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Ten Tips for Shopping The Paris Flea Market

As the exclusive antiques tour guide company for the Paris Flea Market Marché Paul Bert Serpette, I want to share a few of my shopping tips if you’re planning an antique buying trip in France! Armed with these tips, shopping the Paris Flea Market will be a breeze!

My Top 10 Tips for Shopping The Paris Flea Market

1. While I swoon for stilettos… the Paris Flea Market is not the place to wear them.
Bring comfortable shoes! A loafer or ballet flat or even a cute sandal with cork soles works… key thing is be prepared to walk a lot! With mile upon mile of French antique stands, it’s important to wear comfortable shoes!

2. Bring cash!
While some vendors accept credit cards, the old adage is still true, “Cash is king!” Having cash on hand also helps when bargaining or asking for a discount. Also remember that you can also have your shipper pay for your purchases on your behalf, doing a bank transfer to the shipper for the cost of your goods.

Toma Clark Haines Top 10 Tips for Shopping The Paris Flea Market

3. Hire an Antiques Tour Guide!
While the market is open to everyone, an Antiques Diva Tour Guide unlocks the experience, introducing you to the best dealers, those secret sources and areas of the market you simply would never find on your own. Your Guide can also confirm provenance and a fair price. Another important thing your Guide does is gets you to the perfect place for lunch! At The Antiques Diva & Co, our guides all speak French, live locally, and are familiar faces while shopping The Paris Flea Market which means that many dealers know them and understand that when an Antiques Diva Guide brings a client, they mean business. This also works in favor for our clients since it means we have large buying power. We’re not just coming in with your purchase… but the collective purchases of all our clients! Simply put with higher buying power we get better prices than you could ever get on your own.

4. Know about international art and antiques shipping!
Whether you choose to use our in-house shipping division or go with one of our favorite shipping partners such as Edet, not knowing how to get it home is never an excuse to miss out on a purchase! Depending on the size of your purchase, you may even be able to send items through La Poste— the French postal system – our guides can assist you with this.

10 Tips forShopping The Paris Flea Market

5. If you’re buying smalls, consider bringing an empty carry-on
with you so you can fill it with purchases that you can take home with you on the plane!

6. Be open!
You may have a shopping list with you—and that’s great—but be open to everything The Paris Flea Market has to offer. You may end up finding that one thing you didn’t know you needed!

7. When shopping The Paris Flea Market don’t just think of yourself!
It’s the perfect place to find truly one of a kind souvenirs in Paris for friends and family. Who needs a t-shirt when they could have a vintage necklace or a perfect hotel silver teapot from Paris?

8. Talk to vendors – ask questions – and express your interest and enthusiasm.
The Parisian Flea Market vendors are lovely people. If you’re open and friendly and interested in their product, they’ll be interested in you! Remember, as grandmother always said, “You can catch more flies with honey.”

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9. Don’t expect things to be dirt cheap.
Yes, It’s a flea market. But honey, these items are often several centuries old! You’re paying for 100’s of years of dust on these items -and the older it is the higher the price is going to be.

10. Once you’ve finished shopping the Paris Market… don’t forget about the “Other Paris Flea Markets.”
While I love the Marché aux Puces St-Ouen, I equally adore the Marché aux Puces Porte de Vanves and it’s a ball to head out to shop all the local one-weekend brocantes and vide greniers. Consider going off the beaten path in Paris for more flea market shopping!

11. And yes, at The Antiques Diva & Co we always like to go a little above and beyond so our Top 10 Paris Flea Market Tips has 11 tips.
The fact is the Paris Flea Market is the kind of place you’ll want to return to over and over again. It’s an experience that can be repeated but never feels repetitive due to the constantly changing inventory! As the only approved guide of the Paris Flea Market Marché Paul Bert Serpette, we love creating an experience for our clients whether they are first-time shoppers or rookies.

Book Your Tour

Email us at info@antiquesdiva.com for more information on planning a custom tour for you. We’d love to help you navigate the vast market and create a lifelong memory!

Bonne Shopping!

