Antique Sewing Supplies in a Very Old French Town

Last Sunday it was Spring in Provence, so we took a short bus ride to the gorgeous little L’Isle Sur la Sorgue, which like all Provincial towns, can clearly be classified as an antique. With it’s many canals and water wheels, some have called it the Venice of France.

I’ve previously referenced the tradition of town markets but this Sunday market was incredible – not only meat, fish, olives, cheese and other delicious things to eat but also it had a huge number of vendors with every possible type of fashionable clothing. In addition there was a large antique market.


Unlike most antique markets, this one had numerous sellers with antique sewing supplies. While I wasn’t in the market for these items, they gave me a glimpse of France’s lost sewing industry. Here’s a look at some of the lovely items. From top down; shiny thread bobbins (rayon?), huge wood print blocks, cording and miscellaneous.





Enjoy this look into the past.

6 thoughts on “Antique Sewing Supplies in a Very Old French Town

  1. What fun to come across this. How did you resist just a little something, even if you weren’t there to buy this? Thanks for the great photos!

  2. My guess is that the vintage sewing supplies are primarily in the antique markets. I have also found a few vintage buttons at local flea markets. Will post photos of them soon.

  3. Glad you enjoyed the photos. The only thing that keeps me from buying is that we travel with minimal luggage, and try to avoid checking our bags. It’s a good way to minimize the amount of buying I do as well.

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