While every client at The Antiques Diva™ European Shopping Tours is special, this summer I had the opportunity to travel with an extraordinary client – my 16 year old niece, Tessa! On her first European adventure I initiated her into The Antiques Diva™ Lifestyle by taking her to my favorite French flea market in Paris – Marché aux Puces de Vanves.
One of the things I love most about my job leading travelers around the flea markets of Europe is what my clients teach me as they introduce me to their passions and collections! Each client inevitably is unique – with a different interest, different hobby and different collections they’re looking to add to while out and about, shopping in the European flea markets. My 16 year old niece was no exception! With her pink head pulsing thru the market, vendors simply adored her, pointing out perfect Parisian pink treasures for her to take home. Ever the fashion plate, she picked up this gorgeous 1960’s French silk gown (above) shortly after we arrived at the flea market for a mere 36Euro. It fit as if it were made for her and a few days later she wore it to lunch at Café Marly nearby the Louvre!
She also fell head over heels for these vintage French frames at 12 Euro and sported them around Europe for the next month!
Of course, she was crazy for this Daisy Necklace picking it up for a friend as a souvenir de Paris for 6Euro!
I’m not certain whether it was she or me who noticed the stuffed camel first – but we knew that it said exotic travel décor with a 20 E price tag!
She decided against buying this Charlie Chaplin hat for 30E but was sorely tempted by it!
In general, the French hats were of great interest and we spent a good 30 minutes digging thru this box where all the hats were marked 10E or less!
But perhaps the catch that got away was the magnifying glass paperweight. We decided against purchasing it at 45E, but in retrospect perhaps we should have! Where else could she have been framed so perfectly in Paris?
After all that hard work shopping, we were ready for a break. So we hit a local café to have a Diablo Fraise! A Diablo Fraise is a typical drink you’d order on a sunny day in Paris – it’s carbonated lemonade with strawberry syrup that just so happened to match Tessa’s perfectly pink hair!
When the waiter noticed this, he decided that Tessa would make an ideal art installation on the Parisian streets! And he artfully arranged colored straws in her hair!
Tell me – where else but Paris would a waiter make you into street art?
From time to time I’ve had clients on Diva Tours tell me that their teenage sons and daughters wouldn’t be interested in antique shopping, preferring instead to antique/vintage shop solo. But I have to tell you, my 16 year old niece loved the Paris Flea Market! Tessa found nearly ever souvenir she purchased in Paris at the Porte de Vanves Flea Market – so for your next trip abroad, forget the typical souvenir t-shirts when shopping for a teenager in Paris, consider instead vintage fashion and fun French antique accessories!
The Antiques Diva™
(seen right with The Little Diva – Tessa at the top of the Tour Eiffel)
Located in the 14eme arrondisment at the avenue Marc Sangnier and avenue Georges Lafenestre, “The Other Paris Flea Market” is located near the Porte de Vanves metro stop. The market is open year round e
very Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 1pm – though experience tells me vendors aren’t really ready for customers until 9am, so take advantage of a “late start” and sleep an extra hour before shopping the fleas!
Bonne Shopping, Diva Style!
Take, for example, the collection Canadian Decorator Lynda Felton has in her home.
If you’re in Holland Thursday September 23 to Sunday, September 26, 2010 you won’t want to miss the return of the Oude Kunst-en-Antiekbeurs in the Prinsenhof Museum in Delft. While this museum is best known as being the site of the infamous assignation of William the Silent, I simply can’t keep quiet about the upcoming fair.
Approximately 35 Dutch antique dealers are coming together in a fair the coordinator says is “designed for the traditional collector and art lover who likes to be seduced by the atmosphere of old Delft and the Prinsenhof Museum”.
Make sure to visit two of my favorite vendors at the fair – S. van Leeuwen Antiquairs
with his sensational collection of Dutch furniture and porcelain and Rocks and Clocks by D.E. Aardewerk. And tell them The Antiques Diva™ sent you!
While you’re at the fair, why don’t you plan to make a day of it! Take a Cultural Day in Delft – with the admission ticket for Oude Kunst en Antiekbeurs, you not only will be able to shop your heart out but you can wander the stairway where William the Silent said his final words, sticking your fingers in the bullet holes near the foot of the staircase where he fell. You can also visit the Museum of Meerten Lambert with their extensive tile collection, Delftware, Chinese and Japanese porcelain and paintings.
