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Save Save Save on Paris Puces du Design Tour

Dear Diva Readers,

Attention, attention! We’ve got a last minute special happening in Paris! Book a SPECIAL TOUR of the Puces du Design in conjunction with the Puces de Paris and save 100 EURO!!! The Puces du Design is the only event of this size and quality to be open to the public. With over 100 dealers, our Diva Guides can help you navigate the booths, translate with dealers, and negotiate on your behalf.

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When the fair was first founded in 1999, it was absolutely audacious to propose in Paris a market with dealers specialized in Post War 20th century design.  Who would buy it, the French wondered….  But the bet of fair founder Fabien Bonillo paid off and his Puces du Design has been going strong for 15 years!  The Puces du Design is the only design event of this size and quality (100 exhibitors among which 40% of non French gallerists ).

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Among the hundred of antique dealers and gallerists coming from all over Europe you’ll find some of the most famous designers of the period – Eames, Panton, Saarinen, Matégot, Prouvé.  And did I mention they also do fashion at the fair…

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Get bit by the fleas. Book a tour now and save as the Puces du Design runs May 28-31. Email us at info@antiquesdiva.com.

The Antiques Diva®  

Les Merveilles de Babellou

Dear Diva Readers,

I love Paris in the Spring time… I love Paris in the Fall.  Paris is perhaps the city where any Diva would feel most at home – it is the epitome of style and taste. It also happens to be one of our most popular tour cities at The Antiques Diva & Co. The Paris Flea Market alone is a huge draw as you can find almost any type of antique you are looking for – but for fashionista’s our Paris Vintage Fashion Tours are a dream come true.  I wanted to share with you today one special source Les Merveilles de Babellou.  This boutique is THE BEST source for vintage fashion in Paris! In fact, you can see a snippet of the store in a video we did last year for The Editor at Large when I ran into one of our Diva Guides while I was shopping the Puce on film with VIP Designers David Dalton and Jennifer Mehditash.

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Isabelle Klein is one of our favorite dealers at “Marché Paul Bert”.  Her luxury vintage fashion boutique “Les Merveilles de Babellou” is actually bearing Isabelle’s  childhood nickname – Babellou! The store has the ambiance of an old time Paris boutique which transports customers to a time and place when Paris fashion was at its height. Top fashion brands of the twentieth century like Chanel, Hermes, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and many others fill the store, beckoning all who enter to take a piece of fashion history home with them.

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Isabelle Klein, Marché Paul Bert, Paris Flea Market, Antiques Diva Paris Tours, Vintage Fashion Tours Paris, Vintage Hermes,

Celebrities, stylists, and vintage fashion lovers can find clothing, haute-couture, accessories, and jewelry that elicit “oohs and ahhs.” If you’re looking to add to your collection or even purchase a special piece for an event, this is the place to find it! But inspiration can also be found on their website where you can click through stylish and rare pieces from the comfort of your home. All products in the store and online are guaranteed to be authentic and of good quality.

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If you happen to be in Paris, stop in and tell them The Antiques Diva sent you—or better yet, take one of our Paris Vintage Fashion Tours and shop on the arm of one of our lovely Diva Guides! If you’d like information on our Paris Tours, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com.

Au revoir,

The Antiques Diva®  

Top Flea Markets in France

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While there are several flea markets throughout France, each offering something unique and specializing in different types of antiques, it’s easy for me to choose the TOP TWO flea markets in France!

My Top 2 Flea Markets in France?

Without a doubt the top 2 flea markets in France are the Paris Flea Market and L’isle sur la Sorgue in Provence.  Here you can find absolutely anything and everything French & chic from antique furniture – chest of drawers, Bergers and Fauteuils oh my – to art de la table and art for your walls, impossibly gorgeous kitchenalia and divine vintage frocks and jewels. The more important question is, what won’t you find?

