My Top 3 Fav Brocantes in Paris!

Dear Diva Readers,

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Top 3 Paris Brocantes:
1) Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambon (next dates 23 Sep-2 Oct 2011)

2) Antiquities Brocante at Place de Bastille (THIS WEEK May 19-29, 2011 and Nov 4-13, 2011)

3) Antiquities Brocante at St Sulpice (Next Month: June 8-19, 2011)

That’s right – one of my all time favorite markets is on RIGHT NOW in PARIS – The Antiquities Brocante at Place de Bastille is THIS WEEK May 19-29, 2011! If you’re in the city of light, you’d best get shopping!!!  To find out all the diva details read my column “tory/ask-antiques-diva-salon-des-antiquities-de-bastill/” target=”_blank”>Ask The Antiques Diva” in the Bonjour Paris newsletter to find out what sorts of treasures you’ll find at the 480+ vendors selling at this fair!

And should you miss this event, have no fear! Mark your calendar for the fall when the fair is back again this Nov 4-13, 2011! 

And speaking of marking your calendar, next month on one of the chicest squares in town – the Place St Sulpice (of Da Vinci Code fame) –  there will be a smaller but oh-so-lovely flea market fair with about 110 vendors selling perfect pieces from Paris from June 8-19th.  An antique dealer friend (who shall remain nameless lest I give all his secrets away) swears by this fair as his source for the best items in his store – plus, he claims that he’s rubbed shoulders on more than one occasion with the squares most famous resident, Madame Catherine Deneuve, whose penthouse apartment overlooks the fair!

Now readers, I have one question for you – Do you have any favorite Brocantes in Paris?? If so, share the details!!!

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

Diva-scovery: Bliss Farm Antiques

A Letter from an Antiques Diva Reader:
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Dear Antiques Diva,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You had given me advice and-much welcomed-encouragement for my trip to shop the flea markets of Paris. I thank you so much for your tips! The trip was wonderful! I went to the Place de la Bastille antiques show and to the Porte de Vanves flea market among other markets.

The Paris flea market I found most disappointing (I had read about it in a book – it wasn’t on your advice list) was Montreuil… Beggars lined the streets getting to the market (it was a very sad sight) and most of the market was new, junky stuff. Icky! To top it off, it’s a long metro ride. I think I spent more money giving handouts to the poor than at that particular market!

The Brocante at the Place de la Bastille was expensive, but what a site to behold! Gorgeous! I got great decorating ideas for my shop and a few trinkets. My fav Paris flea market was the Porte de Vanves where I got many good deals and the atmosphere was grand!

Thanks again for the information and encouragement, it was truly appreciated.

Jackie Lantry
Bliss Farm Antiques

PS. I’m happy to say I felt right at home in Paris! I was nervous before going that as a sensibly dressed American I wouldn’t fit it and that everyone would be wearing black!


Dear Jackie,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>What an absolute delight to receive feedback on your Paris antiques shopping trip! It sounds like you had a ball and it was so wonderful to tour the Paris flea markets thru your eyes! I agree with you regarding both Montreuil and Porte de Vanves. Indeed, Bastille can be expensive, but isn’t it oh-so swoon worthy! In addition to your great feedback on the markets, I was delighted to see pictures of your shop in Rehoboth, Massachusetts – it looks like you scored some delicious inventory for your clients!

Today on my blog I’d like to feature YOU – Jackie Lantry of Bliss Farm Antiques – as The Diva of The Day!!!

Sincerely Yours,

The Antiques Diva™

(this crown seen right is just for you!)

Diva-scovery: Bliss Farm Antiques:

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to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 280px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />While her shop also sells online at Etsy, if you visit the shop – it’s a sight to behold – you can walk a labyrinth built with “found” materials or sit in the garden and listen to the birds.

417 Tremont Street
Rehoboth, Massachusetts – USA

HOURS Thursday–Sunday open from 10am–6pm (and by appointment)

Make sure to visit The Bliss Farm Antiques Blog!

2010 Bliss Farm Antiques Show Schedule:

MARCH 2010
3/27/10 and 3/28/10 from 10am-4pm

MAY 2010
5/12/10 THRU 5/15/10/

JULY 2010
7/14/10 THRU 7/18/10

9/8/10 THRU 9/12/10

Fri-Sun, 12/3rd, 4th & 5th. Stop by for yummy treats, special sales, and a big GIVEAWAY. Register to win a custom wreath (value $75) or a surprise gift! 10AM-5PM

Upcoming Paris Brocantes!

