Wake up early weekend mornings in Paris, head south to Marche de Vanves.
Bring the kids. (amazing huge new playground right at the market – including massive 15 foot teepee fort!)
Bring euros. Most vendors don’t accept credit cards.
Bring a cheat sheet of numbers if needed – ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty…it can get confusing in french.
Bring a notepad with a pen, so you can ask sellers to write down their price in ordinal numbers, and make it faster and easier for you to understand if needed.
And last, but not least, bring several shoulder shopping tote bags in your purse, that can open and expand into big totes to carry all your new brocante finds.
Flea markets in Paris are such a fabulous adventure – even if you just love to look.
Even if you don’t want to weigh yourself down so heavily with silk lined boxes of enamel handled petite silver, or the most darling little tiny silver sweet service.
Or add to your pretty, feminine collection of Paris porcelain – from perfume bottles to miniature creamers, pitchers.
These are a big favorite back at our shop for bud vases and floral vessels for every kind of party.
And oh – what FUN it is to see every possible style of Cafe au Lait bowls.
So perfect for entertaining in any which way – olives, nuts, sauces, and for dessert – fruit bowls, ice cream bowls, you name it.
I fell in head over heels love with these our first family trip to Paris, when our kitchen was stocked full of these beautifully painted patterned bowls.
Oh the calligraphied porcelain – it’s a must have.
Perfect for florals for wedding parties, showers, you name it.
And don’t worry – even the kids will love the marche – they find such special little treasures, like this silver seal, for their collections at home.
Or giant, huge boxes filled with every possible Smurf in the entire world.
And old toy cars.
And, and, and…
I can’t wait to style this gorgeous emerald pottery in a new holiday photoshoot for the magazine – watch for the issue to launch November 1.
Decide which pieces speak to you.
What you want to take home, to cherish, to use over and over and instantly transport yourself, or your guests, or your party right back to pretty Paris.
Clearly, I love everything I see.
Everything shown here came home with us. We were so laden down with treasures we couldn’t live without, we had to turn around and head home after walking only one third of the marche.
Bags too heavy to even add one more little item into.
Can you even imagine carrying everything shown here?
HEAVY heavy pottery?
This is quite the stash to pack up…almost 100% breakable carry ons…non?