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Antique-shopping: An exercise in nostalgia…

Antique-shopping: An exercise in nostalgia…

Once upon a time, in my *other life,* [the French one,] I loved to go antique hunting.  During field trips to les marchés aux Puces (flea markets) in St. Ouen, Vanves, or Montreuil, or to local brocantes and vide-greniers (garage sale,) I spent hours browsing, rummaging through dusty boxes, scanning shelves for the unique object…

39 Responses to Antique-shopping: An exercise in nostalgia…

  1. Veronique, you have me dreaming about my times in Paris at all those wonderful markets. I dare say it’s one of my favorite pass times! And I’ve been to Snohomish too. Years ago when my husband would have business trips to Seattle, I’d tag along. While he was working, I’d explore the area for antique shops. 😉
    Thanks for taking me along tonight……..Sarah

    • Hello Sarah. How cool is that? You live in Texas and you have visited cute Snohomish, WA? The town has changed a bit since we moved here. Old-fashioned antique shops have had to share top billing with new, fancier, shabby-chic boutiques, but I love them all.

  2. Bon, moi j’ai vu plein de trucs qui feraient bien mon bonheur sur tes photos!
    Est-ce que les prix sont élévés ou pas? Il y a moyen de faire de bonnes affaires selon toi? et as-tu trouvé quelques trésors à ramener?..Une ballade bien agreable en tous cas!La voiture de ta première photo est… bien tentante!!
    Bonne semaine!
    “couillandre”?Dans la Nièvre, on disait “abeurtas”(orthographe non garantie..Ü)

    • Apres avoir visite quelques boutiques de souvenirs a Nice avec toi, je suis certaine que tu trouverais pas mal de choses interessantes dans les magasins de Snohomish, Marie. 🙂 Les prix sont assez eleves, surtout sur les beaux meubles et “vraies” antiquites, mais je crois qu’il est toujours possible de marchander. Si tu viens dans le coin, je sais ce que nous ferons ensemble 🙂

  3. Blog hopping early this morning and found your delightful read. Loved shopping with you as I have a love for the old too. Love the photo of that cat! Would I love to have him for Halloween!!!! Following now and look forward to reading more. Have a wonderful day. ~ Lynn @thevintagnest

    • Welcome Lynn. I knew that cat would find a few takers. I find his face a tad upsetting, don’t you, but I guess that is the point on Halloween night 🙂 Thank you for following my blog. I will visit yours this morning. Come back soon!

  4. Oh, you found my old Peanuts lunch box! I bet the thermos lid is still screwed down super-tight by my mom. That $3 hot dog and drink sounds like a good deal to me.

    Hee hee, you taught me a bad word–your grandmother would be so proud.

  5. we (my brothers and sister) grew up with an extreme appreciation/love for things of yester year, right down to our 67 mustang that we all learned to drive in and still own,well my younger brother does-how that came to pass is still a mystery- living in a city like philadelphia,old stuff is all around -even in the neighborhoods that sprung up away from the city center- i still frequent 2nd hand stores thrift shops and antique stores-flea markets are a rare stop for me – it really is just a timing thing-i love old things and this post as USUAL was a wonderful share of your resources for vintage- that truly looks like some superior vintage shopping-your pics are BEAUTIFUL!have a nice week -until we talk again…….

    • Welcome back, g, my dear friend from Philadelphia. You do live in a beautiful city. Even though I have only visited once, I remember loving the old part of town and all the history there (but that is true of several cities on the East Coast.) I miss the East Coast, in fact. Different vibes, different lifestyle, here on the West Coast. Mmmm… Maybe a trip is in order in 2013. I will start working on that soon. PS: Junior would love to see that 67 Mustang!

    • Bonjour Jeanne. No, you are right, it is not quite les Puces de Vanves, but that is all right. To each country its own vintage goods, culture and history. I do love that little town. It has what so many “towns” lack in American suburbia in my humble opinion, a soul and a real personality. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  6. Veronique, I was thinking of you yesterday when a friend of mine and I made a trip to Pacific Galleries in SODO. Have you been? You can find treasure there, but there’s equal amounts of kitsch and creepy. Which I guess is part of the fun! But I’ll stick to my $12 blue and white porcelain bowl and leave the doll heads (totally creepy!) behind. XO

  7. HA, reminded me of the “Grand Brocante” that Mary drug me to in the 20eme once. We got all the way there and it was street after street of some real junk. I told Mary that French junk looked exactly like American junk. Our favorite item was a bowl of used lipsticks! Yikes.

    Loved your photos especially the portrait of the man on the cell phone. Beautiful light!

  8. Ah Veronique, you are a girl after my own heart..j’adore fossicking around antique markets and vintage shops, I found a wonderful vintage dress last weekend, so nice! but I have to say I have never come across anything quite so bizarre as the 1950’s Electronic shock therapy machine, what the!! and in pink as well haha! Loved the B&W’s, it really is such a fab medium for street shots as you say. Wonderful post and I’m already looking forward to your next adventures.

  9. I enjoyed your tour of antiques in Snohomish – I would like to go there too. My grandfather (paternal) was an antique dealer (real antiques) and my father used to love to go to the auctions aux Ventes aux enchères Drouot in Paris – he brought back some beautiful pieces. In Atlanta there is a monthly huge antique and flea market where I have found some great buys- I always look for vintage postcards. I used to buy bone china tea cups but now I have so many that I should sell them instead of buying more. It’s fun to look though.

    • Merci de ta visite, Vagabonde. Love those vintage postcards, or old photos, too. Easier to store than bulkier items, right? I have never been to les encheres Drouot but I am certain none of the items pictured here would have made it into the venerable Parisian auction house 🙂

  10. Harley Davidson folks are the best.
    This July when in Paris I made it to Port de Vanves because at the local Antique market in Toronto I’ve met very interesting vendors from Montreal who frequent this marche and bring some hunting trophies. Obviously they know better as I didn’t find anything remotely as interesting. Alas..

    • Hello Natalie! Your Toronto vendors know their antiques indeed: Professional dealers visit les Puces Porte de Vanves more often than the other Parisian markets. They arrive early in the morning before tourists and the general public show up– or so I have heard. By the time I usually got there (it’s a bit out of the way as you know,) the selection was often “hit and miss.” 🙂

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