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®

Why Shop The Paris Flea Market?

A Day at the Paris Flea Market Les Marché aux Puces

Any antique lover can agree—shopping the Paris Flea Market is the ultimate dream! I mean seriously… it’s the stuff Bucket Lists are made of! At The Antiques Diva & Co, a day at the Paris Flea Market Tour is one of our most popular tours, and with good reason! From the atmosphere to the inventory and even the food and wine, a day at Les Puces de Paris is a day well spent.

In Paris, going to the markets is a normal part of life. From a cultural standpoint, Europeans are used to buying many items at market – they don’t go to the grocery store to buy their fruits and vegetables – they shop their local market! They even buy their cheese, meats, bread, and flowers at their local market – so it’s no surprise that when the weekend arrives, heading to the Paris Flea Market is a national pastime. Of course… if you lived in Paris, wouldn’t you shop there every week? What a great way to score beautiful antiques as well as enjoy the company of friends. Whether you’re the type of shopper who scans the stands quickly or the “take your time and enjoy” type, you’re sure to get plenty of exercise and fresh air as you peruse mile upon mile of market!

All that walking is sure to make you hungry, and that’s certainly not a problem in Paris! Comfort food and yummy street food is available in the markets themselves. Who couldn’t picture themselves nibbling a fresh croissant and sipping a café while enjoying live music from a solo musician or an ensemble on the street, soaking up the atmosphere that is the Paris Flea Market.

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What Should You Expect at The Paris Flea Markets?

Originally, The Flea Markets were so named because of the actual FLEAS which permeated the outskirts of the city and found their way into the goods being sold on the streets there! Hmm… That doesn’t sound so dreamy, does it? Well, the fleas have fled, and today Les Puces is the best place to find all sorts of pieces at just about every price point. Antique furniture, jewelry, linens, art, rugs, silver, and just about anything else you can imagine can be found—if you’re up for the hunt!

If you’ve got a specific shopping list, that’s great. We always ask clients if there are any pieces they really want to find, that way we can guide them to the perfect dealer. However, it’s also important to remain open, as you may stumble upon the perfect piece you didn’t even know you needed. This is what the French call Coupe de Foudre…. Struck by Lighting, Love at First Sight. I always prepare a list before I shop… and then just like trying to find the perfect man, the one who doesn’t have what you’re looking for, might actually be the one that steals your heart!

There are definitely different types of stands to be aware of when shopping Les Puces. Some dealers have massive spaces in actual buildings—these are more like stores, with highly curated inventory that is displayed beautifully. Other areas of the flea market are more akin to a rummage sale, where the thrill of the hunt must be your primary reason for going. Here you’ll find that perfect treasure amid a box of junk, tucked under a table, or back along a wall. (It’s not a bad idea to bring a pair of gloves and some hand sanitizer if you plan to get down & dirty while searching through boxes.) But hey, that’s where you find the best deals! While we may be Divas, we’re not above rummaging for the perfect find! Hmm… I still think the tax man should allow me to tax deduct my manicures.

While most of the vendors are permanent stalls, the fact is the items being sold are one of a kind… and if you hesitate… someone else might just buy it before you do. If you like it, if it’s the right price, the price you’re willing to pay, then by golly buy it!

Paris Flea Market stalls with The Antiques Diva & Co

When To Shop The Paris Flea Markets?

The Paris Flea Market is open on Saturday and Sunday – with some vendors also opening on Friday and Monday. While historically people think of getting to the flea market early… the early bird doesn’t necessarily get the worm in Paris. The French like to sleep-in and so the market doesn’t really start going in full swing til 10am. Also – be aware of French holidays… the vendors are a skeleton crew in end July and August when the Parisians flee from the city in order to take their month long holiday! Shopping at the Puce is slim pickings then… so if you’re planning a trip to Paris to shop the Flea Market DO NOT go during this time!

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Why Choose The Antiques Diva & Co?

