Please help me find my props!!

This is a call for help my friends. I love  old enamel dishes and I have NONE. They would be the perfect props to display French dishes and fresh produce. I have looked for them in every antique store and brocante I could think of and have always come back empty handed. I think the reason they are so rare (besides the fact that they aren’t made anymore) is that although they were very cheap to buy, they very expensive to repair and people would just throw them away…

Does any one of you know where I can find enamel dishes? A good website maybe?


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  1. Superbe ! Nous avons tous au fond de notre mémoire ce genre de broc !
    Le mien est bleu 😉

  2. I’m sorry I don’t have any and I’m not sure where to get it either!

  3. Hello, I did a quick search on Google for ‘enamel dishes’ and it came up with plenty of sites selling new (mostly plain) dishes, bowls and plates. Is this the sort of thing you’re looking for?

    i live in Marseillan and we have a ‘puce’ every Saturday and Sunday all year but it would be used dishes rather than new, if any.

    If you’re ever in this neck of the woods, Pesetas is famous for its Brocante and has many many bro antes/antique shops in town.

    Hope you find what you’re looking for!

    Kind regards

    (A friend of Rod and Paige – a lovely Australian couple who stayed with you last year – that’s how I came to know of your (fabulous) blog).

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you so much Pauline! That helps and I will check it out given the chance. Please give my best to Paige and Rod if you talk to them 🙂

  4. There’s a company in England, Falconware, making very nice roproducutions of traditional enamel dishes.

  5. diana says:

    they are still made and sold new in south africa – i can help you get some if you like!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      That is very kind of you Diana. I am looking for old ones though, the ones that are a little bit ruff on the edges 🙂 Thanks again!!!

      1. janina says:

        Stephane! They will become ‘old and rough’ with use…don’t forego an opportunity like this! Otherwise, I’d suggest you just Google/Bing and see what you can find; there could be some a bit closer to you! Good luck!

  6. cathynd95 says:

    Mmm, not sure, but I inherited a white enamel bowl with a red piping line around rhe edge feom my mom when she passed away. I had no idea they are ao rare these days. It is also in great shape.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You are very lucky Cathy! Keep them for the next generation 😉 🙂

  7. Etsy or ebay would be my guess. In fact, I just went over Etsy and I found several right away.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Indeed the best sources I’ve checked so far… 😉

  8. Michelle says:

    There’s still a bit (albeit not French) to be found around here, but it has gotten expensive.

  9. msshe says:

    Pas d’ideés.
    Si je les vois je vous dirai la place.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Merci Sheila!!

  10. pinkagendist says:

    You should do a trip through Spain and Portugal. You won’t find much enamel, but quite a lot of rustic ceramics that are incredibly cheap and photograph beautifully. They usually keep the very gaudy stuff up front for tourists, but if you ask for the more simple versions in just blue and white or monochrome, there’s good stuff.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks for the tip!! If I go to Spain I’ll check it out for sure… 🙂

  11. Lisa says:

    Try or Enamel ware is so kewl! I would love to have some too!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you so much Lisa!!!

  12. backpackbee says:

    Best of luck on your hunt!

  13. Francesca says:

    There are so many on French ebay: If I lived there, I would be spending up like a mad woman.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks for all your help Francesca!! It seems the best ones are in the UK or the States. French ebay has a limited choice of old items or too many coffee pots… Thanks again for your precious help!!!

  14. You are right, there are sites over here that sell them. Would it be a difficult or impossible transaction? I saw vintage french enamelware on Ebay, is it international? Hope you find some, I can only imagine your photography using old enamelware.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I know! I can’t wait to find the right items. Ebay seems like the best way to go but I am still trying to find some locally…

  15. They have a lot of old enamel at the Brooklyn Flea Market. No website. Have you tried Etsy?

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I was just intruduced to Etsy. Great site! How I wish I could go to the Brooklyn Flea market with you… I mis NY!!!

  16. Francesca says:

    I have some exactly like this, because I too collect them Before the bushfire of 2009 here in Melbourne, I had many French ones- around 20, but most were destroyed. I managed to save three, they look a little worse for wear, but are still my favourite props. Have you tried ebay?

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Yes, I’ve been using different keywords and found quite a few. It is now a question of having to ship them back to France as most of the best ones are in the UK or the US… The funny thing is that most items originated from France 🙂

  17. susan rosen says:

    I went on eBay & searched enamelware~only 2,493 results! The enamelware I have bought on eBay has been from France!!! There are several vendors: I like “Lesley & Geoff” (I believe is the name of their site, but a search will turn them all up for you.) Best wishes & Thank You for your thoughtful as well as visually delightful posts! <3, Susan

    1. My French Heaven says:

      The French e-bay is quite pathetic. I may buy from e-bay UK or US. It will be funny to bring old dishes back to where they came from originally 😉 🙂

  18. anniedm778 says:

    I found quite a few on Ebay. Can you access Ebay from France? I also found this website: , which lists this pitcher: .

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you! This helps a lot. Ebay France is not very good, but with the right keywords, ebay UK has a lot to offer… 😉

      1. anniedm778 says:

        Happy to help! 🙂

  19. Sorry I can’t help. I have a couple old pieces but no idea where to find more outside garage/yard sales. Good luck!


    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Janet!

  20. Conor Bofin says:

    I have one. But, it is not gong to France. I hate to say that the guy I bought it from had eight. I didn’t want eight (fear of the Wife’s reaction). He wanted €5 for the eight and gave me the one for €1. We both thought we had done well. I now regret leaving the seven behind. I promise to keep an eye out for you.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you friend!!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Ebay is a great source thank you!!! I was using the wrong keywords I guess. The French e-bay has a very limited choice…

    1. My French Heaven says:

      With Etsy, the find is the best one so far. I will still try to find some enamel in local farm yards. People tend to use their yards like dump sites sometimes deep in the countryside… 🙂

      1. Linda Duffin says:

        Well, all of these dealers are getting it from somewhere … good luck.

  21. I’ll keep my eyes open…if I run across something, I’ll let you know!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Laila!!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I think I may find what I need through these two sites. Thank you so much! Etsy is really really nice… 🙂

  22. Linda Duffin says:

    Hi there, I think it’s all being imported to the UK via ebay! Have you checked the website? Also worth checking etsy.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I’ve checked Ebay but probably used the wrong keywords…

  23. April Glassborow says:

    Have you tried – good for vintage etc

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you for introducing me to Etsy. It is a revelation!

  24. You and me both Stéphane! I’m looking for some too (in Canada).

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Good luck!

  25. talkavino says:

    Is this possibly what you are looking for?

    1. My French Heaven says:

      That looks perfect, but all the stores that carry the brands are in the States. I’ll keep looking. Thanks a lot though!! 🙂

      1. talkavino says:

        If this is the only problem, this is easy! You can order and ship to my home address, and I will be glad to ship it to you. Or may think of someone who will be flying to France and can take it with them – I would be glad to do it too, but I don’t think I’m going to France this year…

        1. My French Heaven says:

          You are too too kind my friend. It seems that most vendors will ship to France though… Thanks again!!!

  26. juliabarrett says:

    Oh wow! That photo brings back memories. My grandmother had so much enamel.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Mine too! I wish we had kept some of them…

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