the sum of the parts

hi gang, how was your holiday? i hope it was really long and lazy!

between naps i started unwrapping my stash from  last month’s trip to nice.

it wasn’t till the last day that i picked up a few things for myself. (actually to sell but i can love them for awhile :)

i’m an ephemera-nut…i have a feeling you are too?  the menus, the cards, the love notes…i swooned!

i thought this one would make a pretty business card

super fun stuff at the fleas

and don’t get me going on the textiles!

ok i give in! there were incredible vintage fabrics (quilts, spreads, unused, patched) but as my guy says, you can’t buy it all…then again, there’s that container i’ve been dreaming of, and i’m having another OKL sale in november…

i can’t describe the gorgeousness of the linens. every one is a work of art. not to mention the preservation techniques and impeccable laundering.

i had to get this little tray when the woman told me it was used to carry in the mail.

i fell for these chairs, i love their curly whimsy!

i did manage to nab these pink shades that were still in their original 30s wrapping paper

and this black lacquer tray, made in occupied japan

i got this for you, dad!

there was an infinite variety of les coiffeuses

this one packed right up and rolled out!

furniture, doors, hutches

accessories, electronics, phones, vintage clothes

…and the books

i think i fell hardest for the books. these were all piled up and dirty but so pretty together. they’re all from the 1800s and seemed to have been a collection for a very long time. turns out two of them are a set, with hand painted hot pink covers, what’s left of them. but the insides are perfectly preserved. some are stamped and inked. all are magnificent!

i had to tie them with a satin ribbon right away.

they were my muses the past few days as i’ve been trying to understand my camera better

liz finally made me put them away

anyway it’s so the little things isn’t it? well i better get going. i could go on and on obviously! but for your notes, if you go to the region (by the by i’m heading back in august and september so if anyone is over and wants to rendezvous, let me know)! if you do go my advice would be to hit the first magazine shop and look at the brocante and antique magazines like aladin. check the local paper for brocantes, vide greniers and special markets.

and for those who aren’t going away, i hope you don’t feel like you can’t find anything here in the states. i was out last week and found this oil painting from vienna in a collective (among many other things)! there’s incredible stuff all over in the u.s., in every town, so don’t give up on yours and vow to find that one fab thing. hit your local consignment, thrift, collectives and antique stores even if you think they’re really grungy or way chi chi. ok better get back to it, have a great night!

July 9, 2012. Antique Shopping, Cours Saleya, Fleamarkets, France.


  1. Jean replied:

    Oh, boy, would Fiona love that purple fold-up vanity or whatever it was. So space-saving, but yet so purple. And those napkins look like the ones that I bought with you in Paris last year. They have been laundered since Thanksgiving, but are STILL waiting to be pressed!

    Can’t wait to hit L’Isle Sur La Sorgue! Less than 5 weeks now!


    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      i would love to have gotten that for her! It’s like purple faux fur on the outside and actually throughout! i’m sure they still have it since it’s for a VERY specific person…


  2. Connie replied:

    Oh my. Beautiful things. Beautiful photos. I’m heading up to Montana tomorrow. Can’t wait to see what I can find in the flea markets there. Wish me luck!


  3. Nikon replied:

    My God, what a collection! You can sure pick beautiful things and take beautiful photos of them!
    I love the vintage art work especially.


  4. Jan replied:

    Oh how I want that black lacquered plate and a bundle of those cloths. I do miss shopping them in Europe.


    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      well it’s there waiting for whenever you get back! i think it just keeps changing hands over the centuries. some of it looks like it was never used!


  5. Jennifer replied:

    I love the black lacquered plate with the feather, too! I’m starting a collection of accessories with feathers!


  6. Rhonda replied:

    I was drooling over your post…amazing finds and those books, to die for!


  7. Vintage Revival - French Furniture replied:

    I love the cherub cuffs!


  8. susan allen replied:

    i can’t take it i just can’t take it i just wanted to touch everything thanks for the beautiful post, susan


  9. Rebecca Grace replied:

    The BOOKS!!! The LINENS!!! I’m in rapture. That white-on-white monogram with the crown — is that done in a raised satin stitch embroidery, or is the lettering trapunto applique? I can’t tell from the picture, but the 3-D effect and workmanship are staggeringly beautiful!


    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      that linen was beyond magnificent! there was a tiny hole so i didn’t get it cause i’m looking for really perfect pieces for okl but at least we have the pic…


  10. Madonna replied:

    Do those curly white chairs match those in the last photo of the painting? That last painting looks like one that used to hang in my grandmother’s living room.


    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      the SO look like the ones in the painting! i love that! they’re from different countries so i guess not but that can be our little fantasy :)


  11. Yvette replied:

    The books are dreamy. I love your job!


  12. Heidi replied:

    Oh my where to begin…what to say…I’m on in love overload!!!
    amazing treasures…..all of it!


  13. Angela replied:

    Hi there, I am relatively new to your blog as I was researching ones featuring all things French before we left for our vacation to the South of France. Now we are here, oh the weather, the scenery, so different from northern Europe (we are British but live in Antwerp, Belgium where it is mainly grey!). Anyway, just checked in and saw your lovely loot, just wanted to ask, is it all from Nice? I was planning on going there next Monday (just saw that their market is on Mondays) and would love to purchase some of that beautiful linen? i’m not sure how the rest of the party are going to feel about trawling through the markets, maybe I take my daughter and her boyfriend into Nice to shop by themselves and keep my husband to carry things. Our cute little Maltipoo might come in on the haggling front, everybody loves little chloe! Any tips on the haggling side?

    Best Angela


    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      hi angela, the collection is all along the cote d’azur starting at nice, heading west toward antibes, cannes and st tropez. you are going to find aMaZiNg goodies on your trip including linens! my best haggling tip is not to haggle at all if it’s a good deal. vendors work so hard to find it , clean it, press it, fix it, lug and pack it. that said, if you’re buying more than one item ask for the meilleur prix and they will usually offer something reasonable.
      As for your maltipoo, she will be welcome everywhere!


  14. vintageandart. replied:

    What fantastic treasures you’ve found…no-one could walk past those linens and lovely paintings.


  15. Paris Rendez-vous replied:

    A gorgeous stash Claudia….loved that little silver ‘mail’ tray too.


  16. Merillion replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    This was a fascinating group of pics! I’m partial to the textiles/linens, and extremely partial to Maurice Chevalier. I saw him in NYC many years ago – think it was a one-man show. Loved him in “Gigi” & one old movie where he sings “Mimi.”


  17. Style Maniac replied:

    Oh la la, what fantastic finds!!


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  20. Natasha Love replied:

    I’m in love with old vintage books and when I saw the photos of the ones pictured, well I almost flipped. I WANT THEM!! They are gorgeous, thanks for sharing such amazing things.


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