As the only official Exclusive Guide of the Paris Flea Markets Paul Bert Serpette, The Antiques Diva & Co has been chosen because of our long term relationships and close contacts with les Puces. The best way to get a bargain at the Paris Flea Market is to be a local… And it just so happens we are! We can typically save clients via negotiations on antiques what they pay for our tour. Plus we save you time in addition to money. We custom plan a tour for you, helping you navigate the many markets and thousands of vendors to find just what you’re looking for. You don’t waste time digging through things you’re not looking for, but rather maximize your shopping time (and dollar) on a pre-choreographed tour.

Plus… we’re just fun. Not only do we take the stress out of your day by translating and negotiating on your behalf but we tell you inside stories about living in Paris, our favorite haunts, secrets about Parisian life. But buyer beware… the very first Paris Guide I hired was a client who was so obsessed with shopping the Puce I asked her, Why don’t you come on staff and help lead these tours! You might just fall in love with Paris and decide to move overseas!

Email us at info@antiquesdiva.com to find out more about how you can book an Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Tour!

Ciao,

Toma, The Antiques Diva®

Tips for Shopping at The Paris Flea Market

The Antiques Diva’s Shopping Tips for the Paris Flea Market

For first-time visitors to The Paris Flea Market, there are several things you should know before heading out for a shopping day. While many antique lovers build up an image in their mind of an easy-breezy day of strolling through a flea market set in a romantic neighborhood, the reality is that there are some tips that can help you find the market and navigate your way through it. As the only official approved Exclusive Tour Guide of the Paris Flea Markets Paul Bert Serpette, The Antiques Diva & Co is here to help with shopping tips for the Paris Flea Market! Here’s our advice when it comes to shopping the famous Puces de Paris!

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Getting There

The first problem many people have in getting to the market is actually finding the Paris Flea Market. I can’t tell you how many people have emailed me saying, “I went to the Paris Flea Market, but all I saw was a shabby little market outside the metro station selling t-shirts, suitcases, stolen watches, and designer fakes! What did I do wrong? Where is the Paris flea market of my dreams?” Check out a blog I did here for directions on finding the ACTUAL Paris Flea Market.

St-Ouen is much larger than many people suspect. With 15 markets and nearly 2000 vendors in more than 7 miles of antique-filled alleyways, the only way to navigate is with a map or an Antiques Diva Tour Guide. Fortunately we know the market like the back of our hand, and so when you shop with us we’ll take you straight to the vendors you want to see, cutting out the areas that aren’t on target for you, navigating the flea market based upon the types of pieces you’re looking for. Many new art shops and vintage fashion boutiques as well as new antique dealers have opened in the last two years, making St-Ouen a cool weekend destination for Parisians as well as foreign tourists. Watch this space… a new hotel is opening up actually at the market! Now that’s what I call convenience.

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Bargaining

This is an issue many people struggle with – how to bargain, what’s appropriate, and is it expected? There was a time, many years ago, when tourists were optimistic about finding a bargain at le Puces. One of the biggest questions I am asked is “Can you still find a bargain at the Paris Flea Market?” Back in the good ole days, it was a hodgepodge of vendors with a melange of inventory. This meant that a shopper may have been able to unearth a valuable treasure in a stand otherwise filled with junk. Let’s just put it this way… there are no long any fleas at the flea market. It’s gorgeous quality inventory… in fact, so gorgeous its almost ALL the stuff that you want to bring home with you. The market is now set up in permanent stalls – which means it can feel more like a retail experience than some Paris Flea Market virgins expect. So the question is – can you get a bargain at the Paris Flea Market? Absolutely!!! And want to know the best way to get bargain? Use our guides. We do volume business. The vendors know us and know our guides. They know we are coming back week after week and that our clients are pre-qualified shopper. You’re not given the tourist price on an Antiques Diva Paris Tour – you’re given the local price – because the vendors have relationships with us and know that our clients MEAN BUSINESS!!

Part of our service as the only official tour guide of Paul Bert Serpette at The Paris Flea Market is to translate & negotiate on our client’s behalf. But if you’re not with a guide (silly you!) what should you do? You need to ask. The easiest most polite way to ask is simply say, “Is that your best price?” It allows the vendor room to negotiate and sometimes they will surprise you by offering more of a discount than you expected. If you’re shipping with a reputed shipper who will give export papers you can tell the vendor it’s for export and automatically you can get a discount! For more tips on bargaining, check out this blog I recently wrote about What to Buy & How at the Paris Flea Market.

