the paradox of passion

IMG_3043 bonjour mes amis, comment ça va? we’ve been enjoying the june sun and the bliss of  being able to stroll through the city without the worry of weather. i have just the slightest bit of guilt knowing i should be hitting the museums i’ve never seen and yet just can’t resist the lure of the markets, brocantes, street fairs and vide-greniers that take over so many neighborhoods this time of year. for me it’s as much fun as any tourist attraction and utterly irresistible so i won’t apologize for it, knowing that the museums will be there on some rainy day in the near future. in the meantime it feels good to to indulge this passion/obsession and enjoy every moment of it. today i wanted to share a little insight into finding these markets with those of you who share my petite addiction. IMG_3125 i’ve written about this before but wanted to post again because it is just so helpful when you’re in search of that perfect afternoon outing any day of the week. i was so grateful when my friend lorraine turned me onto this and i just love passing it on to my friends too. the very first thing i do upon arriving in paris is pick up a copy of ‘alladin’ magazine. there’s a pull-out section which lists each of the scheduled markets in paris and all over france. those numbered ’75’ are central paris. the number after paris is the arrondissement, or neighborhood.IMG_3011 it then tells the metro or the name of the event. sometimes you’ll find pamphlets in antique shops which are also good guides like this one put out by joel garcia and they have the schedule online: it helps to put the google translation bar on your search engine for even more description as to who what and when. i find it an invaluable tool: IMG_3025 the first one we hit today was close to our apartment so we walked, but in general one of my favorite tools is an app for the metro designed by zuti. you enter your location and then the destination and it maps it out with directions and time, changes and stops. IMG_3121 if you’re on foot, google maps will work without wifi and you can do the same by entering your starting point and destination. not having to use wifi is great and it tracks your path if you have location settings turned on. IMG_3013 IMG_3018 it was an aMaZiNg experience to enjoy antiques, ephemera, vintage clothing,  jewlery, perfume bottles and powder boxes in the glorious setting by the saint sulpice church which is famous for everything from the da vinci code to catherine deneuve’s apartment overlooking the square. IMG_3023 IMG_3110 keni got into the vintage fashion and always has an eye out for pieces for his collection at the museum of fashion, like this delicious YSL two-piece number IMG_3104 and he waited so patiently when i got caught in a rain shower with one of my favorite diversions, a booth full of ephemera, and the lovely vendor allowed me to take pics of her collection. most of the stall was paper from the well known parisian printer, ‘stern’ and was a colorful collection of prototypes and images she ammased when they closed their doors recently. they had printed everything for anyone who was anyone from birth announcements to wedding invitations, menu templates, family crests and logos, foil stamps, engravings, gold and silver edged card and oh so much more…

(let me know if you’d like to contact her via email, i have it but don’t want to post it here)


anyway it’s getting late and there are a few i’d like to hit bright and early tomorrow so.. one last thing for you to bookmark, a couple great resources if you’re putting your own trip together: d’accord, my friends are tired of hearing me type and it’s 3am! c’est tout pour ce soir, bonne nuit!

June 19, 2015. Antique Shopping, Brocantes, Fleamarkets, Furniture, Marché aux Puces, Paris, Paris Trip, vide-greniers.


  1. Gae Nunes replied:

    Looks like fun. Wish I were there!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. logan wilhelm replied:

    Enjoy your blog/newsletter so much! The amount of information is amazing and makes me want to visit. Have been there once with my daughter on a cruise with Grand Circle Travel and fell in LOVE! Wish I could visit every season of every year!!! Thanks for bringing France to us!

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      bonjour ladies, thanks for stopping by…i was hoping you’d get a kick out of it and coould stash the info for a later trip. it’s taken me many years to conquer to the maze of the markets and crack the code to the schedules of the brocantes. hope this helps and you do visit soon!


  3. Dayle replied:

    OoohLaLa Cherie- so much fun!!! Have a wonderful time xoxo

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Karena Albert replied:

    Claudia you really know your way around Paris and all of the best spots to hit along the way!! Here’s to many great finds on your journey!!

    The Arts by Karena
    Closer by Michael Clinton

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      thanks, karena…i still get lost in this maze of city and it’s always a new fun challenge to unravel it!


  5. PEGGY BRASWELL replied:

    I totally agree with everyone + sooo helpful.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Nikon replied:

    A very handy guide, but I was mostly just enjoying the photos :)
    I love the pics of the folks checking out the stalls and walking about with their dogs.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. The Paris Apartment replied:

    So glad you enjoyed them, Paul!


  8. Janice Dauksch replied:

    I want to shop every little booth you pictures ,especially the one where the young lady is standing


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