Monday, April 25, 2011

Paris Flea Market Purchases One more post before the end of our Paris Contest!

Yes we certainly shopped in Paris! There are so many fun things to buy, you are really only constrained by your time and your budget. Everyone tends to pack and ship as we go, but here is a great sampling of just a few of the treasures that the everyone on the trip purchased...(click on the photos for a closer look)
Vintage Purses

Kitchen Wares, including vintage pepper grinder

Love this bread basket, vintage French Pharmacy bottles, Engraved French napkin rings and a custom made sweater!

The Sistas from the Cashmere Bouquet scored this beautiful and colorful cache of treasures!

Vintage and handmade Jewelry

Lace, Linens, and vintage millinery galore, including wedding gown and 1800,s veils!

French Wallpaper and Fabric Samples, Vintage French Communion Cards
Too fun! We found this fabulous set of Paris fashion photo magazine proofs. Many have the original notations from the magazine staff.


Gaga over this Joan of Arc statue!





Lots of French Decor.

Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered in our Paris Contest Giveaway. (See April 21 Post), You will have one more post to enter!
You can enter 3 ways. 1. Leave a comment on any of the posts until we get home. 2. Blog about the contest with a link (and let us know). 3. Ask your followers to tell us that you sent them! You will get one entry for each comment, each blog, and each referral! And we promise it will be worth it! You will Win a wonderful Paris prize package full of French and Paris vintage, over 30 pieces of a French ephemera, French food, French jewelry and more, worth hundreds of dollars!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday in Paris

We focus so much on the vintage shopping in Paris, that it is easy to overlook that it is one of the most beautiful and historical cities in the world! I mentioned to sweet Kim S. on the trip that I had wanted to go to the Sunday night concert at St. Chapelle Cathedral for years, and it had never worked out. It is one of my favorite churches in Paris....words can't describe how gorgeous...
That afternoon, Kim called and said she had gotten tickets to the concert (found out she had to wait in line for quite a while!) and we were going! I wanted to share this little bit of heaven in Paris..
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The arch over the violinist is covered with angels, and when you closed your eyes, it was easy to imagine you were in Heaven...When we left....already floating on clouds, we were greeted by this sight...
Truly one of the most memorable nights of my life....Thanks Kim!
Remember our Contest!  See April 21 post.

France Vintage Shopping Vanves Flea Market Day 5 in Paris

Don't forget about our Paris contest! (See our April 21 post).
Our favorite day of the year is a day at the Vanves Flea Market on the outskirts of Paris. This market literally makes your (us!) heart race and adrenaline run rampant! 
Nothing is better than buying out of the back of French Vans and cars!











Once again we see interesting, fun, and unique treasures that you Never see in the States!
We have seen Circus displays, but never like this!


Love this red velvet record player!

These poodles were 150e each! (I can't remember why they were so "precious"!)
 One of my favorite items was this amazing umbrella! The handle was made of porcelain!



We had an absolutely perfect day with fabulous weather. Our French friends were makin' deals....Life is good!
Coming Soon... What we bought!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Marche Aux Puces, Saint Ouen, Clignancourt Day 4 continued...

Our adventure at the Paris Flea Market Continues!
The Paris Flea Market. Marche Aux Puces. Saint Ouen. Clignancourt.  What do all these words have in common? Actually they all are the same thing! Marche Aux Puces , or the Paris Flea Market is one of the oldest and largest flea markets in the World!  Saint Ouen, and Clignancourt are the names of the subway stations  and areas that border the market. You just never know what you will experience... You definitely find things you never see in the states. You also tend to see trends many years before they reach the states. Colors, Textures, Really Interesting displays. Here are just a few from our day at the Puces...




 Marche Aux Puces Saint Ouen, is actually made of many, many markets, or villages each with it's own feel and type of treasures. You could never get to them all in one day, so it's good to know ahead of time which ones will fit your lifestyle. We hire a local Shopping Guide each year and BELIEVE me she is worth her weight in GOLD. She saves us hours by always knowing which market to go to for vintage purses, and which for linens and jewelry. She saves us $$s with her fabulous personality and negotiating skills!
A definite trend we saw this year was industrial mixed with old world architectural





Probably one of the oddest trends we saw was airplane industrial. Take a look at this coffee table, made from an airplane wing..
And this entire shop was made from aviation parts! Did anyone see this trend at Round Top/ Warrenton? It will be interesting to see if it makes it's way into the states...
Stay tuned for "What We Bought", and don't forget to enter our Paris Flea Market Shopping Contest! (See previous Post:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Paris Flea Market Contest Give Away!

Don't forget about our Paris Flea Market Contest Give Away!
You can enter 3 ways.
1. Leave a comment on any of the posts until we do our last Paris post when we get home.
2. Blog about the contest on your blog with a link (and let us know).
3. Ask your followers to tell us that you sent them!
You will get one entry for each comment, each blog post, and each referral! And we promise it will be worth it! You will Win a wonderful Paris prize package full of French and Paris vintage, over 30 pieces of a French ephemera, French food, French jewelry and more, worth hundreds of dollars!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Paris Flea Market Shopping Tour day 3 & 4

Yesterday we enjoyed a fabulous Paris City tour followed by dinner at the incomparable Hidden Kitchen.















But today is what it is all about , The shopping! Everyone is ready to go,,



That's back to front, Ginny, Karen, Suzie, Kim, Charlene, and Shelly. As always, we love the St. Quen Clignanacourt Flea Market for the variety of treasures...From the most beautiful



To the just for fun



To the "What are they thinking?"



How do you tell if a Red Shed Girl is in the booth?



At the end of the day we were all very tired,but very happy. Your's truly at the end of the day.



I will post many many more pictures when we get back to the civilized world, that has decent wifi!