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Food

Whether you’re the type of person who prefers to stroll through the market, taking in every stand, or a power shopper who treats shopping like a sport, chances are you’re going to need to refuel at some point. When hunger strikes, there are a few options for food at The Paris Flea Market.

For traditionalists, there is the Bistrot Paul Bert where one can enjoy a classic steak frites on Rue Paul Bert. My god, their French onion soup is so good that they don’t allow you to order only it. There’s also Le P’tit Landais on Rue des Rosiers where indulging in foie gras and a salad is the perfect lunch. For something new and hip, Philippe Starck’s Ma Cocotte has been serving a wide variety of foods since 2012. And believe it or not le cheeseburger has become impossibly hip in Paris… and its on le menu at the Ma Cocotte.

However you envision your day at the Paris Flea Market, we’re always here to make it easy and enjoyable so you’ll not only come away with some treasures, but also with a lasting memory. In French souvenir means memories… and when you shop with The Antiques Diva & Co you’re buying memories of your trip to France.

For more information on our Paris Flea Market Tours, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to custom plan a tour for you!

Bonne Shopping!

Toma, The Antiques Diva®

Paris Flea Market – What to Buy & How

What to Buy at the Paris Flea Market

What can one expect to find at the Paris Flea Market? In short, everything under the sun! Ok, maybe not EVERYTHING, but close to it. From fine 18th century French furniture to Mid-Century Modern pieces to lighting, rugs, artwork, sculptures, vintage linens and even Chanel, the Paris Flea Market has so much to offer antiques hunters. With all these options, how do you know what to buy at the Paris Flea Market? My answer is to let your heart – along with an Antiques Diva Guide – guide you! Meandering through the vast markets which make up Les Puces is overwhelming. Getting there, knowing where to start, and navigating the specific sections of the market to find exactly what you’re looking for is our specialty. That’s why we’re thrilled to be the only official approved Tour Guide of the Paris Flea Markets Paul Bert Serpette!

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How Do You Shop?

Everyone shops differently and that’s why we custom plan all of our tours based on your needs. Some clients prefer to browse, looking for that perfect piece, soaking in all the Parisian shopping experience has to offer. Others treat flea marketing like a hunt—looking to score as much game as possible in the least amount of time! We love doing it both ways! Our Guides get a high from seamlessly maneuvering down hidden alleyways, getting you to the perfect dealer, and then translating & negotiating on your behalf. But the process of shopping flea markets is so much more than just buying pretty things.

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The Antiques Diva & Co is the only official tour guide of the Paris Flea Market Paul Bert Serpette

It’s about knowledge, which is power. Knowing what pieces are available and what’s in high demand allows our Diva Guides to pinpoint what a good piece and price is. When it comes to sealing the deal, it’s all about letting them offer a better price first. In the French culture, you don’t want to offend a dealer by offering too low of a price, but this is flea marketing after all, and most people expect to barter. The key is personality! Talk to them about their pieces first and perhaps find something in common which will establish a connection between you and the vendor. Our Guides are all conversationalists, so they love playing matchmaker between dealer and customer—even if the relationship only lasts the duration of a few minutes until the deal is made. C’est la vie! It’s all about handling negotiations with grace and charm!

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Another great way to determine what to buy is to look at an item and come up with a figure you would be willing to pay for it. Do this before you look at the price tag! Then when you check the price, you will know whether it’s too high or just right for you. Having a set figure in your mind before you even start negotiations allows you to buy smartly and avoid buyer’s remorse later. As with anything, timing is extremely important. Looking for garden furniture and statues? Buy them in the off-season and you’re sure to score a better price.

