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good morning friends and happy friday. the photo above was so fascinating i had to post it. it’s the return of the mona lisa to the louvre after the nazi invasion of paris.  once they were conquered she was free be the paris we take so for granted. our muse!

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i hope you don’t mind a second day posting about my trip to paris with okl. they posted a lot of information on their blog about the trip yesterday after susan’s container sale went up. since they took the time to interview me about my favorite markets, i turned into a jpeg that can be read below. for me it’s a virtual scrapbook and this is the best place to keep it cause, hey,  a blog is forever. (sort of)! hope you enjoy it!

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day trips to paris markets

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thanks for coming by and hope you got some info and maybe a bee in your bonnet to go to paris or anywhere soon, there’s nothing like traveling. i’ll be putting my trip together for late summer and fall soon and will keep you posted on the progress. maybe i’ll close up the apartment here since i have to move and just hit the road for a couple months. after all, times they are always a changin’ and you never know what’s next. till then, have  a bon weekend!

June 7, 2013. Antique Shopping, Clignancourt Flea Market, Clignancourt Market Paris, Decorating, Design, flea markets, Fleamarkets, OKL, Paris, Paris Flea Markets. 4 comments.

a dream came true

TPA AND OKL SHOP PARIS WITH CLAUDIA STRASSER AND SUSAN FELDMAN

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good morning mes chere amis! it’s been a long winter and hard to believe that i was able to keep a secret for 6 months, but today can finally reveal a career highlight i’ve been sitting on! i didn’t want to spoil the fun of having takin one king’s lane founder, Susan Feldman on a wild shopping spree in paris in january for her container sale that’s happening right now! it was brutal weather and we trudged through slush with wet uggs and red noses but we beat down doors and got beautiful treasures for a sale i hope you’re going to really enjoy! take a look: Susan’s Container Sale

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well, i better get back to reality. it was fun reliving our trip and i hope we can do it again soon, as it was a dream come true to be there together. as you know, i love to share my sources and passion for the markets and Susan really absorbed it. she had a vision. i hope you and i can shop together sometime too! i’ll be there in september, maybe we can plan a blogger’s meet up if you’re there? something to think about. for now it’s back to work to make it happen, more soon!

June 6, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Antique Shopping, Decorating, Design, Fleamarkets, OKL, Paris, Paris Flea Markets, Shopping. 16 comments.

museum quality

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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!

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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!

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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of course you can always find the funky, fun stuff

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

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

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

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

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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. 18 comments.

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