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But to choose a 3rd favorite flea market in France?  Oh la la… I fear that’s almost impossible! Of course I’ve spent many a morning wandering the stalls at the Porte de Vanves in Paris. It’s ideal for smalls.  But I fear if I mention Porte de Vanves I’m only focusing on Paris… and there is a whole nation out there ready and waiting for Diva Readers to shop. Villeneuve Les Avignon is one of my favorite Provence markets tucked away under the shadow of the town’s chateau and Allées Jules Guesde, in central Toulouse has a plethora of perfectly polished collectables.  Carpentras is worthy of a hit as well.  And buyers looking for a day trip out of Paris are sure to enjoy the amazing prices on inventory at the Orleans market in the Loire Valley!

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my top 2 flea markets in France are the Paris Flea Market and L’isle sur la Sorgue in Provence: brocante market Isle de la Sorgue

So the next time you’re planning a trip to France, just know that there is a plethora of flea markets just waiting for you! If this seems overwhelming, we’re here to help. For more information on booking a French flea market tour, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d be happy to custom plan an antiques buying tour to suit your needs and your budget.

Bonne shopping,

The Antiques Diva®

Shopping Paris With Diva Guide Jennifer

Dear Diva Readers,

Here at The Antiques Diva & Co we love nothing more than shopping for antiques all across Europe, but one thing that helps make the Antiques Diva experience so special is our wonderful Guides! Jennifer is one of our local Paris Guides and we sat down with her recently to discuss a few of her favorite things about Paris and the Antiques Diva Tours in this City of Light! The best part about having locally based Guides is getting all the inside scoop concerning the antiques industry, trends, and where to get the best bargains. With that in mind, let’s chat with Jennifer…

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Paris Diva Guide Jennifer

Antiques Diva®:
What is your favorite piece you’ve found while shopping the Paris Flea Market?

Diva Guide Jennifer:
My favorite piece would be a bould de rampe / boule d’escalier. My father collected them while I was growing up so they are special to me, and are hard to find now. Often they are Baccarat or Saint Louis, so of course French. Think ornate crystal ball that goes on the top of a newel post for decoration. Like bling for your stairs!  One time I found a pretty grass-green one that was an unusual color so of course it had to be added to the family collection.

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Antiques Diva®:
What type of pieces would you say a client could find for a bargain in Paris?

Diva Guide Jennifer:
I find that you can often get a bargain on bigger/heavier pieces; things that are harder to get home and not as easy to fit in with today’s scale (smaller rooms with lower ceilings). Most people can make room for a desk (bureau) or commode (bureau), but a large armoire or bonnetiere (with one door) can be harder to place. I find that some of the darker and carved pieces in the Louis XIII or even Louis XIV style can be too visually heavy for a lot of people. They just aren’t as popular as the Louis XV or Louis XVI pieces, therefore you can pick them up for a better price.

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Antiques Diva®:
What makes the Paris tours special in your opinion?

Diva Guide Jennifer:
First of all the Paris tours are in PARIS, and who does not want to go to Paris?
! Beyond the incredible city that we are in, I think the particular history and folklore of Les Puces adds to the charm and allure of the tours. The sheer size, variety, and selection of what is available is truly something to behold.  The proximity to Paris is also a plus. If you know where to go and what is really worth seeing, the markets can easily be seen in half a day. You don`t have to be a dealer to enjoy the experience. To me it is like the other monuments in Paris; something that should be seen by everybody. I have had many clients spend many hours at Les Puces and then still be back in Paris to enjoy a kir near the Eiffel Tower later in the afternoon.

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Paris is always a good idea!

Antiques Diva®:
What type of pieces can one expect to find in Paris?

Diva Guide Jennifer:
I think Paris has a great scene for some of the big names in Parisian couture. Chanel fans will be amazed at the selection of clothing and purses and collectors will be impressed with the choices and variety of jewelry. We also have some excellent sources for vintage Louis Vuitton luggage or trunks. Goyard is also a favorite but not as well known.

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Our Favorite Vendor at the Paris Flea Market for Vintage Louis Vuitton is Le Monde de Voyage!

Antiques Diva®:
Do you have any secret sources in Paris that may not be available to the public?

Diva Guide Jennifer:
While not really secret, I think the Drouot (Parisian auction house) has amazing bargains. It can be intimidating and complicated for foreigners, but the bargains can be shocking. This is where I always take family and friends if they want a real Parisian experience without the Parisian prices. We do offer Paris Auction House tours!