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What to Buy

Want to know what we think are the Best Things To Buy At The Paris Flea Market – check out another blog we did on this topic! We consistently see clients coming away with chandeliers, mirrors, linens, Art Nouveau pieces, vintage jewelry, scarves, bedside tables, taxidermy & horns, vintage postcards, and many styles of antique chairs!

Ciao,

Toma, The Antiques Diva®

Sourcing Paris Flea Market for Jewelry Pieces

Dear Diva Readers,

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My personal fashion style is all about accessories. Fab fur stoles, big earrings, big rings, big necklaces… Hmm… I see a pattern here! I once shook hands with a man who commented on my ring… “You must have a really big personality to go along with that rock!” I absolutely adore jewelry – especially unique jewelry and I’m not alone when it comes to wanting one-of-a-kind statement pieces. In addition to helping clients buy antique costume and paste jewelry we also get frequent requests on Antiques Diva Paris Tours from jewelry designers asking for our help sourcing bits and bobs to make jewelry. A recent query got me thinking about all the things that could be used to make special jewelry pieces! Besides, whenever you combine three of my favorite things—antiques, jewelry, and Paris— you’ve got a winning recipe in my book!

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How to Source the Paris Flea Market for Pieces to Make Jewelry

One thing I love about the Paris Flea Market is that you can find anything and everything there. As the official Tour Guides of Paul Bert Serpette, our Diva Guides know the market like the back of their hands. When clients come on tour and are searching for bits and baubles to make jewelry with, we take them to several of our favorite stalls to hunt for just the right pieces.

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When you’re meandering among furniture, chandeliers, taxidermy, and linens, you have to have a keen eye to spot the little boxes filled with jewelry pieces. And it’s important to understand what price point and style you are after. There really is a range available. Some vendors carry turquoise, coral, and sterling which can run a bit higher in price. Other dealers specialize in religious icons, medals, and rosary beads. If you’re looking for really special things, there are places to find them. Why not make a necklace from an antique vinaigrette? These pieces once held vinegar-soaked sponges to block odor if you felt faint, but their intricacy make them ideal pieces for a modern day necklace! Scraps of vintage fabric, buttons, lace trim, and ribbon all make for great crafting projects and can be incorporated into eclectic jewelry items. There are some great stores that sell mini vintage bags and wrapping that make a great finish to wrap your products for sale or as gifts.

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Sourcing Paris Flea Markets for Jewelry Pieces-Vinaigrette fullWe often encourage clients to look for the junk drawers in stalls that don’t specialize in jewelry at all—and these are the stalls where you can really find bargains! In general, if something is locked behind a closed case, it will be more expensive. Rummaging through junk drawers or boxes may require you to wash your hands afterwards, but you’ll come away with some wonderful items at excellent prices! Some clients find the most broken and tarnished items possible, which helps keep the prices low. These people really have a vision for the potential of these disparate pieces and know that once they get them home, they can create beautiful jewelry. If you can think outside the box, you can pick up small sterling purses that tailors once used for keeping pins in and transform them into unique necklaces! It’s all about seeing the possibility behind objects! Perhaps one of the most unique objects we’ve seen turned into jewelry are antique baby items such as teething rings! One client made them into beautiful pendants!

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We also love to take clients to a place in Marché Malassis which is very famous and has beautiful and great quality passementerie, accessoires de mode, perles, and broderies. If time permits, we’ll also visit Porte de Vanves where you can find everything from old coins to medals, charms, silver luggage tags, chatelaine perfume bottle pendants, folding eye glasses, cameos, brooches, and rings. It’s literally like a treasure hunt!

If you’re not heading to Paris and want to buy one of these repurposed necklaces, one of the dealers in the USA who is doing a brilliant job creating inventory from French Finds is French At Heart. Take a look at some of her beautiful creations below and on her Pinterest page!

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If this sounds like your idea of a heavenly day, then the Antiques Diva Paris Tour is for you! Email us at info@antiquesdiva.com for more information and we’d be happy to put together a custom tour just for you!

