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The Paris Flea Market – Paul Bert Serpette – Names The Antiques Diva© & Co Exclusive Market Guide

Marché Paul Bert Serpette at the Paris Flea Market – celebrating its 70th anniversary this year – names American-owned company The Antiques Diva© & Co– Europe’s largest antiques touring company – as their Exclusive Flea Market Tour Guides as part of their rejuvenation project at the “puce.”

oma Clark Haines tours Paul Bert Serpette with Rocky LaFleur, Chuck Chewing and Elizabeth Ralls

Toma Clark Haines tours Paul Bert Serpette with Rocky LaFleur, Chuck Chewing and Elizabeth Ralls.

“I am thrilled to congratulate Paul Bert Serpette on 70 years as an innovator in the international antiques market. It’s a dream come true and honor for my company to be named the exclusive and only tour guide of the Paris Flea Market Paul Bert Serpette” says American expat Toma Clark Haines, CEO and founder of The Antiques Diva & Co. “For years buyers seeking to source antiques abroad at the Paris Flea Market or in anyone of one of our 8 tour countries found buying abroad on their own unattainable. They didn’t know where to go, how to negotiate, or how to get their purchases home.  I’ve built a company to help people source antiques abroad doing everything from custom planning antique buying tours to translating, negotiating and even shipping purchases home sweet home across the pond! Perhaps our most popular antique buying tour is our Paris Flea Market tour and the jewel in the crown of the puce is Marché Paul Bert Serpette.”

Marché Paul Bert Serpette is the flagship entity of the Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen. Globally renowned, the Paris Flea Market is the single largest antiques market in the world attracting nearly 5,000 visitors every weekend. The Marché has become a destination for collectors and dealers from around the world, including celebrity collectors, for its vast array of furniture, silver, design, vintage clothing and antiquity from every era. Traffic at the famous Marché aux Puces has increased in part through use of antiques buying guides such as The Antiques Diva© & Co. Toma Clark Haines has been shopping the Paris Flea Market for over twenty years and has watched the Marché evolve from when she first visited the market until today when The Antiques Diva & Co has become the largest antiques touring company in Europe working with a team of 21 locally based antiques buying tour guides.

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“We could not be more delighted and enthused by the work of The Antiques Diva© & Co which brings an influential international clientele to the market. Their passion and energy each time they visit us at Marché Paul Bert Serpette invigorates buyers as well as our vendors,” says Marion DuFranc, the Market Director. “It’s all about relationships. It’s a symbiotic dance – The Antiques Diva & Co gives our clients insider access and we supply clients with quality unparalleled inventory.”

“The Marché’s climate has changed significantly since I began shopping the market nearly 20 years ago.” says Clark Haines. “The increasing trend of mixing modern with antiques as well as eclecticism in décor means that today there is not only a greater variety of objects to sift through, but a greater enthusiasm among a new generation of collectors, dealers, designers and everyday tourists alike. The market encompasses an area of over 7 square miles – navigating the puce can be an overwhelming experience. At The Antiques Diva© & Co our team of local flea market guides know the market like the back of their hand. Our job is to help clients find the exact area of the market that has what they are looking for – maximizing their time, translating, negotiating and liaising with an international shipper to simplify the process of buying abroad. We save our clients time and money by custom planning their visit to the Paris Flea Market, and helping negotiate their purchases.”

Marché Paul Bert Serpette changed hands in 2014 when the Duke of Westminster sold the recently renovated market to Jean-Cyrille Boutmy, CEO and founder of Studyrama. Since Boutmy’s takeover, the Marché has modernized and rebranded with added services and accessibility, as well as enhanced marketing and communication initiatives. The educational component has also been a focus, drawing younger collectors to St-Ouen.

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Clark Haines jokes, “We are in essence ‘Antique Matchmakers’ – bring together the love of antiques and commerce.” Marion DuFranc concludes, “With a long history of attracting collectors to this chaotic jungle in the north of Paris, the Marché Paul Bert Serpette is excited to have Haines on board. Our successful growth is contingent on having experts like The Antiques Diva in our midst as our exclusive guide. We’re excited for this relationship and our future together, particularly this year as we celebrate the 70th year of the market!”