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Attending an Auction at the Hotel Drouot

Antiques Diva®:
What’s the biggest myth/misconception about shopping in Paris?

Diva Guide Jennifer:  
From personal experience I have found that it can be cheaper to buy something here and ship it abroad than to buy the same thing in the US. I have also found that it pays to know what you are doing. While not common, there are fakes and copies out there.

Antiques Diva®:
What’s hot in vintage Chanel right now?

Diva Guide Jennifer:  
What is Diva-hot in Chanel (i.e., what our clients seem to like) is jewelry. Clients have been amazed at the prices and selection compared to what they can get in the US. Plus there is something for everybody ie you don’t have to spend a fortune on a pair of earrings or something smaller. I was interested to learn about the older jewelry, who made it and how the quality was so much  better. It is not all big ‘C’s and crosses!

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Making a Private Appointment to visit Didier Ludot on a Paris Vintage Shopping Tour

Thanks Jennifer for sharing some of your favorite things about the Paris Antiques Diva® Tours! If you would like to book an Antiques Diva Buying Tour in Paris or any of our 8 tour countries, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com.

Au revoir et a Bientôt!

The Antiques Diva®

Flea Market Do’s and Dont’s

Dear Diva Readers,

My Diva Guides and I are constantly shopping Europe’s best flea markets helping clients find the perfect pieces.  Over the years of shopping abroad I’ve learned the do’s and don’ts of flea marketing and I want to share some of that hard earned knowledge with you so that you’ll be ready to hunt for your perfect pieces.

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European Flea Market Tip # 1- The first bit of advice is to follow the Boy Scout mantra, “Always be prepared.”  Come with a shopping tote, extra bags, plenty of cash, handy wipes and a tape measure.  Bring paint or fabric swatches if you’re looking for a specific room in your home.  As markets are usually outside, wear sunglasses– but hope for rain – and pack an umbrella.  (Vendors are more likely to bargain in the rain because they have less customers.)  Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers.  The key difference between shopping in Europe and North America comes down to STYLE – in Europe you need to dress up a bit more.   No sweat suits. Nor white tennis shoes. One Parisian dealer complained about a running-suit clad client of mine explaining his lack of a discount was because of her appearance…. “But I have to look at her! She should make an effort! Non?” 

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European Flea Market Tip # 2Come Early or Stay Late.  Early birds get the BEST selection of inventory – but not necessarily the best prices.  Late shoppers not only get more beauty sleep but are much more likely to get a bargain.  When there is an object I adore that’s beyond my price range I stalk it. I show up at the same booth several times in one day until the vendor says “You again?”  The more times a vendor sees you the more serious they know you are and the better the price becomes. I used this strategy in Paris buying a Louis XV commode. At the start of the day the vendor priced the item 1800 Euro.  By the end of the day, I paid 1000 E cold hard cash.

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European Flea Market Tip # 3  – Cash is King.  Most flea markets don’t accept credit cards.  And for those that do,  paying cash will always get you the better bargain.  A lot of people find negotiating difficult and there are a few easy strategies. A polite way to ask for a discount is to say “Is this the best price?”  Another option is to offer the price you’re willing to pay.  “This is marked 75 Euro.  Will you take 50Euro?”  Note prices in European flea markets tend to be a little higher than in American flea markets because the inventory is MUCH OLDER.  You can’t expect to buy a 150 Euro silver set for the same price as a 20 year old set in America.  Be reasonable. Don’t insult the vendor by offering too little.   Lastly a 3rd strategy for getting a discount is bundling.  The more you buy from one vendor the better the price becomes.  At the last minute –  just as I’m paying if I’m feeling cheeky   – I will pick up a small item and wink at the vendor asking “And this… this is a gift for me!?!”  You would be surprised how many vendors laugh and say yes.

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European Flea Market Tip #4  – Be friendly – and ladies – don’t be afraid to flirt!  The adage about catching more flies with honey is true.  Ask questions.  Ask its age, style, period, place of origin and material.  Be inquisitive.  The more interest you show the more likely the vendor is to make a special price.

