Of course the famous Paris flea market, Les Puces, was high on my list of must dos in the City of Light but as it happens this week most of those dealers are camped out in the Bastille along the Canal Saint Martin. Hundreds of dealers spread out in a make-shift covered shelter and then in outdoor stalls for what my feet would attest to be miles and miles.
From ultra high-end furnishings and art to much more modest mid-century pieces, there was quite literally something for everyone and for just about every budget. This being Paris, there was no shortage of art deco . . .
. . . and lots and lots of Louis, naturally . . .
. . . and plenty of wickedly good lighting.
Being away from home I don’t have access to all my usual digital tools or I would have grouped some of these photos together to give you a better taste, but trust me when I say, I was in heaven.
There was one item in particular I had to wrestle out of my mind, a beautiful 1960s bookcase/shelf, below, in chromed steel, wood and leather that knocked my socks off. Priced at 500€ it was affordable, at least for the quality, but then I had to confront the reality of shipping costs and hassle, and honestly, I just wasn’t up to it.
And so my would-be media stand stayed on the canal where I found it, the one that got away.
I’ve since had another brilliant day here in Paris, swooning around the Musée d’Orsay, ooohing and awing at some of the finest impressionist paintings and art nouveau furnishings ever created. But I’d still trade it all for another afternoon among the stalls where I feel so at home no matter what country I’m in and no matter what language I’m mangling in search of a bargain. My day at Salon Antiquités Brocante was my kind of day.