Come Flea with Shorehouse Chic!

Bonjour mes amies! It’s Laura from Shorehouse chic. Fifi has generously invited me to take you shopping at the famous Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt. And anyone who knows me knows I’m game for a flea market trip!

Paris was the first “big girl” trip I took by myself (with a friend joining me for the weekend, then leaving me solo week for the week). Of course, I wanted to go to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame…but I really, really wanted to go to the flea markets! I was living without roommates for the first time and my dream was to scour Paris for trinkets and antiquities for my Pad du Bachelorette. All on a very wee tiny budget.

I was particularly hooked - nay; obsessed - with finding a set of French kitchen canisters, and more obsessed with finding them at the grand Clignancourt. You know…the, café, poivre, etc….so my (itty bitty) kitchen would look tres chic. “My, what cute canisters,” visitors would say. “Oh those little things? I picked them up in Paris.” Then I’d sort of dismiss it with a bat of my eyelids, a la Audrey Hepburn.

Painting: The marché aux puces, Porte de Clignancourt, by Luigi Loir.
Armed only with visions of canisters, some expendable francs (ahh…francs. Those were the days!) to seal the deal, and some tres horrible French, I hailed a taxi on my second day in Paris. In my best possible French I asked to please take me to the really big flea market.

In (miffed) English, the driver: “Lady, there are many flea markets in Paris.”

“And there are many taxis. Shall I find another or are we going to St-Ouen?”

Touché. Score one for American Girl in Paris. My fabulous friend Jean Martha over at Renovation Therapy just returned from Paris and has graciously offered to join our tour. Merci, mon ami Jean Martha!

No matter what part of the world you are in, flea markets can be overwhelming and this one is NO exception. At last estimate there were close to 3,000 vendors jammed on streets, in alleys, under tents and in storefronts offering everything from tube socks to Louis XVI antiques. I would recommend getting in the center of things where the organized tents and table are lined up, but some of the quaint shops lining the alleys have the best (re: pricy!) eye candy…



Photo: Renovation Therapy.
How do I love this Bordeaux rack? Let me count the ways…

Photo: Renovation Therapy.
These linens are affordable, but no vendor in sight! That’s another thing you’ll need to keep in mind…you may find what you want, but no one to actually sell it to you. :-)

Photo: Renovation Therapy.
Jean Martha has mentioned that the prices are not what they used to be…le sigh…making things as simple and beautiful as this lace out of our price range these days…

Photo: Renovation Therapy.
“Back in the day” look at the fabulous chandelier Jean Martha landed – pre-Euro, and pre-devalued dollar – for $125 US!
Photo: Renovation Therapy.
She cleaned it up extensively, but my oh my was it worth it.

And what about me? You must be wondering by now whatever happened to me in my canister quest! Well, “back in the day” I scored these fabulous beauties that have moved with me from apartment to apartment, and now to the shorehouse:


Naturally, within two weeks of first moving in with Mr. Shorehouse, he accidentally sent “the” flying across the kitchen. The glue wasn’t the only thing that was “crazy” after that episode. She fixed up OK, all things considered.

Thank you for joining us at le grand flea! Phew…I’m exhausted. Let’s stop for a crepe before we leave Clignancourt, shall we? _________________________________________________________
Ooooh YUMMY... I'm sorry I missed out on those crepes... I was outdoors painting Paris... I can never get enough of painting Paris! I even painted your cannisters outside on a friend's balcony...

and these lovely flowers outside The Paris Apartment...
and these too...
Ooooh what a glorious EARTH DAY outdoors with Laura of Shorehouse Chic and thanks to her blogging for moi... I can VIRTUALLY roam around Paris with a paint brush... MERCI BEAUCOUP LAURA!!!
Paintings in this post are AVAILABLE... and to see more paintings visit My Paintings du Jour and My Etsy Shop!
Tomorrow Rue of Rue's Peanut Butter and Jelly Life invites me to a cafe with her!
BUT... for NOW... don't forget to visit other OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY PARTICIPANTS... and HAPPY EARTH DAY!

33 comments:

Petunia said...