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European Flea Market Tip #5 – At the end of the day… if you love it, if you can afford it, if you want it – buy it!  Flea marketing is meant to be fun and if hard-core bargaining takes the joy out of shopping don’t be afraid to pay full price.  Vendors will love you for it.  Set a budget for your day. Determine how much you are willing to spend and go have fun. Don’t think too long on purchases.  Ask yourself, “If I walk away from this item, am I going to be disappointed if it’s not there when I return?”   If the answer is yes.  Buy it.

Et voila – Keep these 5 Antiques Diva Flea Marketing Tips in mind when you hit the markets and you’ll be well on your way to shopping Diva Style!

Happy hunting,

The Antiques Diva®

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French Flea Market Vocabulary Lesson

Dear Diva Readers,

Parlez Vous Brocante?  Do you speak French Flea Market? I want to share with a few key words to guide your French Flea Market forays this spring and summer so you know where to buy antiques in France!

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Marche aux Puces – The Flea Market.  The Marche aux Puce de Paris (otherwise known as the Paris Flea Market) is where the term “flea market” was coined.   (You can watch my Editor at Large TV video to learn how the term “flea market” was coined).  When traveling in a French town look for their local Puce (their local flea market). It usually occurs 1 or 2 days a week – often on – but not limited to the weekend.  Some of the best flea markets in France are in the South of France – in Nice, Avignon, Arles or Toulouse.  Closer to Paris I really like the Orleans flea market – it’s quite similar to Puce at the Port de Vanves.

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Buying antiques in Paris Antiques Diva

Brocante– A Brocante is a short term flea market. It can be held anywhere from 1 day to a full on 2 weeks.  Bigger ones will have billboards all over town advertising them – so when you see a sign stuck to a lamp post or a giant poster in the metro with this word Brocante highlighted on it get ready to shop!  These brocantes attract vendors from all over France selling everything from high end antiques to vintage pieces and simply second hand junk. If I were a bumper sticker kind of girl I’d put a sticker on my car that says “I Brake for Brocantes”  You can find great prices at these special flea markets.  My All Time Favorite Brocante is La Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons. (Next time you can book a tour for this fabulous brocante is 26 September – 6 October, 2014).

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Buying antiques in Paris Antiques Diva

Vide-Greniers – Essentially this is an Attic Sale – but its set up in the center of town with anywhere from 50 to a couple of 1000 people participating.  These aren’t professional vendors but private people wanting to sell their goods.  Consider it a town wide garage sale where anything and everything is for sale. While you’ll have to dig through second hand clothes and used toys you can also find gorgeous antiques going for a song!

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Buying antiques in Paris Antiques Diva

Salon des Antiquaires – This is a step up from a flea market or brocante – which can have second hand and decorative tat. This will be more high brow and have higher quality pieces – but dont let that phrase scare you – there are bargains to be had.  They are just bargains on 200 year old pieces instead of 80 year old pieces.

When you go to a Puce, Brocante, Vide Grenier or Salon des Antiquaires you should know a few key phrases in French to get the ball rolling!

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Basic Brocante Vocabulary:
Start the conversation with a simple, Bonjour Madame or to catch the vendors attention try S’il vous plaît  (SVP) Monsieur.

Point then to the item you are interested in and ask how much it costs C’est combien, SVP? or try Vous voulez combien?

Ask how old it is? Quel âge a cette chaise?  Ça date de quand?   What wood it is? C’est quel type de bois?  And where it comes from:  Quelle est sa provenance?

Don’t be shy – negotiation is expected.  Ask for a good deal.    Vous pouvez  faire un meilleur prix? or C’est votre meilleur prix? or Vous pour faire mieux?

Verify they are giving you the export price C’est le prix pour exportation?  Is it too expensive? C’est trop cher!  (said while batting your eyes!)  A good deal? C’est bon marché – C’est un bon prix – C’est raisonnable.  I’ll take it! Je le prends!

And don’t forget to say Merci! Au Revoir!

The Antiques Diva®

Toma Clark Haines

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History of the Paris Flea Market

Dear Diva Readers,

O ne of our most popular Antiques Diva® Tour destinations is The Paris Flea Market.  People come from all over the world and ask us to help them navigate the HUGE Les Puces, which encompasses 15 markets.  It can be intimidating not knowing which areas to go to, how to speak the language, and how to negotiate with French antique dealers.