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Toma Clark Haines is The Antiques Diva® – Chief Executive Diva of The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe’s Largest Antiques Touring Company.  When this tastemaker is not on a buying tour, Toma is also a freelance travel and design writer, an international public speaker, an interior decorator and social media guru.  She is a champagne connoisseur, a vintage Chanel addict and her hobbies include driving fast cars and gourmet cooking.  Traveling extensively for work, she divides her time between her home in Berlin, Germany and traveling in each of her company’s tour countries. Follow her antiquing abroad travels on Facebook at The Antiques Diva® & Co or on Twitter @TheAntiquesDiva. Her blog The Antiques Diva was recently voted Top 100 Interior Design blogs by Modenus. 

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the Exclusive Guide at Paris Flea Market Paul Bert Serpette

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Dear Diva Readers,

 

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In Friday’s blog I invited you to join me in Paris at our annual Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fete Sunday January 24, 2016 co-hosted with (and at) Paul Bert Serpette.

Today I wanted to explore Paul Bert Serpette and tell you why they are our favorite section of the Paris Flea Market!

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First all of you – did you know that Paris Flea Market isn’t just one flea market but rather a series of 15 markets spanning more than 7 miles of antique-filled alleyways?  It’s massive and clients can definitely feel confused and intimidated when trying to navigate the market on their own without the aid of an Antiques Diva Tour Guide, asking themselves “Where do we go? How do we find what we’re looking for?!” We know the market like the back of our hand – those little alleyways, those hidden restaurants you’d never actually find off the main road, the vendors whose inventory is half the price of the others…  Plus the vendors know us, which helps when getting the best prices on your purchases because when we walk in the stall with a client the vendor knows our client means business.  Our job is to take you by the hand and show you an insider’s guide to Paris. So often we receive emails from soon-to-be clients, saying “I went to the Paris Flea Market but when I arrived the Clignancourt Metro I got lost – and the neighborhood was actually sketchy and I never found the flea market! I only found a scary market selling t-shirt, and stolen watches, and suitcases… HELP! I want to see the Paris Flea Market of my dreams!!!”

That’s where Paul Bert Serpette comes in – It’s the Paris Flea Market of your dreams!

When you arrive the Paris Flea Market – the main artery of the market is the Rue de Rosiers  – as you walk up this main road you will pass a variety of markets – and while we love all the markets, our favorite finds are near the end of the market on your left.  That market is Paul Bert Serpette.

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Do you remember the theme song to the TV show Cheers “You want to go where people know,  people are all the same.  You want to go where everybody knows your name.”  For me – that “Cheers” place is Paul Bert Serpette – the friendliest section of the flea market, where all the inventory looks as if it should go onto a magazine cover and where you find the best inventory at the best flea market in the world.

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Paul Bert Serpette is truly the flagship of the Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen – and it’s actually the world’s largest antique market – it’s positively chocked full of the most beautiful pieces of furniture, jewelery, design and vintage clothing from Antiquity to the 1990’s!

Competition is fierce when hunting for antiques – Paul Bert Serpette welcomes 5,000 visitors per weekend, drawing passionate collectors and connoisseurs from around the world.  Walking through the market you’ll hear snippets of conversations in every language imaginable… but did you know that this market is as popular with the locals as it is tourists and travelers?  This is where Parisians go to shop on sunny Sunday afternoons!!!

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Because of our close relationships with vendors, we are honored at The Antiques Diva & Co that we have been appointed as the ONLY APPROVED Antiques Tour Guide of Paul Bert Serpette.

We encourage you to stay up to date on news at Paul Bert Serpette by subscribing to their newsletter.

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More than that – take some time to poke around their website – did you know you can source antiques at Paul Bert Serpette online??   And if you’re looking for something specific their new website even has a feature that allows you to set an alert, telling them what you’re looking for – and when a vendor at the market gets the item you’re looking for it emails you to notify you of the antique’s availability?!  Now that is what I call service!!!!

