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Best Finds at Paris Flea Markets

Dear Diva Readers,

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Danielle says that anything Art Nouveau is a great find at the Paris Flea Market. She often spots crystal and glass pieces including Baccarat, and porcelain Saint-Louis dining sets. She also says that classic French 18th and 19th-century furniture is a great buy right now as prices are very low. But she warns that while there are some stunning French mid-century modern pieces available, be prepared to pay a bit more money for them.

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Diva Guide Debbie advises that if you’re looking for items you can pack and take home with you, artwork and linens are smart things to shop for. If you’re planning to ship a container overseas, armoires are a steal right now. Often times the bigger the piece, the better the price so keep that in mind. She also says that Paris flea markets offer beautiful lighting options.

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As a lover of vintage Chanel and high-fashion brands, Diva Guide Jennifer is always finding the best vintage Chanel jewelry and little French pieces that can be made into jewelry. She also comes across vintage Louis Vuitton trunks and vintage Hermès scarves. Beyond vintage fashion, Jennifer also suggests keeping an eye out for Pastis water pitchers, antique seltzer bottles (what a perfect piece for the home bar!), vintage fabrics and vintage posters or prints.

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Dive Guide Katie thinks that the best thing about the Paris flea market is that it is just so eclectic and you can find absolutely everything there. She also says that meeting specialists and people so incredibly passionate about what they’re selling is a huge benefit of shopping Paris flea markets.

As for me, I think the best Paris flea market finds are crystal-laden chandeliers. Bedside tables, Taxidermy & Horns, Vintage postcards, gorgeous French linens, not to forget canapés, fauteuils and seats of all shapes and styles!

If you’d like to take an Antiques Diva & Co Buying Tour of the Paris Flea Markets email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com.

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

Antiques Fair at St Sulpice, Paris

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Shopping in the Shadow of the Tour Eiffel

Dear Diva Readers,

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And while this Antique Market is only on for a week, don’t forget that the famed Paris Flea Market in St Ouen is on every weekend!!!   Baron’s has recently posted an excellent article calledA Guide to Merchants at the Paris Flea Market”, sharing their top picks!  The article is a good resource if shoppers want to shop the market without a Diva on their arm – but don’t forget, for those of you who would like to shop hand-in-white-glove-hand with one of 4 great Paris-based Antiques Diva Guides don’t forget to reserve your summer Paris flea market tour!  

tours/france/” target=”_blank”>The Antiques Diva® popular 1 Day Paris Tour will take you by the arm, starting the day at “The Other Paris Flea Market”, visiting Porte de Vanves to pick up some perfectly-packable treasures and then just as your stomach starts to grumble we’ll stop for a typical brasserie lunch in a restaurant crowded with locals.   After a bite to eat, we hop on the metro and head to the pièce de la résistance, the famed Puce de Paris St Ouen – but this isn’t a typical flea market filled with makeshift tents.  Instead, it’s well-organized permanent structures housing millions of euro of inventory complete with 13 districts, 2,000 vendors and 7 miles of alleyways! It’s easy for one to get lost in the maze of alleyways and streets, but with The Antiques Diva® Guides by your side, we’ll weave into nooks and crannies you’d never find on your own, introducing you to our favorite vendors, and showing you the hottest items in the market today – plus pointing out a few frauds! While we stop often on tour for coffee breaks as needed to give your feet a break, at the end of the day it’s time to stop yet again – this time for a parting coup de champagne or vin! 

Our tours were recently mentioned in a variety of summer travel sources – including a great article in Independent Traveler on 8 Tours for People who Don’t Like Tours as well as Travel + Leisure’s website listing of 134 Things to do in Paris!

Bonne Shopping,
The Antiques Diva®  (seen below shopping with one of my Paris Diva Guides – Kim)

The 10 Commandments of Flea Marketing at Chatou

Dear Diva Readers,

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Because their version is only available tou.sncao-syndicat.com/les-dix-commandements-du-chineur-a-la-brocante-de-chatou/53a42529-ec2e-4236-8113-82ee26ea9631.aspx” target=”_blank”>in French, I thought I’d provide you with a rough translation (and a few ad libs) to let you know what the French fair coordinators have to say about what to do – or more importantly what not to do – when shopping this National French Fair of the Flea Market and Ham.  Now that’s what I call the inside scoop à la française!

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1) Se lever tôt et venir en semaine.  Get up early and shop during the week (to avoid the crowds).

2) Ne pas hésiter à revenir souvent: la marchandise se renouvelle pendant la durée de la Foire.
Don’t visit the fair just once; return often as many vendors put out new inventory as the fair passes by.

3) Avoir l’oeil vif et la curiosité en éveil.
Shop with a keen eye – ask questions and let your curiosity be aroused by all the treasures Chatou holds!

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4)  Prendre son temps: fouiner, chiner, chercher inlassablement pour dénicher la pièce unique. Take your time to snoop, digging thru the piles.  If you seek tirelessly from vendor to vendor, you’ll be rewarded with finding that oh-so-unique piece!

5)  Montrer que l’objet ou le meuble vous intéresse.
Tell the vendor what you’re interested in – show them the items in their stall you like.

6)  Discuter gentiment, personne ne doit perdre la face.
When negotiating, be nice.  No one should “lose face” during the discussions.

7) Rester courtois, pas d’offre ridicule ou de capitulation honteuse.
This point is so important that the fair coordinators make it twice – “Remain polite, don’t ask for ridiculous or even insulting negotiations.

8) Ne pas dénigrer la marchandise, le brocanteur connaît les défauts de ce qu’il propose et ajuste son prix en conséquence, donc il faut savoir doser habilement ses réticences.
Do not disparage the inventory – the dealer is already aware of his inventories defects and has probably already adjusted its prices accordingly.  While asking for a discount is always expected at the market, you need to know “how to balance a vendor’s reluctance skillfully”.

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9) Faire appel aux experts présents pendant toute la durée de la Foire en cas de litige.
The fair has experts on hand to evaluate and give estimates on inventory at the fair, should you need an outsider’s opinion, get the experts to give their advice. 

10) La rigueur n’est pas de règle, c’est la loi de l’offre et de la demande et celle de la mode. Le prix est basé sur la qualité et la rareté de l’objet. Aussi faut-il beaucoup regarder, questionner, marchander, savoir dire non et quitter avec gentillesse, ne pas se presser.
Price is based on any number things – from supply & demand to fashion.  The antiques are priced based upon their quality and the rarity of the object for sale. Check prices from stall to stall, ask the vendor questions about the piece, always haggle and if the price isn’t interesting to you thank the vendor for his time and carry on shopping les puce!

Bonne Shopping,

The Antiques Diva
(Seen below last March with my Chatou steal – I paid only 150E for this giant antique mirror!)

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Do It Yourself Diva – Eiffel Tower Shower Hooks

Dear Diva Readers,

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Now that’s what I call a Diva Idea for decorating your bathroom!   

The Antiques Diva®

(seen below with Saxon Henry and Patty Otis Abel last year, “Doing the Paris Puce”)

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