Dear Diva Readers,
Living life in a foreign language can turn the most articulate in their native tongue into bumbling idiots abroad. In this podcast, originally written as an article for Bonjour Paris, I explore a host of humiliations as I confess why I will likely never be fluent in any foreign language.
To Read the Article, visit the Bonjour Paris website!
Until next time,
The Antiques Diva™
Dear Diva Readers,
Each month I write a column for Bonjour Paris Newsletter titled “Ask The Antiques Diva™”. In this month’s column a Parisian party planner takes time off from the hectic world of weddings to plan her own vacation in the Paris of the East. I dish out advice, giving her best bets for buying antiques in Budapest. From the Ecseri Flea Market to Falk Miksa utca, I explain why I think Budapest is called the Paris of the East!
Read the Article about Flea Marketing in the Paris of the East!
Until next time, Happy Reading!
The Antiques Diva™
As the summer travel season takes off, many of you are taking to the friendly skies and more than one reader has emailed me with the joyful news of their Delta discoveries! The Antiques Diva™ Tours is in Delta Airline’s June SKY magazine article titled Paris: 1 City 5 Ways. As Saxon Henry writes in her Delta article, “There’s more than one way to discover a destination!”
Delta Airlines Sky magazine divides the city of light into several plans of attack – whether you’re a Bibliophile, a History Buff, Musically Minded, a Hopeless Romantic or simply a Sensualist, this article gives hints & tips on where to stay, what to do and where to dine! At the top of the article under Parisian plans for the History Buff you’ll find “Spend a Morning with The Antiques Diva™” right below a mention about the George V hotel and above shopping tips from Didier Ludot at the Jardin du Palais Royal!
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In my “Ask The Antiques Diva™” column from this month’s Bonjour Paris Newsletter, a reader writes in to ask about “Antiquing in Provence”. I discuss my favorite flea markets in Provence and recommend an essential book for travelers in France. Plus, I share tips on why you should and why you should not shop in l’Isle sur la Sorgue!
Until Next Time,
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Angelica Arbulu Photography
“If France is the sun, then antique shoppers are the world and our buying patterns revolve around French finery as if one of the Louis cast a spell to magnetically pull all generations towards the treasures of La République! But have you ever wondered how to tell Louis XIV from Louis XVI and why Louis XV is perhaps the most reproduced style in the world? In spite of the fact that these three kings were the ruin of the French monarchy, Louis-cubed did something right. Their pursuit of gracious living and 150-year-long contribution to the arts is the greatest influence ever made on the world of design….”
Read the rest of this article at Bonjour Paris Newsletter – The Definitive Guide to Paris!
Until Next Time,
The Antiques Diva™
Just last week, Creative Consultant Jo Parfitt mentioned me in her Newsletter – The Inspirer – where she writes about making your “writing dreams come true”. In an article titled “Rocky Roads and How to Avoid Them”, Jo shares how following your intuition will lead to achieving your goals.
Jo Parfitt and her team of Book Cooks help new and established writers make their writing dreams come true. Their services begin with home study programs and/or live workshops and move on to editing, proof reading, mentoring, design and publishing. If you want to create a compelling blog or newsletter, write a better diary, turn your memories into a memoir, or write a book, see it published and for sale worldwide, with Jo right by your side you can make it happen. With 26 books beneath her belt, hundreds of articles, many hundreds of inspired students and tens of published authors to her credit, Jo’s talent for seeing the big picture and inspiring and empowering all those who meet her means that she can help you, too, make your writing dreams come true.
Special Thank You to Jo for mentioning The Antiques Diva™ in The March Inspirer!
Are you interested in writing your memoir? Watch this video clip of one of Jo’s workshops!
The Antiques Diva™ is going Double-Diva on you… not only will you find me writing here on The Antiques Diva™ blog as normal, but twice a month you can also read my column as the In-House Antiques Expert in the Bonjour Paris newsletter – the definitive guide to Paris! I’ll be writing about everything from my favorite flea market towns in France to giving tips on how to bargain in France, what to buy and where and when to buy it.
To find out where the best brocantes are in Paris this March, April, and May see the Spring Parisian Flea Market Calendar in the Bonjour Paris newsletter!
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