Dearest Fifi:

Earth Day is one of my most favorite holidays! Really, without the earth as my stage, where would I be? *giggle*

And where would those lovely flea markets be? Floating around in space somewhere, I suppose. It would certainly make shopping most difficult!

All is just lovely here today, Fifi. The photographs, your paintings... all very nice.

Sincerely,
Peunia who is hoping everyone is doing everything they can to keep her stage fabulous!

Linda/"Mom" said...

* How fabulous~~~ I enjoyed "the experience" IMMENSELY!!! And what a joy for you (and us!) to have been blessed with such UBER DELIGHTFUL talent!!! Thank you!!! Linda in AZ *

Smilingsal said...

Beautiful pictures. Happy Earth Day and Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Renae said...

Mmmm I'm with you, those crepes look divine. Of course I love all the fleurs! Great paintings.
Blessings.

TRES BELLE said...

Great road trip. Loved the Flea Market and of course your paintings.

Kris

ellen b said...

What a fun little trip away with you here today! Happy O.W. to you!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Thanks for the adventure, loved the art work.
Sue

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Look at my little canisters...all gussied up a la Fifi! :-) SO COOL!! Thank you so much for inviting me to do this...I've had a fun trip to the marches aux puces with you!! :-)

Merci!
Laura @ the shorehouse

amariaf2000 said...

LOVING your paintings today!!
~angela @ peonypatch

Renovation Therapy said...

Great post and thanks for using my pictures, so much fun to see them over here!

I made a bastardized crepe w/ Nutella & Banana last night. Le sigh...

Amy said...

Oh my gosh, flea market in Paris...how heavenly is that? Your artwork is just charming. Great post! Amy :)

j.cro said...

What a lovely little respite from this rainy day. *sigh*

Sabina said...

Oh you lucky girl!!

Happy Earth Day!!

:)

Chandy said...

Lovely pictures, Fifi! Great choice for today's OW! Awesome paintings!

Char said...

charming as always..and thifting is the new very chic thing to do.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Delightful post to read on a dreary drizzly day at the Jersey Shore! It made me want to go back to Paris to shop and of course enjoy a crepe.
♥, Susan

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

What fun to go visiting flea markets. Lovely paintings. I am going to miss Paris when you all Virtually come home. :)

Kwana said...

Loved the artwork and going to the flea market with Laura. That is all I wanted to do on my trip to Paris.

JudyBug said...

Love the pics. The canisters are wonderful. I know you enjoy them and the memories they bring to mind.
JudyBug

Jersey Girl in DC said...

Love everything, but especially that chandelier! And the paintings are fabulous as always :)

KayEllen said...

Beautiful!!!

Smiles,
K

~CC Catherine said...

Bonjour Ms Parisian Flea Mkt Focused Fifi! ;) I loved the trip...and as always, your paintings are "Francais & Chic"~ ;) ~CC Catherine

KayC. said...

Love the field trip and the market.
Great pictures and art work.

Rue said...

Wonderful post Laura! Isn't this fun?! Heading over to see you after I catch up with Fifi :)

xo,
rue

Brillante Home Decor said...

Love flea markets in general and the Clignancourt one (in my 10 days in Paris) was like being in heaven. Thanks for the memories.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Fifi and Laura,

Always fun to check out a flea market and your post made me want to be there.
The old linen and laces, so pretty.
Your canisters are lovely.

Hugs
Carolyn

sunnymama said...

The flea market looks so much fun and you found some lovely things to photograph! A fascinating post :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Loved this post from Laura and you, Fifi!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I loved Laura's post...she 's adorable. Did she buy the painting, FiFi? Off to check your ETSY shop to see

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Laura and Fifi,
This is such a great post! I can't believe I was actually in Paris and didn't know about this flea market.

I'm gonna research it before I go back!
:) Diane

curtissann said...

What a delight! My heart fluttered at the linens--so sorry no one there to sell them! Ah, but so much eye-candy. Thanks for sharing.

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

Oh, that must have been a great trip..., and by yourself too! One of my big girl alone trip was London for a week, not the same as Paris, but pretty cool.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Sorry I am late getting around to visit... I hope you had a Happy Outdoor Wednesday....and that you will participate again soon! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

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