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. 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. 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: http://joel-garcia-organisation.fr. 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: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/173424?hl=en 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. 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. 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. 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 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: www.evous.fr/Brocantes-et-vide-greniers-a-Paris-1147829.html www.spam.fr/evenements.php?type=Brocante d’accord, my friends are tired of hearing me type and it’s 3am! c’est tout pour ce soir, bonne nuit!
bonjour tout le monde, coming to you from gay paree! i spent the last few days at the flea market with clients from perth, australia who are buying for their antique business which will be set in a gorgeous church they’re converting into a store.
i promised to keep it hush hush for now and will be blogging more about it when it’s ready to go. but i couldn’t resist sharing a little of our time together. they asked me to help them find a lamp post to hang their shingle and i knew just where to go to look, but what we found surprised even me. next to an everyday light that had been removed from a paris street were three magnificent lamposts that had come directly from the Champs-Élysées!
hard to believe this magnificent piece of history was available for purchase but then again, that’s the beauty of the french flea market; it’s a place where you can take piece of history home with you, even if that means all the way around the world to australia.
the details were beautiful and on one hand i can’t understand how they could have been slated for removal after all these years, but on the other, i’m grateful that they’re there for the taking for someone who truly appreciates them.
the plan is to get them to their new home within the next 80 days for the grand opening, so they’ll be packed up and shipped on monday.
i can’t wait to see them in their new home! we’re finishing up tomorrow, so for now, it’s lights out!
ps i’m in paris for the next couple weeks so if you’re interested in shopping the markets together email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. bonne nuit!
good morning dear friends! it’s a bright brand new sunday and i hope you’re enjoying a wonderful wekend. it’s a special day over here, after months of prep (one of the reasons i’ve been MIA), we’re having a tastemaker tag sale on one king’s lane! it starts at 11 am and the link is here: https://www.onekingslane.com/sales/23884
as you may know, i’ve been in a minimilst phase for the past year or so and have been scaling back in all aspects of my life. after having ‘the paris apartment’ for (gasp)! 20 years this year, i’m finally ready to say i’ve tried pretty much everything i’ve wanted to do in my career and now want to refine it to doing the things i truly enjoy.
putting this sale together reminded me of my true passion and why i got into this business to begin with. i adore the past. yes i love my technology too but i’m as obsessed as ever about the way we were able to operate before we had the help of anything but pencil and wit.
as all of you antique and vintage lovers know, there’s an energy we get just from being around old objects. my frend ellen talks about ‘wabi sabi’ when referring to how so many of us feel about (supposedly) inanimate objects. i looked it up just now and got this from wikipedia: wabi sabi connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.
as i’m getting ready for the girls to come over, i’m quietly going through the apartment and collecting the pieces i’ve been enjoying so much on my own nightstand and on the cocktail table and photographing them in the early sunlight. each one must have had a special energy to all come together and make up the collection we’re unvelilng today. i was just going through some of the items that are going up for sale and realizing that i’m going to miss some of them! i’ll give you a preview:
my obsession has always been all things boudoir and the relationships between people. this little book is in english and one i’ve been meaning to read since the day i got it. maybe i can read it in one sitting tonight!
i picked up this university book in paris and have leafed through it almost every day for a year. it never ceases to amaze me with what’s inside. drawings of interiors, jewelry, household accessories, everything that was de rigueur for a student to know about french design…
i adore the old calalogs from au bon marche, gallerie lafayette and au louvre! thank heavens someone knew to save them, what do we save today, and what’s worth saving?
i will truly miss some of these one of a kind pieces. candy is off at school this semester taking CAD and learning how to design furniture. i found these hand drawn pencil renderings in paris and had them framed. i have studies their intricacy and delicacy and will never get over the detail, creativity and lasting design they continue to have today!
i love the notes, the stamps, the numbering, the tiny basket of flowers on the back of the chair!
ooop! that’s the first knock on the door, i could go on and on but lisa is here to make some boxes so i’m off to play hostess and start the coffee. hope you enjoy the sale!!