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Exploring the Marché aux Puces

Have you ever imagined yourself wandering through the lengendary markets of the Marche Aux Puces de Saint Ouen, visiting sites made famous in countless movies and other media - and in PARIS???  Like so much of the City of Light, it's a pinch-me-I'm-dreaming kind of place but also a spectacular shopping experience - full of objects with provenance for real homes and businesses.  Join me on a virtual tour.....

A delightful showroom in Marché Vernaison

A delightful showroom in Marché Vernaison

We have a saying in our family, "It's good to be a regular!"  And of course I would add, "...in Paris!!!"  After a wonderful trip to Italy and France in 2014 to celebrate my 60th birthday, we returned to France last month and spent one blissful, languorous week in the sun at Hotel Le Hameau in St Paul de Vence and 3 active (!) weeks in Paris, in accomodations through Guest Apartment Services.    We traveled to Paris (and France, generally) to assess trends at Maison et Objet (see my post on that here), shop at the Marché aux Puces and also the Village St Paul in the Marais, and - certainly not least - celebrate our 30th Anniversary....! 

Ile St Louis is a perfect location - halfway between St Germain and le Marais

Ile St Louis is a perfect location - halfway between St Germain and le Marais

This year, we rented an apartment on l'ile St Louis and were found regularly at the cafe St Regis, on the northern tip (northwestern?) of the island.  It's a grand place to while away the time watching people from all over the world discover Paris for the first time and try to pick out the locals, while sipping an extremely pale rosé or a chilled Chablis.  The food there is very good, too....

We were regulars at the  Cafe St Regis  on Ile St Louis

We were regulars at the Cafe St Regis on Ile St Louis

Just a few step from  Cafe St Regis  is a pedestrian-only bridge accross the Seine leading to Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame.  There are always musicians of one genre or another performing.   Ahhhhh......

Just a few step from Cafe St Regis is a pedestrian-only bridge accross the Seine leading to Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame.  There are always musicians of one genre or another performing.   Ahhhhh......

OK, on to the Flea Market.....

Having shopped at the Marché aux Puces last year, and now again this year, I guess we're almost regulars! There is really so much to see - it's over 20 acres of dealers' showrooms/stalls so it entails a huge amount of walking, though, being Paris, there are plenty of places to take a break for a meal and wine.  But be sure to wear comfortable shoes anyway!

Here are some of my favorite images from our day this year:

Bachelier Antiquités   never disappoints

Bachelier Antiquités  never disappoints

Fun industrial chic 

Fun industrial chic 

LOVE the juxtaposition of the retro motorbike and amethyst, amber and jade green glass bottles

LOVE the juxtaposition of the retro motorbike and amethyst, amber and jade green glass bottles

I think I've found something interesting...

I think I've found something interesting...

The coolest vintage clothing and jewelry

The coolest vintage clothing and jewelry

Guess who loved this dealer's place?  I love the little Paris photo prop behind....

Guess who loved this dealer's place?  I love the little Paris photo prop behind....

Those seltzer bottles!

Those seltzer bottles!

....and these chairs

....and these chairs

Sort of what you'd expect in the way of French furniture, though the white is unusual.  (Does that wrinkled rug bother anyone else??) 

Sort of what you'd expect in the way of French furniture, though the white is unusual.  (Does that wrinkled rug bother anyone else??) 

Looks like a little village but is just one of the Marchés

Looks like a little village but is just one of the Marchés

A private restroom for vendors.....don't tell

A private restroom for vendors.....don't tell

Francois Bachelier et moi

Francois Bachelier et moi

While in Bachelier Antiquités, I found these wine box remnants and was given a super price, I guess because I bought so much there last year - or maybe it's because Bob made friends with Maman Bachelier....  Anyway, yes, it's good to be a regular!

Posted on October 15, 2015 and filed under Paris, Marche aux Puces st Ouen.

A day at the Paris Flea Market, Marche aux Puces....

It was a glorious September Saturday, perfect for seeking out "haute brocante" at the Paris Flea Market and discovering sublime inspiration.  Our guide, Danielle, from The Antiques Diva (what a great find!) picked us up at our apartment in the 4th Arrondissment.......

Danielle from Antiques Diva

......and whisked us to the adventure that awaited at the "M.A.P.", the Marche aux Puces at Saint Ouen, the largest antiques market in the world and the 4th tourist attraction in France.  

A map of the Paris Flea Market - the Marche aux Puces Saint Ouen

A map of the Paris Flea Market - the Marche aux Puces Saint Ouen

Covering a little over 17 acres, it's filled with upscale antiques, furniture & lighting, fantastic items for the kitchen - and even taxidermy.  

Our new mascot!

Our new mascot!

 I was focused on finding on what I call "Franco/Italian" items.....

Italian

Italian

Italian

Italian

.....and mirrors....

Louis Phillippe mirrors

Louis Phillippe mirrors

Louis Phillipe mirrors

Louis Phillipe mirrors

... as well as Copper!!  (As always!)  

Basking in the atmosphere of les Puces, I was just moseying along when I wandered into one of the coolest places I've ever been - ever - Bachelier Antiquites.  Oh, what a place!  They specialize in "Antiquites de la cuisine et du vin" (Kitchen and wine antiques) and their very photogenic storefront has been featured in many films and commercials.  It was heaven for me!

3rd generation running Bachelier Antiquities in the Paul Bert Serpette market 

3rd generation running Bachelier Antiquities in the Paul Bert Serpette market 

Bachelier Antiquites

Bachelier Antiquites

As enthralled as I was surrounded by all of the "cuisinier" accesories, my husband was having fun, too. I found him deep in conversation, chatting (even though he hardly speaks any French!) with the matriarch of the family, Francoise-Anne Bachelier.  She then autographed a copy of her cookbook, Toques de terrines, and gave it to me!  Très sympathique!

                                                                             Bob with Francoise-Anne Bachelier

                                                                             Bob with Francoise-Anne Bachelier

Lunch was delicious - no surprize - at an outdoor cafe (this is still Paris, after all)  in the Paul Bert Serpette market where the people watching, and eavesdropping, was almost as entertaining as the shopping.  

Have a little taxidermy?

Have a little taxidermy?


It was such a fun day - I can't wait to return!  Who wants to join me?



Posted on October 31, 2014 and filed under Marche aux Puces st Ouen.