As a child I adored spending time with my grandparents. One of my favorite pastimes was going through my grandmother’s jewelry box and searching for treasures. Plastic or pearl, rhinestone or diamond, it really didn’t matter. The fun was the search. Finding two earrings that matched. Finding a brooch in the shape of a peanut. It was all good. Well, my pleasure for hunting for treasures has never diminished – I love antique stores, thrift stores, and flea markets. I could spend hours digging through old crates looking for something that has just the right shape and color to suit my fancy. Which leads me to my favorite flea market in Paris: Le marché aux Puces de Vanves (in the 14th)*. For me it is the right mix of good antiques and junk that keeps me on my toes. There are enough dusty old crates that I feel if I search long enough I just might find a hidden Van Gogh. The flea market stretches along two streets with vendor after vendor selling their wares. You can find anything: dachshund shaped knife rests, a computer mouse without the cord, a beautiful oil painting, or turn of the century furniture. Whatever your price point and whatever your taste, you are sure to walk away with something.
*Ave Marc Sangnier & Ave Georges Lafenstre, 14th Paris; Metro Porte de Vanves; Open Saturday & Sunday 7am to 1pm