Dear Paris-Based Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>This Weekend – Oct 17 & 18 – get out of the city! Leave Paris behind and head to Senlis and visit this small town’s “Salon des Antiquaires” near Paris at the Abbaye Royale de Chaalis –Fee of 3 Euro includes entrance to the brocante & abbey!

to 10px; WIDTH: 278px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Another out-of-town event nearby Paris that might be interesting to art lovers is being held this weekend on the grounds of the infamous Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons en l’île de Chatou – The Grand Marche d’Art Contemporain Oct 15-18, 2009

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 190px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />If staying in the city is more your style, visit Brocante de la place Maubert – Sunday, Nov 1.

to 10px; WIDTH: 282px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />And last but certainly not least, visit the Antiquites Brocante at the Place de la Bastille Nov 5 – 15, 2009! There’s still time to book a to-join-two-special-antiques.html” target=”_blank”>last minute Antiques Diva Tour! I think blogger Tara Bradford of Paris Parfait has the best pics of this sensational flea market! Check them out!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 252px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />While we at Diva Tours like to keep you informed on what’s on in Paris, we also like to educate you so you can find the flea markets of Paris (and all of France for that matter) on your own. Whatever dates you’re in Paris, you can always look up to see what flea markets and antique fairs are being held in the city of light by visiting the Brocabrac website. For Paris events click region 75 and learn what the fleas have in store for you!

Happy Shopping,

The Antiques Diva™

Fall France Brocante and Art Market Calendar Update

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Joel Garcia, Paris’ pre-eminent organizer of brocantes, art salons and antique fairs just released their upcoming “CALENDRIER DES MANIFESTATIONS A VENIR”. Add these dates to your agenda!

ANTIQUITES BROCANTE / VIEUX PAPIERS – Antique Markets and Flea Markets/ Old Paper Markets

23 Octobre – 1er Novembre : Salon du Livre et Papiers anciens – Paris – Espace Champerret / 23 October – 1st November: Old Books and Papers Salon

5 – 15 Novembre : Salon d’Antiquités Brocante – Paris – Place de la Bastille / 5-15 November: Antiques and Bric-a-Brac Market – Paris – Place de la Bastille. Read more about a special Antiques Diva Tour of the to-join-two-special-antiques.html” target=”_blank”>Place de Bastille Brocante.

GRANDS MARCHES D’ART CONTEMPORAIN / Large Contemporary Art Markets

3 – 6 Septembre : GMAC – Valbonne – Le Pré des Arts / 3-6 September: Valbonne (Alpes-Maritimes region) Art Fair

15 – 18 Octobre : GMAC – Chatou – Ile des Impressionnistes / 15-18 October Chatou (Paris suburb) Ile des Impressionnistes

27 Octobre – 1er Novembre : GMAC – Paris – Place de la Bastille / 27 October- 1 November Paris Place de la Bastille

Find more information on the Joel Garcia website!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

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Paris Brocantes and Flea Markets Spring/Summer 2008 Calendar

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11-20 April – Antiquites & Art Actuel — Parc Monceau
Boulevard de Courcelles, Paris 8th
Metro – Monceau
11am – 8pm

1 May – Brocante Exceptionnelle
Marche au Puces de la Porte de Montreuil, Paris 20th
Metro – Porte de Montreuil

8 – 9 May – Brocantes Spam
Blvd Edgar Quinet, Paris 14th
Metro – Edgar Quinet

10-11 May – Brocantes Spam
Ave de la Republique, Paris 11th
Metro: Parmentier

8 – 18 May — Bastille, Antiquites Brocante
Place de la Bastille, Paris 11th
11am – 7pm, 350 Vendors

30 May – 8 June — Antiquites & Art Actuel Ecole Militaire
Ace. Duquesne et Lowendal, Paris 7th
Metro – Ecole Miliaire
11am – 7pm

30 May – June 1 18th Puce du Design et De La Mode des Annees 1950’s – 1980’s
Quai de la Loire et Promendade Jean Vigo, Paris 19th
10 – 7pm, 70 vendors
(Fair also held in Oct – dates not yet available )

Month of June – 31st Foire Saint Germain
Place St Sulpice, Paris 6th
11am – 8pm, 100 vendors