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Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

Paul Bert Serpette

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®

The Antiques Diva Does High Point Market

Dear Diva Readers,

I cannot believe that it is almost October already! It seems that this year is flying by, but October means that it’s time for autumn High Point Market which is one of my favorite times of the year.  I’ll be there giving my behind the scenes tour of The Antique & Design Center and also throwing a Midnight in Paris party at the Currey & Co showroom! I’m also speaking on a panel and taking over the High Point Market’s Instagram account for a day – not to mention standing in when Julianne Taylor of Taylor Burke Home does the pre-release of her book DesignHer, listing 35 Inspiring Women Who Are Shaping The Interior Design World.  I’m so excited she included me – ME!!! – in that list! In fact, I’m excited in general as the reason this is my favorite time of year is that High Point is all about People. It’s when I get to connect with industry friends and brands, colleagues and clients – and not to mention – BLOG READERS! I’d LOVE to invite you to attend one of my Antiques Diva events at High Point Market!

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1.  The Antiques Diva Happy Hour Tour of The Antique & Design Center 

Date: Friday, October 16th 2015 at 4:00pm
Location: The Antique & Design Center Ground Level of Market Square

The early bird gets the worm at the ADC with me, Toma Clark Haines, owner of Europe’s largest antiques touring and buying service company, as I take you on a tour of the major antique periods and styles to identify their key characteristics utilizing modern day metaphors and featuring inventory found at the Antique and Design Center in High Point.  No passport required.   Focusing on the antique trends in Europe- I’ll take antiques out of the past and bring them into the future of design. Visit the High Point Antique Center Blog for details.

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2.  Midnight in Paris with The Antiques Diva & Co

Date: Saturday, October 17th 2015 from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Currey & Company Showroom – IHFC M110 on Main Street, Street Level

Join me, The Antiques Diva, and win a tour of the Paris Flea Markets with the DIVA. Join us for lively conversations about antiques, design, travel and more while sipping a champagne cocktail, listening to live music and viewing new Currey products on the first official day of market.  SPECIAL 100 EURO OFF Diva Tour Gift Certificates will be given out at this fete in everyone’s favorite showroom at High Point!

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3.  DesignHer Pre-Release Party 

Date: Saturday, October 17th 2015 from 5.30pm-7:30pm
Location: Wesley Hall Showroom
310 N Hamilton St, High Point, NC 27260

Julianne Taylor, IIDA Founder + Creative Director of Taylor Burke Home is doing a SPECIAL PRE-RELEASE Party for the launch of her new book DesignHer – listing 35 Inspiring Women Who Are Shaping The Interior Design World.   I happen to be one of those 35 profiles and will be attending this fete with other featured women in design.  After this first release of 300 numbered and signed copies, the book will be available for purchase in late January/early February 2016.

 

4.  Mastering the Mix of Antique and Contemporary Art & Decor in Interior Design

Date: Sunday, October 18th 2015 from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Theodore Alexander, 229 West Russell Avenue, High Point, 27260

Join industry experts and masters of mixing materials, periods and styles as they discuss how to create designs that look collected, curated and current. Panel: Antiques Diva CEO, Toma Clark Haines; Interior designer Robert Passal; and Lowy Frame & Fine Art Services Co-Owner, Brad Shar. Moderator: Veronika Miller, CEO Modenus.

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ALSO ON SUNDAY 

5.  #HPMKT Instagram TakeOver

The Antiques Diva & Co has been tagged with the task of taking over High Point Market’s Instagram Account! I’ll be posting up to 15 photos on High Points very own Instagram site sharing some Diva Style. Make sure to follow @TheAntiquesDiva on Instagram and High Point Market.

I hope to see many friends and colleagues there! If you can’t make it to market, stay tune to our social medias and the blog as I’ll be keeping you up to date on what’s happening at #HPMKT.

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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Paris Flea Market, Les Puces, Paul Bert Serpette, The City of Light, Antiques Tour of Paris, Antiques Diva Tours, Les Puces en Lumiere, Buying French Antiques

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®   

How to Find the Paris Flea Market

Dear Diva Readers,

One of our most popular antique buying tours is our Paris Flea Market Tour!  While  most people have heard of this magical wonderland… you’d be surprised at the number of people who have TRIED to visit this famous flea market Les Puce de Paris but couldn’t actually find their way! I receive emails from blog readers saying… “I went to the Paris Flea Market… But all I saw was a shabby little market with t-shirt vendors, and suitcases, stolen watches and designer fakes!! What did I do wrong? Where is the Paris Flea Market of my dreams?! The one you see in all the magazines!!”

