smitten by the fleas

my name is claudia and i’m a flea-aholic.

hi all! hope your weekend is winding down well and you had a good memorial day! guess it’s no surprise where i ended up on the last full day to myself! my girl christine and i went to the markets to pay for the things on hold and celebrate a great day in the sun with friends.

i’ve been meaning to introduce you to one of my dear flea friends, stephane. he has a stall at paul bert and was the perfect host, as usual, with a ton of guests, wine and cheese.

i wasn’t sure who’d want to be photographed so just stuck with the man himself. it’s funny cause you just never know who’s who at a place like the flea market. steph has a place close to me in the marais that was phtographed for a french magazine. he gave me a copy and i thought you may like the tour as much as i did.

some of the furniture is now in his shop, funny where things end up!

and we were hosted by another friend where we polished off an incredible homemade and gâteau more wine…

which led me to splurge and purchase these chairs!

of course, i had to choose carefully but it was so hard

how can you not love a place who upholstered everything in satin back in the day?

these were hard to resist

and even when we tried to do something other than the markets, the streets laid out more goodies before us at a brocante!

you never know what is going to be just ahead, guess that’s the magic of this ridiculously magical city.

here upon closer inspection were the relics of so many men who fought to protect it this dear place.

and their arms. how things have changed.

and i probably couldn’t leave paris without seeing a daybed on the street,

or a chaise for that matter!

i still have my heart set on this one but don’t think it’s gonna happen. i don’t have a store anymore and really not even an apartment. how’s that for the cobbler with no shoes?

the color combination is killing me! (thanks, mom, for saying i should get it. it would look good in my old room ;p

anyway, back to work tomorrow to restring the chandeliers with my clients so i’ll bring flowers and take pics of the final result. till then, have a great night and extend your weekend as long a possible!

May 30, 2010. Antique Shopping, Brocantes, Fleamarkets, France, Friends, Furniture, Marché aux Puces, Paris, Paris Apartments, Paris Flea Markets, Paris Trip.


  1. Heather replied:

    Okay, so seriously…is this what it is like every day in Paris? Or do we just get to see the pretty things? If I could spend my days in an environment like this, then I need to get my passport expedited and get a work visa. Completely swooning over here!


  2. Renae replied:

    Oh my goodness, so many lovelies. One would need their own charter ocean liner to get all home! So much fun, would love to have been along in person!


  3. starrydeborah replied:

    Claudia, I only got to go to one of these flea markets when I was in france, hopefully I will get to visit many more the next time around. I bet you had the hardest time deciding on everything! Thank you for bringing us along on your wonderful journey, merci beaucoup mon ami :)


  4. daisy replied:

    I’ve died and gone to heaven!!!!!!!!!!! How could you resist buying it all???? It’s too much beauty for me in one night, ha ha

    have a fabulous weekend!


  5. Julienne replied:

    The beauty of that chaise is that it can be broken up and moved around I think you shoul definitely go for it!


  6. Mark Edwards replied:

    Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all. :)


    • Claudia Tessler replied:

      So true. At least we can step into the romantic world of the past.
      If THAT furniture could speak… oh what stories it would tell>


  7. Karena replied:

    So many truly fab finds at the fleas. You know just where to go!!

    Art by Karena


  8. Linda replied:

    Oh my Lord…bliss!!! I need to move to Paris. I want to move to Paris!! I HAVE to move to Paris!!!!!!!!!! Fabulous post, thank you so much for sharing!


  9. ann marie replied:

    Thanks for the beautiful, wonderful photos in this post! Gorgeous eye candy!


  10. Trish replied:

    Wonderful Claudia…bless you!!!!! These are the photos, the sentiments, that made me fall in love with your blog years ago!!! I love your trips to Paris! When’s your next book coming out?! XO Trish


  11. Isabel ~ Maison Douce replied:

    Loved “traveling ” with you through the fleas… And you are right, that last chair set is to die for…. I swear my heart skipped a beat, or two!!!!


  12. Dore' replied:

    Bonjourn Claudia,
    So happy to have seen you over at my place. I have visited you a number of times and sorry to say I don’t always leave a comment, I just stop by to take in a bit of French :)

    I will now visit more often and leave a comment :)
    It is a BEAUTIFUL LIFE over here, and love all the French Lessons you give us, very inspiring with the French decor.

    I love painting signs, and have gotten away from French signs due to the over exposed French signs, You make me want to get up and go paint a French flea market sign :)

    I will see you soon.


  13. Cynthia Maniglia replied:

    I can’t wait to be there!!! Only 121 more days … torture.

    And I have to work today. Only fifteen more minutes for lunch break. Then back to work!


  14. J replied:

    Wow, what a great post! Really enjoyed it! (I’ve never been to this part of France, only to the Riviera)


  15. The Armchair Parisian replied:

    ::SIGH:: That’s all I can say. Love a good brocante…


  16. Amelia replied:

    Thank you for the wonderful post. My husband and I are planning a trip to Paris and I’m definitely going to Paul Bert after your write-up. Which other flea markets would you recommend?


  17. themorselblog replied:

    Yes, I too am swoooooooning. The blue satin chairs are unbelievably beautiful. I do have a (maybe dumb) question…maybe someone could answer…how DO you get your purchases home?


  18. kay ellen replied:

    Well my mouth is dropped open at all these treasures!!Wow~~~ amazing Claudia!
    !Lucky you!!
    Catching up on blogging~~back to gaze some more at your beautiful photos:))

    Have a great day!

    Kay Ellen


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  20. style maniac replied:

    How did I miss this post? You lucky girl! What an incredible place to work & shop. No wonder you were sad to come home!


  21. designstiles replied:

    I love daybeds. I want one so badly for our living room.


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