Monday, March 29, 2010

Giveaway: The Flea Markets of France

Spring is here and the flea markets are in full bloom!

Where I live, there are flea markets all year round: the historic Eastern Market on DC's Capitol Hill, Georgetown Flea on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown, are two of my favorites. But the spring brings even more vendors and more lovely things to look at.

At the flea markets, marche aux puces in French, you can find everything from vintage linens and hotel silver to architectural elements, and all things practical and whimsical.

To celebrate spring and the return of the marche aux puces I'm hosting a giveaway! This lovely little book, The Flea Markets of France, might be one to add to your collection. J'adore the cover, and you can preview the book here.

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is share you favorite flea market story or write about your best flea market find. The winner will be announced on Friday. But even if you don't want to enter because you don't need another book on your shelf, please share your favorite flea market find!

9 comments:

  1. I don't need another book, although it looks lovely and terribly tempting. Do garage/yard sales count as flea markets? We don't have proper flea markets around here, but I am a veteran yard saler. My best finds to date are my cordless Makita drill and a lovely old steamer trunk in excellent condition.

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  2. Oh man, I would LOVE to have this book.

    I will never forget my first Paris flea market...but I think my best find...oh I can't do it...it's a toss up between by big bolster pillow, my curtain tie backs or my heavy, huge copper pot...all from Vanves... I am a stalker- for example, my copper pot was marked 90 E and I wanted it for 60, I must have gone back to the booth three times, charming M. with my eager French... he finally gave in and it hangs above me now on my copper rack.
    You should have seen me pulling my pousette overflowing and carrying that huge pot... manuvering the metro... what a sight!!!

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  3. My favorite Flea Market lies just outside of suburban Montreal in Hudson, Quebec: Finnegan's Flea market is open throughout the warm weather months and is absolutely wonderful. I was fortunate enough to find an antique blue and white Transferware pitcher. I use it for flowers, for syrup on pancake Sundays, for milk on cereal, and it always takes me back to that sunny Sunday morning in Montreal.

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  4. Oh, I was so bummed out because when I first saw this post a few days ago, I couldn't think of a single flea market I'd even been to in my life ... but then you posted about knives, and lo, that is the one thing I've bought at a flea market! And the sad part is, we have a monthly French-style flea market (called the Sweet William Market) five months of the year, in the park two blocks from my house. What a ding-dong I am. Anyway, so three years ago, I was walking to the grocery store by way of the flea market and saw a set of six antique steak knives with bone handles. As a young adult, I was a vegetarian for many years and had no need for steak knives, and that was one of the items in our household we still didn't have even years after I returned to the dark side. They are beautiful and unique knives. And that is my favorite, not to mention only, flea market story. I regret having no flea market stories from France ... though I did go to a Christmas market in Aix-en-Provence and bought a slew of santons ....

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  5. It's my dream to visit a French flea market and actually bring something home. A quick visit to the marché aux puces at Clignancourt 3 years ago during our last hours in Paris whet my appetite for more. That's my only French flea market experience. Sigh.

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  6. Thank you for offering us this lovely contest! My favorite flea market find was a black clutch purses--I collect clutches--with delicate beading. It came in its original green box, circa 1960, which I love almost as much as the purse!

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  7. A,
    I love the flea market! Its odd combinations of exotic smells (from the musty woods of the furniture to the perfumes of the person next to you) greet me at the entrance. Vendor's colorful voices pepper the atmosphere with the promises of unforgettable treasures collected from far and wide. As my own eyes light upon each stall, I take my time waiting for the right ambience of delicate bric-a-brac to call out to me like a becon. Will I find a dress, a painting, a well loved chair? Who knows, and the unknown adds to the excitement of the hunt. A softly lit stall covered in draperies all manners of exotic, is too irresistible a lure for me. I slowly enter the stall, my eyes momentarily pausing upon objects placed at various heights. I pick up a heavy crystal vase, but return it as I know in an instant it is not for me. I look up and see an exquisite chandelier-but again, not what I really want. Ahhh...there it is...the search has been worth it! Beneath a stack of heavenly silks, I find a woven basket containing pillow cases of different shapes and sizes. Each one is more beautiful than the next, but my hands still as I gaze upon two non-matching (but harmonious), royal blue silk pillow cases interwoven with golden threads. My heart has been stolen! The dealer who smiled at me when I entered his stall has sensed the piercing of cupid's arrow, and he draws nearer. We begin a connoisseur's discussion on the attributes of each pillow case, when he shyly admits they are his own handiwork. I continue to grant him open admiration for his artistry. This day, though I didn't know it, luck was on my side, for when I brokenheartedly discovered I didn't have enough money to pay for both pillow cases, he gifts me the second one!!! I take home my treasure, a song in my heart and my imagination running wild with ideas of all of the different places are possible homes for my new prizes.

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  8. I know I'm late but I wanted to share- last year (?) I found an old US map at Eastern Market. I've since matted it on cork and stuck pins in it to mark trips. I really like the soft muted colors, that same states didn't even "exist" yet and the general old look of the paper. I'm on the hunt for a similarly sized/aged world map to complete the collection.

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  9. oh- I love your giveaways but I can't deal with another thing to unpack right now, so please don't enter me in the drawing.

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