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Photo Courtesy of Nest Nest Nest

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It is always difficult trying to navigate a foreign city, but Les Puces can be tricky to find.

As the only official tour guides of Paris Flea Market Paul Bert Serpette, here are The Antiques Diva’s tips on how to find the Paris Flea Market.

How to Find the Paris Flea Market

First off – the area surrounding the Puce is always a surprise! It’s located in what I call “the armpit of Paris”—the northernmost area of the city near the Porte de Clignancourt.  This is the type of neighborhood that makes you want to watch your wallet and hold your purse close! It’s a pick-pocket’s haven so BE CAUTIOUS. My go-to technique when meandering in an area is to wear dark shades and avoid eye contact with the humanity. Oh and yes, when I pop out of the flea market the first thing I always think is… “Oh the Humanity!”   Don’t let this dissuade you – you just need to push past the populous.

Paris Metro, Line 4, How to get to Paris Flea Market, Puce, Clignancourt

Paris Metro, Line 4, How to get to Paris Flea Market, Puce, Clignancourt

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, Paris Flea Market, Jennifer Meditash, Marche aux Puces

To get to the flea market, take the metro line 4 from anywhere in the city to the end of the line and get off at the stop Porte de Clignancourt. There will be signs that point to Puces de Paris in the metro station so go ahead and follow those. When you come up to the street exit, you’ll see on the opposite side of the road a small market set up—the kind that sells sunglasses, fake designer bags, t-shirts and even stolen cell phones. Don’t be fooled—this is NOT Les Puces! Most people go wrong at this point and give up, thinking that the Paris flea market of their dreams doesn’t exist.

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What you need to do at this point is walk down Avenue Michelet and go past the overpass which is the highway periferique (it circles Paris). Turn left when you see Rue des Rosiers. Once you’ve arrived at the corner of these two streets. you’ve officially made it to the Paris Flea Market! When you get there, you’ll find 15 miles of antique filled alleyways, so it can be a bit overwhelming. Where do you go? What sections specialize in what styles? How do you get your purchases home? That’s where we come in. Our Diva Guides will take you to the best spots in this vast flea market, all the while translating and negotiating on your behalf. They’ll even help liaise you with your preferred shipper.

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If you happen to be going on your own, however, I’ll give you my three favorite areas of Les Puces. The first is Marche Vernaison which will be on the right as you enter Les Puces. This market has smalls and perfectly packables which are attractively priced. You can find good jewelry, small paintings, hotel silver, porcelain, and other tabletop items.  The second area I love is Marche Paul Bert which is best described as the Paris flea market you’ve always dreamed of shopping!   It’s what you see in photos when you google Les Puces and it is where the magic happens. A mix of furniture, decorative antiques, industrial items and much more is all set up in proper shops rather than tents. It’s styled and romantic—just what you imagine Paris to be.  Lastly, be sure to visit Marche Serpette which is connected to Paul Bert as the covered section of the market  and perfect should a rainy day make you need to run inside for shelter!

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At my famous annual party in Paris during Maison Objet with a team from IFDA

So there you have it! Don’t get detoured when trying to find the Paris Flea Market. Use this guide and if you want a seamless experience, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com to book a tour of this world famous treasure!  While you can always shop the market on your own… we save you time and money by shopping with us! You tell us what you want and we plan your day to get you directly to the areas of the market where you’re most likely to find what you’re looking for!  And then we negotiate – getting way bigger discounts as locals who are seen shopping the market every weekend of the year – than you as a tourist would get. And then we liaise you with an international shipper to help you get your goods home sweet home across the pond!!

Want more of the Paris Flea Market!?? Watch me on Editor at Large TV here (part 1) and (part 2) here.

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

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