Thursday, June 13, 2013

La Brocante

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Paris was stumbling into the brocante de printemps 2013 de la rue de Bretagne in the Marais. It happens the first weekend of June and last weekend of November each year and has over 500 sellers.  Brocantes are best described as movable flea markets while the real flea markets or puces have a set location.  The best things to look for are table linens, flatware, and decorative objects. I bought a lot of great items but regret passing up some others. There are a few sites that list the weekend brocante locations (here and here) but if anyone has a better one, please let me know. 

Happy hunting!





I bought one of chickens for my mom for 5 €.













I bought this book of fold out maps of Paris from 1889 for only 15 €.

My friend Carlos almost bought this set of glassware at the same table.


The Europeans know how to best clean and display linens.


This flush mount fixture had a tag for 80 €, the seller asked for 60 € and I paid 50  €. Glad I packed a Longchap bag in my suitcase to carry all my treasures home. 






The brocante in the Marais was lined with cafes of cute Parisian hipster boys. An added bonus!


All photos by moi taken with my iPhone 5.

9 comments:

Wayne Pate said...

Damn! I could kick myself for not going!! To be fair, it was getting late in the day anyway. Love that "Le Soleil" mirror!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Wow, I am jealous! That looked wonderful! The dilemma would have been not having room in the suitcase for the flight back!
-Trish

Karen Albert said...

Heather I spot so many great finds it would be very hard to walk away from!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

cdg75001 said...

This group has a wonderful antique show every year the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Bastille:

http://www.joel-garcia-organisation.fr/

Lots of good wine and food too while antiquing.

It is also a good time to see the Paris Photo Show at the Grand Palais:

http://www.parisphoto.com/

The flea market in the Marais is fun too. It is always the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Paris is a great escape from Thanksgiving!

Great blog!

Lori said...

That light fixture is amazing, if you ever do a lighting line it must be recreated!

parisbeekids.com said...

Brocantes are very dangerous aren't they? We have one once a month around the corner from us. It's a personal favourite!


xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

Jennifer at A Well Styled Life said...

Fabulous treasures. I love poking around them but they are dangerous for my wallet. The food was fantastic, as I recall.

MJH Design Arts said...

The starburst mirror and the maps would have come home with me.
Mary

Hallie said...

How fabulous. I keep promising myself I will go to one when I return to Paris...I love the linens, the maps, the table objects, everything! How fun. Great pics!

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