My passion, after my family of course, is Treasure Hunting. The simple beauty of things from by-gone eras have always spoken to me. Whether these treasures are found at a flea market, fine antique store, estate sale, thrift shop, or in the family attic, surprises abound.
As an interior designer, I believe it is vital to balance your decor by including found and family treasures. Surrounding yourself with things you love should always be the goal, from there you will find your true style.
As I shop, I may have a client in mind or I may want to resell at our french flea market or in my shop. I am lucky to have several outlets for my treasures including my own home! I plan to share my searching, hunting, travels, and treasures with you and encourage you to enjoy adding your treasures to your home.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Best Kept Secret Brocante in Paris

I have a folder on my laptop titled "Paris" and anytime I read something that sounded interesting and unique about the city of lights, I'd copy and paste it into my someday Paris folder. The reason I share this is about a year ago I read a short little something about this great vintage shop in an obscure Paris neighborhood- pasted it into my folder and forgot about it. I recently printed my folder contents for my French buying trip and there it was... l'objet qui parle... I added it to my "must do" list.
So, off we went this morning on the Paris Metro, changing lines 3 times (like pros I must say, thanks to my husband) to get to our final destination, the Montmartre district and promise of this fabulous brocante.  After all of the effort we thought we had struck out as upon our arrival he was closed. After an espresso at a nearby bistro in the shadows of Sacre Coeur, we tried once again and were in luck!
The man with the great eye who owns this gem of a shop, Guillaume, has been in business for several years. The trick, so I understand, is to find the shop open, as the hours are "flexible" and he does close for periods of time while he gathers more treasures. I was very happy to find the shop open and even happier once I stepped inside.
The only bad thing about this find was I had to keep very mindful of my shipping options and of course costs. To say I left some treasures behind is an understatement indeed. So much to look at...
Piles of dishes, bits & pieces of transferware and majolica, vintage bistro ware & classic English china.

A charming vignette set in a cupboard featuring German and Swiss black forest items.


The amazing antique convex glass frames, mirrors and superb antler trophy mounts. 

                         
I picked up several unique items from Guilluame and made a new friend in the process. I took a very quick mini loot shoot on our balcony this evening for you.
When I come to Paris next, this shop will definitely be on my "must do" list. I hope that if you travel to Paris you will visit it as well. Just let me know if you would like further information on this out of the way treasure for your next trip. 
Our French adventure continues... wish me happy treasure hunting!


5 comments:

  1. 1) Great idea keeping a folder on your laptop - going to do that starting with this post.
    2) What a great little shop - one of the things I love about Paris are all the little shops hidden away.
    3) Love that postal sac - what are you going to do with it?

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    1. Thanks Heather- glad you like the folder idea. I Love the little hidden gem shops too- I cannot get enough of them here. As for the postal sac, this is the second one this trip, and I am not sure if I am going to sell them as-is or make something with them ie pillows, dog beds, cover outside furniture cushions or maybe upholster a bench?? So many choices!?!

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    2. Can you tell me how to find this shop once I'm in Montmartre? I'm in Paris now. Thanks

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    3. Hi Wendi- Sure... l'object is located at 86 Rue Des Martyrs 75018
      His hours are random so I hope you find him open. Would love to know what you find. Keep in mind this is a TINY, unique shop so keep an open mind and look carefully! Enjoy your trip. ~Jen

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  2. Bonjour!
    Your shopping without us!! Looks like a great shop Jen. I'm taking notes for next time :)
    Happy hunting!
    Sarah

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