectic. spectacular giveaway!!

  139. Mary says:

    woww I would love to win that!

  140. Bonnie says:

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

  141. Marika says:

    So perfect. Love.

  142. Jilli says:

    This is beautiful and I want it. Please?

  143. Julia-Megumi says:

    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.

  144. BurlyGirly says:

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

  145. Mia says:

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

  146. gigi says:

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

  147. jamaica byles says:

    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.

  148. gardener says:

    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.

  149. Amy B. says:

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

  150. Jessica Bjorn says:


  151. skemiloo says:

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

  152. Tiger_Lili says:

    whoa! this is so beautiful! i love it

  153. hanysz says:

    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.. !

  154. evelyn says:

    wow love it!

  155. Lynne Guyan Tanzer says:

    Super pretty!

  156. Addie says:

    That box is really pretty!
    Hope i get lucky!

  157. Catharine says:

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

  158. Sara says:

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

  159. Helena says:

    Ohhh,yes please.
    So pretty!

  160. liggy girl says:

    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! πŸ™‚ xo

  161. michelle says:

    Charmingly nostalgic! and perfect to tuck a favourite ring or two πŸ™‚

  162. LorΓ© LorΓ© says:

    These are beautiful! Great find!

  163. amy says:

    thanks for all of the inspiration!

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