We are delighted to be co-hosting our Annual Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Party with the team from Paul Bert Serpette!!!

For more information on shopping for antiques in Paris email info@antiquesdiva.com.

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

You Are Invited To A Party At The Paris Flea Market

Dear Diva Readers,

It’s time for all design lovers to flock to Paris! Maison & Objet will soon be on and Paris will be buzzing with chic designers and style setters from all over the globe. Of course I’ll be there too and I’m hosting a fabulous party at the Paris Flea Market Paul Bert Serpette and I’d love to invite you as my guest!!

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You Are Cordially Invited To the 3rd Annual The Antiques Diva & Co Paris Flea Market Champagne Brunch, co-hosted in association with Paul Bert Serpette upstairs at Philippe Starck’s Ma Cocotte at the Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen! It’s on Sunday, January 24 2016 from 11am – 3pm 2016.

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RSVP’S REQUIRED: ParisChampagneBreakfast@gmail.com

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Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, Rocky LaFleur of Kneedler Fauchere, Elizabeth Ralls, Editor and Chief of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Chuck Chewning, Director of Interior Design at RUBELLI.Along with special guest Elizabeth Ralls of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, and Andrew Joseph PR we’ll drink champagne for breakfast and snack on croissants and more while rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of interior design in an event The Editor at Large has called in years past one of the highlights during the Paris’ Design Week/ Maison & Objet/ Deco Off!

There will also be a panel discussing “How French Culture, Art and Design has Influenced the Americas,” with this year’s design panel including myself, Rocky LaFleur of Kneedler Fauchere, Elizabeth Ralls, Editor and Chief of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Chuck Chewning, Director of Interior Design at RUBELLI.

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We hope to have you join our party at the Paris Flea Market with fellow designers and influencers for a morning of networking, fun and fueling up at the restaurant Ma Cocotte at Paul Bert Serpette.

Now – you’ve heard me say Paul Bert Serpette a few times – perhaps you’re wondering what this is? The Paris Flea Market is divided into specific sections – and at The Antiques Diva & Co, our favorite section of the market is Paul Bert Serpette!  Stay tuned later this weekend for a few of our reasons why we love Paul Bert Serpette!

Where: Paul Bert Serpette, Ma Cocotte Restaurant, 106 Rue Des Rossiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, Paris

When: Sunday, January 24, 11am-3pm

See you in Paris!

The Antiques Diva®

Les Puces en Lumier

Dear Diva Readers,

One of our most popular tours is Les Puces, the Paris Flea Market. And why wouldn’t it be? The magic of Paris combined with antiques of every style, mouth-watering food and an energy that you can only find in this city make for an unforgettable experience. However, this month it’s about to become even more magical. Friday, September 18 from 7:00 PM to midnight, Paul Bert Serpette—our favorite market at Les Puces— will be illuminated with thousands of lights for Les Puces en Lumiere. Imagine shopping for antiques and enjoying a fabulous party under the moonlight! Sign me up!

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On this enchanting evening, the many vendors of Paul Bert Serpette will transform the market into a scene straight out of the cinema, using thousands of tiny lights to create a surreal atmosphere. As the sun goes down, shoppers will be able to browse through stand after stand, filled with the world’s finest and most unique antiques. And this party will be in true French fashion, with live music and several vendors offering nibbles and libations. Imagine sipping champagne and enjoying delectable pâté while discussing an 18th century painting with fellow antique enthusiasts—all under the moonlight!

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If this sounds like your ideal evening in Paris, be sure to register here as this festive evening is by invitation only. The rest of the weekend will have plenty of events at Les Puces as well. On Saturday and Sunday, the general public will be able to shop the markets and enjoy this exciting time of year in Paris.

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As always, if you’re interested in taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour, email us for more information at info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to custom plan a private tour for you!

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Au revoir,

The Antiques Diva®   

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