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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Special Paris Flea Market

Hello everyone!  I want to tell you about a very special Paris flea market that I went to at the end of my trip.

Claudia Strasser recommended it in her latest book, “Paris Flea Market Style” and I had written the address in my Iphone notes, hoping I would get a chance to go.  It’s the Marche aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves on Ave. Marc Sangnier & Ave. Georges Lafenestre in the 14th Arrondissement and is only open on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00-1:00.  I’ll give you fair warning there are lots of photos in this post, but I think you’ll enjoy them.


Do you see the smile on my face?  Do you see the “stuff” in the background?  Only a drop in the bucket I might add as there are around 250 vendors.


My cousin Bobbi and I got there early in the morning and stayed until the dealers packed up their stuff.  There was everything from artwork, chandeliers, fabric & linens, jewelry, glassware, and furniture. 


There were plenty of café au lait bowls from a couple dealers, but I thought the price was pretty high so I didn’t come back with too many of them.


No shortage of bowls here!  Pick your color!


It’s hard for me to resist a nice vintage Eiffel Tower and this one was quite heavy and large at around 12”.  At 75 euros though I left it in Paris!  Love the little b&w photo of the young boy dressed as a sailor in the background.


I’m always drawn to clock faces.


Ooh la la!


Loved this copper pot clock.  It would look great in a Country French kitchen.


Baskets for baguettes anyone?


I fell for the combination of weaves on this basket.


And this style of basket is so historical and utilitarian.  The dark patina is so charming.


These miniature baskets were carried on pilgrimages to Vichy and contained a glass for drinking the healing water.  It’s a type of mineral water that is naturally effervescent and comes from the springs at Vichy in central France.




This dealer had tons of vintage wallpaper samples that would be beautiful framed.




I spotted some very special seltzer bottles, too.  Could be vaseline glass.



Copper and sconces with crystals….quintessential French.


Nice bones on this chair and I liked the base of the iron floor lamp.


Lots of mid-century modern mixed in.  Très chic!


Loved the detail on this pair of chairs.


I saw lots of armoire doors and think they look great installed on built-ins.




A fancy cartouche on a Louis Philippe mirror.






I’m always on the lookout for great frames.


Stacks and stacks of engravings.  You could spend hours going through them.


There’s always Hermes hiding somewhere….even if it is just the boxes.


These were the coolest group of fellas.  A bunch of the dealers sitting around playing a card game and not paying much attention to their booths!  Bobbi asked if we could take their picture and they were happy to oblige two giddy American gals.


A highlight of the day was meeting fellow Etsy sellers…French Vintage Shop.  They are a lovely husband/wife team and it feels so good to meet other kindred spirits and make an immediate connection.  They had wonderful items for sale and I purchased this nice set of enamel canisters.  I actually carried them on the plane!  I’m sure I’ll be doing more business with them in the future.  I regret not getting a photo with them.  I don’t know why I didn’t think about it.



All in all a lovely typical Parisian flea market on a couple pretty tree-lined streets.


I had a fun and productive day.  I must admit it’s very difficult to take pictures and try to shop all at the same time.


At the intersection of the two streets.


Groovy man!



Before we left, we stopped for a crepe at the corner food truck and listened to the old-time piano player as Claudia recommended in her book.


I recently gave a book review about “Paris Flea Market Style” by Claudia Strasser HERE.  I highly recommend her book if you are planning a trip to Paris or if you just want to be virtually whisked away in Frenchland.  It certainly came in handy for me!

Patti and Paula over at Ivy and Elephants are having a great give-away going on now and one lucky recipient will receive a copy of the book “Paris Flea Market Style”.  Patti emailed me to say they had mentioned my book review post.  Thanks so much gals for the mention and link back.  Hop on over to Ivy and Elephants to enter and wish them a Happy Blogiversary!



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Unknown said...

I loved this post! I haven't been to Paris in a couple of years and miss it terribly!
Thanks for sharing

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So fun seeing all this stuff, but you are driving me crazy making me want to go now. Only 3 1/2 more months. It will be here before we know it.

Elephants & Ivy said...

Thanks Kim. Lots of yummy eye candy. Love your post and will have to save to get in on one of your great trips!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

I loved tagging along with you at the flea market!

cheri said...

Hi Kim, How wonderful to see your photos. I was just there almost two weeks ago. After visiting Clignacourt, Vanves was a joy to behold. I found some beautiful linen bed sheets, a great silver cuff bracelet,a nightgown and a few other trinkets. How fun it would be to visit it weekly!!After spending two weeks in Paris, I'm looking at the world differently. Blessings to you too, Cheri (we have the same floors)

Cat @ Sunday Brocantes, France said...

Oh so familiar! Yes! Taking pictures and shopping at the same time is tricky! I often make a pass through an entire market just to shop and then return to shoot after. I find that if you are noticed taking pictures then the prices suddenly go up! up! up! (If the 'American accent' hasn't already!)

I love the table of the vendors! There is such a great vibe to the open markets.

Love seeing your pictures!
xx Cat

Unknown said...

I loved all your photos! What great stuff! I hope to be able to go some day soon! I'm a new follower! Love your blog.

Sarah said...

Kim, Porte de Vanves is one of my favorite markets. I go every time I'm in Paris, usually on Saturday morning early. It's fun to wade through all the treasures. I always find something to bring back home. Thanks for sharing the photos. Makes me feel as if I've had a little excursion. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Two hundred and fifty vendors is a huge flea market. That sounds like a lot of good times in Paris. I like the teapot with the red trim, talk about selection. My favorite piece, by far, was the copper pot clock. We used to have an exact replica of that wicker chair.

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