1st RunnerUp: My 1st Time at the Paris Flea Market

1st RunnerUp: My 1st Time at the Paris Flea Market

1st RunnerUp: My 1st Time at the Paris Flea Market; Toma Clark Haines with DesignHER author Julianne TaylorIn September, The Antiques Diva & Co held our very first giveaway, Tell Me About Your First Time at The Paris Flea Market. One of our 3 runner-ups was Suzette Bannister, who won a copy of DesignHER by Julianne Taylor.

Meet Suzette, 1st RunnerUp: My 1st Time at the Paris Flea Market and her story of her first time at les Puces:

Mais oui! My first time was in September 2011, on a trip to Paris with my daughter. My goal was to explore and see EVERYTHING! I have to admit it was a little overwhelming, and also hard because I knew I couldn’t ship home the large items I wanted so much. I came home with a small plaster bust of the Venus de Milo and some brass hardware that I now use as art in my home. A French enamel plaque I found digging in a dirty box of “found objects” that now hangs above my back door — “Essuyez vos Pieds SVP.” Small treasures that remind me of that day each time I see them. We had a fabulous lunch while there, I don’t remember the name of it but it was like being in a movie, listening to the conversation en francais all around us accompanied by the gestures, of course. I can’t wait to go back! Hopefully with you!

Even Suzette’s name is French! I loved her #TellMeAboutYourFirstTime at the Paris Flea Market story… it IS like being in a French movie! On my travels I too have carried home small treasures that remind me of my experiences, I love Suzette’s found art brassware! Thank you, Suzette, for sharing your story!

Congratulations to our winning entries! And thank you so much to everyone who entered our giveaway!


Toma Clark Haines – The Antiques Diva 

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.