Stumbled upon this beautiful book by Emily Chalmers about Flea Market Style. That's what lazy Sunday afternoons are for - reading beautiful coffee table books and making resolutions to march forward and explore. With Emily's inspiration, I decided to check out Paris' famous flea markets, well at least one of them. I'm not a big fan of ridiculous crowds, so skipped out on the huge Markets of St-Ouen and decided on Puces de Vanves instead.
Puces de Vanves is open every Saturday and Sunday and has about 380 merchants who sell all sorts of things: Art Deco from the twenties and thirties, sixties collectibles, lace, old textiles, African and Oriental art. My favorite were the vintage books and album covers. One of the vendors here is famous for his collection of beautiful buttons. Not that I sew. They had wonderful selections of children's books and old comics. Great movie posters and magazines. There were a couple of musicians playing a 19th century piano. Great atmosphere!
Of course, the long-standing rules of flea market shopping apply here as to any other flea markets. Get there early, have cash in small denominations and look over each item you buy carefully. In our global village, it's difficult to find unique items that don't cost a fortune. Drop by your local flea market and see what hidden treasures you find. The hustle and bustle makes for a fun and creative weekend.