museum quality


brrrrrrr! it’s downright bone chilling cold in paris! today was our final day trudging though the slush and snow at the markets all weekend but i can definitely say our mission was accomplished!


i was fully focused on shopping with the crew so didn’t get much but photo memories which is somehow ok, at least this way i’ll have them forever.. and as my guy always says, you can’t buy it all!


going through the shots i couldn’t help but see that this trip i was attracted to art, paintings, sculpture and architectural artifacts…


the markets are so rich and thick that it really feels like a living, breathing museum. it’s a place where you can find junk juxtaposed with truly fine art.


and it’s not what a piece is worth but the joy it brings


and who makes the decisions as to what’s valuable if not the beholder?


the way the market vendors curate their booths is much more than you’d expect at a typical flea market and this year many sellers are really stepping up their game.


all sorts of busts and statuary are displayed as if they’re uber important pieces in super simple vignettes.


of course you can always find the funky, fun stuff


and the french certainly have a sense of humor about their past!


and one piece can really set a regal mood. you’d never know these were flea finds!


i guess i do wish i could buy it all and surround myself in my own tiny museum


but for now i’ll settle for just enjoying the pics and thinking about ways to incorporate more art in my world.


as for the gang, we finished up our weekend with stephane who always brings the market to life and today he greeted us in the cold with champagne and oysters, using snow in an ice bucket and along a huge silver tray for the shells he shucked. we had a ball and everyone left happy and well overfed. i’ll clue you in when the time comes as to what we all did but for now it’s off to bed, a couple pounds heavier but i guess that’s what winter is for, n’est-ce pas? enjoy the rest of your weekend!

January 21, 2013. art, Fleamarkets, Paris, Paris Flea Markets, Shopping, Vanves Flea Market.


  1. Clare replied:

    Such amazing pieces of art! Thanks for sharing. Looks you all had a marvellous time – even in the slush!

    Clare x

  2. pixelrites replied:

    Beautiful art! thank you

  3. nancy replied:

    ohhhh, the artist with the easel and the doggie —best ever !!! once again you make me GREEN with envy……..thank for taking us outside the city this time ……love love love it all…………..nancy

  4. Ms Anon replied:

    Decisions, decisions! Good thing you got photos. What a feast Stephane provided!

  5. Mom replied:

    Good times with good people equals a good life. LOLove

  6. peggy braswell replied:

    Oh how I love everything here + Good friends = good times. Great photos.

  7. barbara acuff replied:

    Oh my…I especially adore the marble bust (pic 6)!
    How I wish it were mine….thanks for sharing your lovely finds~

  8. Martha O'Brien replied:

    Paris pounds don’t count…. It is part of the magic.

  9. Jen Lawrence replied:

    Champagne and gorgeous sculpture. I’m crying with envy (in a good way!)

  10. Lucinda Keller replied:

    How amazing! Love it all! Especially aged statue with her arm over her head! Just lovely!
    Happy 2013 to you! Keep warm!!!!

  11. Kim Doherty replied:

    My husband and I will be going to the Lille market this year. It has been a dream of mine to attend this market. Any helpful hints?
    Thanks, Kim

  12. The Paris Apartment replied:

    i went last fall and it was a ball! bring a rolling cart (both of you) and rent a car to get there!

  13. Lisa Harris Palazzolo replied:

    Ooh how I wish we had something even remotely close to that kind off adventure here! I would say Paris pounds are worth it.

  14. Belle Inspiration Magazine replied:

    Bonjour Claudia,

    Looks like you had quite a snowy adventure at the market – that makes two of us. I’m surprised we didn’t run into each other. it was a bit slushy wasn’t it? Had the pleasure of meeting Stéphane this summer,when you told me to stop by, and he mentioned that warehouse full of treasures.

    Hope you are back home safe and sounds… and much warmer. Still cold here but snow has stopped for now, it came just for you.

    Talk soon,

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