Flea Markets of Paris: An interactive map of my favorites

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bonjour everybody, it’s been a while but i’m finally back in the groove. i hope your december is in full swing!

it’s been pretty busy around here and i wanted to take a minute to post an exciting collaboration The Paris Apartment just finished with logo_af_AF

(my dad worked with them for his entire career so it’s full circle in our family and extra fun to have been asked)!

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We used our app, Keys to the Fleas to create this interactive map where you can get info on the flea markets throughout Paris including which metro to use, hours and the specialty of each.

 

 

 

 

Click the map below for real time info:

TPA MAP FOR AIR FRANCE

(this map was made with the help of  air france who happen to be running cheap flights to and from Paris right now)

i have to admit putting it together gave me total wanderlust for the markets. thank god it’s winter or i’d be tempted to take a quick trip for holiday gifts.

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it’s one place that’s fascinating enough to go to again and again.

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not sure why it’s got such an alluring power…maybe cause it’s never the same twice, or that you’re sure to find something you’ll cherish forever. it’s definitely an archaeological and anthropological exploration that’s a mix of high-highs and low-lows.

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half the fun is the people who make it happen every week rain, shine, sun or snow.

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lots of people think it’s just old junk but once you get past the high or low end display you can find something special at every single booth, especially in unpacked boxes if you’re into snooping like i am

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small stuff has become more my focus after importing a container full of armoires, beds and mirrors needing repair upon arrival…

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now sometimes a button or pillbox is enough

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and a love letter can certainly do the trick…

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lately the markets have been kind of a study of the renovation of paris. they’re tearing out the old doors, chandeliers, mantles and panels and this is where they end up. at least we can have them if no one else wants them!

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i’ve always had a bit of a chair fetish and this is the place to indulge in it~

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hot pink velvet or stripped down all the way they’re just full of personality

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the deconstructed look is my personal favorite although not the most comfy. but the techniques they used to do on the inside is a lost art…

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we use foam and dacron now instead of hay and horsehair. guess that’s not a bad upgrade but i still love look of the old stuff

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and the patina of a well turned arm on a chaise or sofa, well, don’t get me started

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mostly i’m attracted to the small boudoir chairs that once held the ladies at their vanities who started trends from inspiring dramatic furniture, showing ankles, drinking in public to voting. here’s to the showgirls, flappers, ingenues, actresses and suffragettes!

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anyway it was a long time since i’d gone thru my photos. kinda like seeing old friends. they told me at mac i was a media hoarder cause i have 30k photos. but it’s ok it’s only ether. and the markets will always be an infinite source of inspiration whether in pics or in person

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anyway…in celebration of the season we’re giving away two Paris Flea Market Style books that can ship out next week. if you’re interested just say so! and now, to all a great night~

December 10, 2014. Tags: . Air France, flea markets, Fleamarkets, France, Paris.

34 Comments

  1. Sarah Barton-King replied:

    So sad that they re ripping out such beauty. Claudia, as you say we can have them. If we have the place to put those wonderful pieces. You know it reminds me of when in London they pulled out beautiful fireplaces and moldings and French Doors to put ‘flush doors’ to ‘modernize.
    Anyhow, thank goodness for you! I would love one of the books, so I’ll give you my address and finger’s crossed one will arrive.
    Sarah Barton-King The Pink Room
    1 East 93rd Street #1A
    New York
    NY10128
    USA

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  2. Suzanne replied:

    This has made my afternoon……..I love the way you have captured the Paris Fleas and it is my #1 dream…..to be in Paris at the fleas someday soon but until then…..I have yr passion and generosity of time and talent that you are sharing <3 Fantastic!!! and would love to win a book by chance …..Merci, Suzanne Castellon

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  3. Melanie House replied:

    When I studied at the Sorbonne, often the flea markets were the only place we could find things to make our tiny hovels “home”. Now I so long to get back to shop for beautiful things. I promised my daughter we would go for her 18th birthday, graduating high school and starting art school.

    I would love your book so I can be ready for my next trip over with my hovel-dwelling daughter. :)

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  4. Alexis replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    I’ve admiring and sighing dreamily over your blog for years!
    So sad about the modernizations being done in this glorious city. To me all the rocaille, the history, the grandeur, is the epitome of Paris.
    But yes, at least we can have it. :)
    But as someone who wants to study conservation and preservation, it’s a knife to the heart. :)

    I would absolutely LOVE to receive your book, as I love your aesthetic, dream of revisiting Paris soon and because I am in the process of decorating my apartment and need some inspired help! :)

    Have a lovely day!

    – Alexis

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  5. beachbabyblues replied:

    Oh My ~ so many lovely things ~ I adore chairs as well ~ would be honored to win your book !!
    Thank you for such delicious inspiration !!

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  6. Laura Bradley replied:

    I shared and drooled…the book looks awesome…Id love to win one of the two books you are giving ….Merry Christmas to me!!!!

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  7. Barbara replied:

    Loved this, thanks for sharing. I have the Paris Flea Market book and it is great. I would have loved to shop at some while in Paris but it didn’t happen. These photos are wonderful and make me feel like I’m in France. Merci. :)

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  8. Ruth replied:

    You bet I would love a copy! I go to Paris twice each year for a month at a time and flea markets are wonderful! I would adore your book before I spend half of April and half of May in my favorite apartment on the Ile St. Louis!