Les-Puces

We believe that education is the first step in the process so our Diva Guides will brief you on all you need to know before hitting the streets – we try to teach you how to do it yourself  – but we’re also there to translate, negotiate, and will help you liaise with a shipper to get your purchases home!  In the spirit of education, let me share with you the history of this famous market!

HISTORY OF THE PARIS FLEA MARKET

The Paris Flea Market’s origin dates back over two centuries.  It all began when men would pick through the garbage at night, collecting “junk” that still had value.  They would set up temporary stalls within the Paris walls and sell their finds in less than desirable neighborhoods.  These areas were full of thieves and pickpockets, and as a result the pickers were chased out of the city and forced to set up just outside the city walls in areas like Clingnancourt, Montreuil, and Vanves.  

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Eventually these “vendors” formed groups of stalls to attract more customers.  You might think of it as a “one stop shop” with a variety of merchandise.  In the spirit of entrepreneurism, some of these hawkers began selling higher quality goods, allowing them to gain customers such as collectors and antique dealers.

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In 1855, the streets were paved and the area of Saint Ouen was cleaned up by order of the authorities, leading to the first year of Les Puces.  Certain areas were designated as official market space and vendors were required to pay a fee if they wanted to set up a stall there. The Marché Vernaison came about when Monsieur Romain Vernaison built a series of covered huts on the acres he owned. Then an Albanian named Malik bought a building on rue Jules Valles and turned it into 100 stalls, forming the Malik Market. In 1925 the Marché du Biron was formed, consisting of 2 long rows of stalls.  It is known to be the more expensive market today.

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Creative Consultant and Lifestyle Expert Andrew Skipper shops the Paris Flea Market on an Antiques Diva & Co Buying Tour

Knowing the history behind the different markets is not only interesting but also helpful when deciding which section of the Paris Flea Market you want to shop. Some markets in Paris offer higher end items, while others are the bargain hunter’s dream.  The market is massive – it’s 7 miles of antique filled alleyways and 15 districts.  Knowing where to go can feel down right intimidating.  We’re going to share with you a map of the famous Puce de Paris so you can see the various markets in the Paris Flea Market and get a feel for the lay of the land.

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As always, if you would like to book an Antiques Diva Tour of the Paris Flea Market or any of our tour countries- Italy, England, Sweden, Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, and Denmark, contact us at info@antiquesdiva.com to inquire about your custom made private antiques buying tour.

Au revoir et Bonne Shopping!!!

The Antiques Diva®

Les Puces – Paris Flea Market

Dear Diva Readers,

Big news for Les Puces de Paris (The Paris Flea Market) has just been announced!  Two major sections of the Paris Flea Market – Paul Bert and Serpette in Saint-Ouen –  have been sold by The Duke of Westminster to a prominent French Businessman, Jean-Cyrille Boutmy. Of late, vendors have been unhappy with The Duke, claiming that he has imposed unfair rent increases and has viewed ownership of these historic markets as a mere business investment, completely discounting the fact that they are an integral part of France’s history. Les Puces – Paris Flea Market is not only the best flea market in the world – but it’s also a national landmark. Viva La France!

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The good news is that the new owner claims to have bought the two markets “out of passion,” and has committed to preserving their eclectic character. Rumor has it there is a renewed sense of optimism for Les Puces de Paris.

One thing is for sure– we’ll be watching and keeping you updated on relevant changes and exciting additions to this popular flea market tour destination!  You can read more about this buy out at The Guardian.

As always we’d love to see you on an upcoming Paris Flea Market Tour. We pick you up at your hotel, drive you to the Paris Flea Market, custom plan a route (making private appointments with vendors when needed), and organize an antiques buying tour of the famous Puce de Paris that not only saves you time – but also saves you money.  Our Paris Flea Market Shopping Guides are fixtures at the market – they know everyone and those relationships help get you the best prices.  On tour they translate, negotiate and liaise you with a shipper to help get your purchases home sweet home across the pond.

