You might have thought Paris was all fun and drinking and eating, but I had some real work to do while I was overseas. Going to flea markets and digging through to find gems that I could bring back with me for the store was hard work. I had to wade through Chanel jewels, Louis Vuitton trunks, Hermes handbags to find things I/my customers could actually afford. Okay, maybe this didn’t exactly feel like work. More like a dream come true. Why don’t flea markets in the US look like this?
Who knew that flea markets had velvet ropes? They do in Paris!
One of the most famous flea markets is the one at Porte de Clignancourt (Les Puces de Saint-Ouen) and it’s definitely worth a trip. There’s something for everyone – whether you’re looking for cheap knick knacks or super high end furniture, traditional pieces or very modern. We spent hours there, but there is so much to see you could probably spend a couple days just wandering around. I found some unique pieces – vintage luggage and some jewels, magazine covers from the 1920’s, a beautiful wood frame…that was one of my carry on pieces on the flight home. Yep, you should’ve seen the looks I got.
Here are some of my favorite pieces from Paris, now available at the shop:
A framed vintage Lanvin ad.
A framed original cover of “La Vie Parisienne” from the 1920’s.
Vingate gold wood frame…framing a Paris vs New York print.
Part of the reason we decided to go to Paris in January was because of Maison et Objet. It’s one of the largest (if not the largest) home and accessories show in the world. Being there was incredible and made me wish Europe wasn’t so far away. There were so many amazing companies that I would love to carry in the shop…but not only would the shipping costs be astronomical making it impossible for a small business like us to afford them, but some companies won’t even do business with American companies. I’m talking with some of the vendors to try to get some of their products in the shop, but even if things fall thought, it was worth it to be there just for the experience. Inspiration was everywhere. There were so many other things that I loved – but some vendors were really strict with their no photos rule. Next time I know not to ask for permission – just take the photo and then politely put the camera away when they ask you to. Here are a few of my favorites that I was able to sneak (I apologize for the quality – taken with my iphone):
Gotta love that you can get a macaron and champagne pretty much anywhere you go in Paris…even at a Maison et Objet!