a french tradition: the gingerbread & ham antique fair

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bonjour from paree~coming to you from a day of shopping on the outskirts of paris to visit a fair that happened to be happenning while we’re here. i’ve always wanted to check out the foire de chatou which is held on what’s affectionately known as ‘the island of the impressionists’ from a time when painters like monet and renoir created some of their most famous works here.

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today chatou hosts a fair that’s been a tradtion since the middle ages, having moved around a lot and finally finding its home twice a year in this idyllic spot. it’s definitely worth a trip if you’re here at the right time of year.

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how it became known as the fair of ham and gingerbread is another story and you can read all about it on the fair’s website linked above.

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like all things in paris it’s taken on an air of a pleasant afternoon strolling through chic stands and trying to decide what to get when you want it all. well, almost all.

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there was a mix of furniture, lighting and linens

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with the displays full of smalls including glass, paintings and statuary

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i guess i was a little obsessed with this vendor but there was so much creativity in his tiny space

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i had an urge to leave with garden goodies, and maybe cause i just got a dog, fell in love with these.

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but i had to be realistic about shipping this time, and sneaking these in with my carry-on was not gonna workIMG_5141

so instead we enjoyed the weather and ate like kings and queens

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the food and desserts were gorgeous, but i was so busy eating that i didn’t get too many photos of the food

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when we were fully nourished i vowed to stick with paper and ephemera starting with this old portable writing set, aka early laptop

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these engravings were hand tinted, matted in gray and hung in coral frames

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we found some of our own and decided to frame them at home

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as both a book and handwriting lover i’m always looking for journals and ledgers. under a table was one from a boulangerie

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and i couldn’t resist these artist sketchbooks from the 1800s

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suffice it to say i wanted it all

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i have a weakness for what the french call all things ‘gallant’, aka erotica to us, basically all things ‘boudoir’

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but as scarlet said, ‘tomorrow is another day’ and iit’s getting late. but before signing off, as promised, have hit the RaNdOm NuMbER Generator to give away the books from the last post. and the winners are Deborah McReynolds and Catherine. 

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if you can send me your addresses the books can go out next week when i get back. but if you didn’t win that one, we do have another, brought to you by richard nahem of i prefer paris. he’s a friend of mine living in paris and has started a monthly subscription of postcards featuring his beautiful shots around the city. the first month’s set is up for today’s giveaway so if you’re interested just say the word and we’ll do another drawing tomorrow. et alors, it’s time to shut it down, good night!

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September 25, 2015. Tags: , , , , , . Antique Shopping, Chatou, Paris Flea Markets. 17 comments.

a dream came true

TPA AND OKL SHOP PARIS WITH CLAUDIA STRASSER AND SUSAN FELDMAN

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good morning mes chere amis! it’s been a long winter and hard to believe that i was able to keep a secret for 6 months, but today can finally reveal a career highlight i’ve been sitting on! i didn’t want to spoil the fun of having takin one king’s lane founder, Susan Feldman on a wild shopping spree in paris in january for her container sale that’s happening right now! it was brutal weather and we trudged through slush with wet uggs and red noses but we beat down doors and got beautiful treasures for a sale i hope you’re going to really enjoy! take a look: Susan’s Container Sale

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well, i better get back to reality. it was fun reliving our trip and i hope we can do it again soon, as it was a dream come true to be there together. as you know, i love to share my sources and passion for the markets and Susan really absorbed it. she had a vision. i hope you and i can shop together sometime too! i’ll be there in september, maybe we can plan a blogger’s meet up if you’re there? something to think about. for now it’s back to work to make it happen, more soon!

June 6, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Antique Shopping, Decorating, Design, Fleamarkets, OKL, Paris, Paris Flea Markets, Shopping. 17 comments.