Stay tuned for more Les Puces Paris Flea Market News as it comes in.
The Antiques Diva®

Paris Flea Market Tour with The Antiques Diva and Editor at Large

Here it lately it feels I’ve been living an “Oh la la” Life…  a life where everything is seen through rose colored glasses.  Of course that could be because I’m sleep deprived from an incredibly busy schedule and my eyes are just a bit blurry – but life has been lived with a gorgeous glow these days!

Paris Flea Market Tour
with The Antiques Diva and Editor at Large

I was delighted when Editor at Large TV chose to cover my Paris Flea Market Fête If you’re not already familiar with this essential design industry website the best way to describe it is as “the CNN of the design world”.  With Editor TV they take their design industry news coverage a bit further by offering a sneak peek into the lives of the people at the heart of the interior design and home furnishings industry.

After filming our Paris Flea Market Party, I took Editor at Large TV on a Paris Flea Market Tour with The Antiques Diva: we’re joined by two of my favorite international interior designers – David Dalton and Jennifer Mehditash.

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Caption:  Caught in a candid moment!

These jet-set designers do properties around the globe and their client lists read like a who’s who list.  They were the perfect people to plunder the Marché aux Puces de Paris with for our Editor at Large TV Tour.  But don’t take my word for it – you can watch the tour unfold, diva style.

Apologies should email subscribers have a problem watching this video – embeddable video can malfunction for email blog subscribers – if you’re unable to watch the videos here on my own blog – go to Editor at Large TV to watch our Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market tour Part II and Part III.

So pop some popcorn and enjoy the show!
Toma, The Antiques Diva®

 

Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

Dear Diva Readers,

Antiques Diva and Andrew Joseph at The Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

Last week I wrote to you telling you about the Americans In Paris Party held during Design Week – this week I have to tell you about my own Antiques Diva Party held at our favorite French antique vendors shop – Un Singe en Hiver!!!

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When the invitation reads “Join me at the Paris Flea Market…” you know the party is going to be good.  Throw in a guest list that includes 200 of the top American interior designers, a brunch buffet that reads as “France on a Plate” and copious quantities of champagne – all before noon – and the party is a sure-fire recipe for glamour. To close out the last day of Design Week in Paris, I  invited my clients and blog readers to join me for a Party at the Puce de Paris on the last day of Design Week during Maison Objet and Deco Off.  Following the fete  my guides and I  took clients on complimentary afternoon antique buying tours.

 Toma Clark Haines speaks to her guests at The Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

When asked the ingredient for the perfect party, my answer is simple.  Champagne!  For this special occasion I had my own Antiques Diva label created specifically for the fete!  When hosting a brunch party in Paris you don’t have to look far for the perfect ingredients – croissants, pain au chocolat and pain aux raisins.

champagne brunch at The Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

To prepare for the fete I pillaged the markets for fromage and charcuterie and served it on 18th C ironstone platters and cutting boards – all for sale at our hosts shop Un Singe Un Hiver – and picked up some flowers and put them in 19th C urns.  Et Voila you’ve got a party – diva style!

Diva champagne and chocolates at The Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

Of course in Paris every day feels like a fete!  What I loved about planning this particular party – is that it was  easy yet elegant entertaining.  The French make everything seem effortless.  Living in Europe for 13  years has taught me that elegance boils down to simplicity.

Toma Clark Haines and guests at The Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

If you missed the party – have no fear – we’ll be hosting it again next year during Deco Off and Maison Objet.  This is sure to become an annual Parisian tradition during Design Week!

Editor at Large

Of course you don’t have to wait until next year to SEE FOOTAGE FROM THE FETE – Editor at Large TV was there to cover the event!

For More Photos of this Fete – Visit The Antiques Diva® & Co Facebook Page

Au Revoir!
The Antiques Diva®
(seen below with part of our my Antiques Diva Team)

local expert Paris Diva guides at The Antiques Diva Paris Flea Market Fête

Diva Guide Danielle, my publicist Andrew Joseph, Diva Guide Katie, Diva Guide Jennifer, Diva Guide Debbi, and Diva Guide Susan (our Tuscan Diva)

All Photos are by Spanish Architecture/Interior Photographer José Manuel Alorda – WATCH this SPACE for exciting news on an upcoming project The Antiques Diva & Co is doing with this leading European photographer.

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