Tuesday, 5 May 2009

A Bric-a-Brac Day....

















One rainy Sunday in Paris, a group of girls on holiday headed out to the markets at Vanves - the Puces aux Vanves - in search of fun and adventure. They started off with a quick pit stop at a local cafe for a cafe creme to get themselves revved up for what lay ahead. The market was busy even though it was a grey old day - filled to the brim with collectors looking for some treasure. And oh, what treasure was to be found. Beautiful silver cutlery, lacy linens, vintage buttons, lamps, chairs and bits and bobs of varying size, colour and shape. They stopped for a crepe with sucre and citron (or two or three!!!) as they weaved their way around the stalls. One avid collector amongst them filled their very deep bag full of gorgeous finds to be shipped back to Australia. Happy and shopped out, they headed home - satisfied to have seen some living Paris culture in action...

20 comments:

Chantelle said...

How I wish I was there. I would have snapped that chandelir right up!

I can't wait to see your finds. x

smileybella said...

Ahhh. Sends me back. Wonderful.

Amanda said...

What a great tale! Sounds like the most fabulous day ever. Le sigh.

x Amanda

lily-g said...

I'm so jealous, green with envy, so want to fill my bag with all of these wonderful treasures, oh well, back to work tomorrow :(
Keep having fun xx

Catherine@Simply Natural said...

Such bliss! I am so enjoying your posts.

Porchlight Interiors said...

Looks fabulous! Definitely on my list of things to do is to visit the Paris markets (and buy lots)! Tracey xx

Kimberlee said...

Jealous is not a strong enough word for how I feel right now Shannon - but thank you so much for sharing, stunning x

Karen Anderson said...

how fantastic ... love that chair with the fabric samples ... just the photography prop i am looking for ! :)

louise and nivaldo de lima said...

Markets are the best. My favourite thing in the world. I'm off to Portobello market now. I go every Friday.

Sue-Anne said...

I love rummaging through a market. This one looks especially fruitful.

Natalie Walton said...

Loving your Paris posts. Ahhh, brings back the memories. Must get back. x

Primrose said...

Yes, as others have commented, it brings back such lovely memories. Hope you are coping with the language. I was so awkward all the time with my very bad French. Luckily the French have a beautiful sense of humour and were all wonderful to me. Sigh, I miss the markets. I treaure all my little French finds. The vintage magazines, even the glass touristy Paris Pink shaker.

Shannon Fricke said...

Yes, my language skills are limited and they do all speak such perfect English! However, I have bumbled along and the locals have been so gracious in allowing me some practice! Oh Paris! Such a divine place.

Primrose said...

So lovely to hear from you personally then. I was just reading an old magazine I had kept with a feature of you and your lovely children in your Watsons Bay fishermans cottage. Happy belated Mothers Day to you. Safe journeys! x

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

What a beautiful holiday you are having! And that room in Switzerland looks divine too. Enjoy Paris, your photos of the flea make me wish I was there!

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

My kinda day! My husband was totally baffled that we traveled all the way to Paris and I wanted to spend a day at the flea market--it was heaven and some of my favorite collectibles are from that little excursion.

Thanks for sharing. I'm loving your pics from Paris.

magikquilter said...

ooh i am going green with envy

its really good to read about your trip....enjoy!

Inside Out said...

What a nice photo collage of the markets, Shannon. Did you go to the vintage button stall? That one is my favourite. And the man who runs it is very sweet.
Glad you are having such a lovely time. It's nice to be able to read about it. Your posts are great digital postcards.
Lee Tran

Jessica said...

This looks like so much fun!

nadine said...

This looks like so much fun. Wish I was there rummaging through those stalls. I bet you found many treasures.