flea market

NYC - Fort Greene and Flea Markets............ Cafe Smooch and the Pooch


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After a month long hiatus since returning home..... I am back. I have a little catching up to do on images from my amazing trip then I hope to look at my own beautiful world through the same eyes...stay tuned!

Paris - Le marché aux Puces de Vanves

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Another weekend in Paris and this time I am heading south to Le marché aux Puces de Vanves. Situated in the 14th arrondissement, the market runs along Avenues Marc Sangnier and Georges Lafenestre. This is the third biggest flea market in Paris, it is much quieter than the others and much, much more manageable. The market is all open-air and it feels more like an authentic flea market, with the dealers displaying their wares on trestle tables, crates or just spread on the ground. There is a fascinating array of antiques & collectables available, with smaller, more luggage friendly options than the other markets. I still think I need a shipping container though....

Paris - Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen (Flea Market) at Porte de Clignancourt - the last time, I promise!

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This time you find us leaving Marche Dauphine and yet more chairs I struggled to part with and moving down Rue des Rosiers to Rue Paul Bert. Here you will find the lovely La Petite Maison & incredible Colonial Concept which is full of fascinating pieces such as stuffed zebras and amazing african masks. This is as far as I made it and nowhere near the 6 hectares available but I will be back, with a shipping container!

Paris - Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen (Flea Market) at Porte de Clignancourt - Round Two

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Second time around and this time we are at the amazing Marche Dauphine and I am thinking I need to go into shipping in order to get everything home I want to bring with me. I don't know why I torture myself. Photographs will have to suffice. Speaking with the fascinating Isabelle Maleval of 'Presents Passes' about what to do with the lifetimes work of her late father, a wartime and post war photographer, was also a highlight, as well as her beautiful collection of course. Just to think 60 years worth of negatives, plates and prints that have never seen the light of day, I hope they are in a cool dry place.

Paris - Marché aux puces St-Ouen (Flea Market) at Porte de Clignancourt

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Don't let anyone tell you it is not worth going to Les Puces. Once you get past the multitude of street salesman to Rue des Rosiers you are safe. An amazing labyrinth of over 2500 stalls, spread over 6 hectares, unfolds in front of you.  Marché Vernaison and Marché Biron are great places to start for inspiration, if nothing else. It's fascinating to talk to the stall holders, like the lovely Mireille Marie Mercier of Art Decor Intemporel in Marche Vernaison, who are more than happy to share their knowledge and experience. I received an in-depth history of the beautiful black & white Pierre Guarriche chairs, circa 1954, that I would have been more than happy to take home.