Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sunny Sundays ... Porte de Vanves

My favourite Sundays in Paris are strolling through early morning flea markets, hoping to unearth something wonderful!  I love the thrill of getting there and not knowing if you are likely to find anything at all!  And the most enjoyable of these are the smaller and more casual brocante markets you find in the suburbs; where items are available are less reliable, but the prices are better and there can be some very interesting things to see.

One of my favourite is Porte de Vanves, on a prettily shaded and tree-lined street, in what feels like the middle of suburbia in Paris' south west.

Me ... on the hunt ... in my favourite market!  You can't tell but that bag is already very heavy loaded with a service of silver cutlery!

The stalls can be very specific - antique linens, silverware, antique and vintage toys, 35mm cameras, china, house number plaques, vintage posters, war memorabilia and more.  And there are lots of stalls that have a mix of it all!

Hunting around in unlikely boxes it's amazing what you can find.  Like these hand stitched, unused kid leather gloves from 1900.

And inevitably there are the stories of the 'one that got away'.  This set of pretty embossed blotter and desk items from the 18th century, was bought and paid for whilst I was looking at it!

What do I see?  I love the shapes colours and textures of all these wonderful items that have their own story.

And after you have bargained a great price - don't forget that you have to somehow get your purchases home!

My bargain metal light fixture  ... will update you in how it turns out once it arrives in Australia!

Happy brocante-ing!

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