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    • Judi replied:

      We’re going to be looking for an apt for next May/June for 3-4 weeks. Love referral if you have one -not sure what your situation might be. Thank you, Judi I’ll check back here later :)

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  9. Julie Mautner replied:

    Claudia, congrats on the app! Wish I had had it on my trip to Paris last week. Oh well, next time! Hope to meet you one day, in Paris, Provence or Miami…
    Happy Holidays!

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  10. Judi replied:

    This is such a great idea and congratulations on the app. Going to get it for our “hoped for” trip to Paris next May! I would love to get a copy of your book-love the cover photo. Did you do the photos in it – I’m kind of new to your blog so don’t yet have all the scoop!

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    • Rosalyn Warg replied:

      I’d really love to have that book!!! Happy Holidays to you!

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  11. Rié | Portobello Design Blog replied:

    I would love to win one of the books. For me to attend a Paris Flea Market would be a dream, and your new app Keys to Fleas would making finding them very simple! Thank you for all the information! Rié

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  12. Candi Duncan replied:

    I too would love to win one of your books! Your app Keys to the Fleas, was the beginning of so much fun in Paris for me. I see the pictures and I can’t wait to return.
    Merry Christmas, Candi

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  13. Lochrin Jane replied:

    Sigh! All this French flea market stirs something in my soul. I think I should go there at least once before I die! Although I’m sure having dipped my toe in I wouldn’t be able to stay away… probably end up drowning in flea market finds, which may not be a bad way to go!

    Would love some of those chairs and mirrors. But so heartbreakingly sad to see that they’re being thrown out by Parisians on such a scale. Each one is a piece of history to be treasured.

    The app sounds great. Hope to use it soon!

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  14. Suzanne Bernadette replied:

    Oh yes!! We are of the SAME cloth Claudia!
    THIS IS what I want to do next visit to Paris… I saw a lovely old button, with the Eiffel Tower hand painted on the button….swoon…all I wanted….beautiful. But was not for sale, as was only a picture on Pnterest…
    I HAVE to share this with some friends!
    I’ve missed you/your e-mails!
    And oh, ABSOLUTELY enter me to win a book!
    xoxoxo
    Suzanne

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  15. Chandra Keller replied:

    Would LOVE a copy of your book!!! Such a treasure in and of itself, it’s a perfect way to “go” to Paris until I can get there in person 😊

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  16. Hostess replied:

    I am travelling to Paris next Spring and I am so excited to see you have a flea market app which I plan to upload so I can explore some of the locations. I would love to win one of your books !

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  17. Suzanne Moore replied:

    I’m throwing my chapeau in the ring for your book, I’d love a copy! Your flea market photos have me drooling.

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  18. Jan replied:

    OMG am I interested in the flea market book. Planning a trip to France next year and would love to hit some flea markets!!

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  19. janice kempf replied:

    I would love to win one of your books!
    Thanks,
    Janice

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  20. Nikon replied:

    Your photos are always beautiful, Claudia!
    I love the photos of the trinkets and bits of “this and that” – so nice to look at & wish I was there.
    Please enter me in the book drawing!

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  21. Your Cottage White replied:

    Love this app lets go try it in Paris……………….

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  22. Karena Albert replied:

    How great to put this app together Claudia, after all you are the expert! What is better than coming across that very special find! Of course I would be thrilled to win your book!

    All the best this holiday season!
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  23. taney stunai replied:

    i would love to win a book. your posts and photos always make my day! i hope to go back to Paris and walk through all the fleas too. thank you!

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  24. Joanne C. replied:

    Bonjour, comment allez-vous ? I like reading your post on Paris. I wish there was more blogs like this en French :) but I think my English is not so bad. Thank you for the useful app. on les Marchés aux puces. Je vais à Paris. Paris here I am !…. Next Spring Okkkk ? So maybe the book could be of some help to discover all the past memories of France, ma cousine ! Au revoir mon amie.

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  25. Debie Pettry (@mybrocante) replied:

    It breaks my heart that Paris is changing.. Long time Paris resident Johnny Depp bought a place just a few miles from me (Nashville)and my next door neighbor just sold his apartment in Paris because he said it has changed so.Relics of what was once Paris are more treasured than ever…All my chairs have horsehair or hay stuffing..the hay is noisy lol. Your photos were inspirational.

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  26. Trish replied:

    Oh YES I am very interested in the book!!!! This was a great article and I’m going to the Puces De Saint-Ouen and Puces De Vanves someday!!!

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  27. Angela Christine Stiles replied:

    Love your blog! Been a follower for years! The book would be amazing! Your eye for capturing beauty is a rare gift!!

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  28. Kim Kuhn replied:

    I would cherish a copy of the book. Thank you for sharing your talent and capturing the many treasures that make exploring Paris so exciting.

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  29. karen kiritsis replied:

    Hello, I love your blog, and everything french. Thank you for the opportunity to win that beautiful book.

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  30. meterrilee replied:

    One of my dreams is to visit the Paris flea markets–I’ve been to Paris twice but did not have the opportunity for this. I would love a copy of the book. Thanks so much–enjoy your posts immensely!

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  31. Richard Thomas replied:

    Love the arcile, but must of all love Paris Flea Market. Thank you very much for sharing. Love it too, what it seems to be the vintage or mid century furniture. I’m addicted to mid century furniture. I found once an article about that and I just love it.

    http://brabbu.com/blog/2014/08/how-to-add-mid-century-design-furniture-to-your-home-in-7-steps/

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  32. Missie Harrison replied:

    always enjoy your artical , and I dream of going to Paris one day, have two of your books would love to have this one once it comes out, , but for now you will be my eyes and show me the sights thanks you so much

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