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Monday, July 2, 2012

Queen of the Fleas!



When I say "Queen of the Fleas" I'm not referring to myself [ too bad!] but rather to the most outrageous flea market in Paris or any other place , for that matter.  Of course,  I mean 
de Clignancourt


With nearly 3000 stalls there is something for everyone, and indeed, the occasional bargain.



Overall,prices are cheaper out in the provinces, but for sheer eye candy and breath-taking antique decor ideas,



Les Puces is like a real-life walk through one of my Pinterest boards!





I certainly wouldn't want to live in some of these rooms, but



I marvel at the styling and mise en scène, especially knowing that everything is for sale



...well, almost everything. Although, that adorable man certainly looks like he's part of the styling!


Now wouldn't BooBoo love this!!




well-styled vignettes  


look at the old machinery parts mounted as sculptures




If I owned a petit château in France, I'd have bought these oeil-de-boeuf mirrors.  Oh, that, and if I were a millionaire.



But of all the stalls, my very favorite is owned by antiques dealer

Elsa Halfen



coming to Elsa Halfen's booth is like stepping into the pages of The New Eighteenth-Century Home




Her taste is impeccable, and her styling is classy, with that quirky French touch that we love so much 


My photos just don't do her styling justice.  I was enjoying talking to her so much that I wasn't paying attention to camera settings!!!



You can find Elsa at the 

Marché Paul Bert
Stand 121- Allée 2

Do go and see her!
And tell her I said "Bonjour"!


à la prochaine,
dawne

32 comments:

  1. I love les puces ....it's a real experience! What fun to read about yours!

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    1. Experience, YES! But affording any of this stuff is not in our script right now! I'll bet you get wonderful buys down where you are! :0
      So glad you're back in France!
      xx

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  2. DAWNE DARLIN'!!!!!!!!MA BELLE!

    I am in the process at this moment of steaming off some OLD WALL PAPER and PAINT from my studio walls. My goal is to get this room painted white with GRAY DOORS and windows. I want THIS LOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OK, did you already have your Paris trip? IS THIS A CURRENT VISIT????

    I have got to get back over there. It has been 10 years since my last trip and PARIS IS THE PLACE. Each room here is LIKE A PINTEREST BOARD OF YOURS!!!!!! Love it all and that petit vieux is so adorable!

    THANK YOU FOR COMING TO VISIT ME TODAY! Poetry in motion for sure....he loves me and that is how he shows it....I need to remember the five languages of love and to remember that other people speak different "dialects" (metaphorically speaking here) than myself....so if I wear my heart on my sleeve, it doesn't mean every one else will....WHEN WILL I GET THE LESSON?!


    Back to those walls in 100 degree temps today! LOVE TO YOU DEAREST! Anita

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    1. Yes, Anita, we had a wonderful Sunday School class for adults on this, and I told everyone how the way Deano says he loves me is to bring me a load of manure...for the garden, of course!!!

      Can't wait to see pix of the new room!
      xx

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  3. That is a lot of WOW. My favorite item was the little iron horse in foreground.

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    1. Yes, Mary, WOW indeed!!! And I think I'm partial to the urns filled with oddities. In fact, I came home and did the same, minus the coral, which I don't have...but I do have antlers!!!

      have a lovely weekend!
      xx

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  4. Hi Dawne,
    I went to Clignancourt on our last Paris trip. It is wonderful, eclectic, big and way way out of my price range. I do think some of their prices are a bit unrealistic, but they somehow survive. There must be people out there rich enough to buy!
    Beautiful gallery as usual Dawne, you have captured it beautifully!
    Have a great week!
    Di
    X

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    1. Ooo. did you see Elsa's stall? I'm thinking we won't get there this trip, but def in November. And Di, did I read that you're in Antwerp now? I'm going to try to meet up with Robyn...wish you could be there, too ;/
      Happy week to you,
      xx

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  5. Hello Dawne

    What a feast for the eyes. How beautifully arranged the stalls are. Thank you for sharing.

    Truly beautiful
    Helen xx

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    1. Thank you, Helen. Yes, i often wonder if they hire a stylist to arrange their antiques. I know Elsa doesn't, but some of those rooms...
      Have a beautiful week,
      xx

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  6. Wonderful post of Paris. Makes you want to jump on a jet and fly out just for the flea market.

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    1. ...and makes you want to own a home in France to put those antiques!!! But I'm happy , for now, just looking!
      have a happy 4th!
      xx

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  7. What a great shop darling !!!...love all the things you show us today........love flea.....happy summer week...love Ria...xxx.....

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    1. Thanks, Ria. I know you love beautiful things. I want to see more pictures of your beautiful shop!!!
      have a happy week!
      xx

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  8. What a fabulous place, chere amie...and that stylishly cute monsieur does look like a part of the mise en scene!
    Bisous,
    - Irina

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    1. Oh, Irina, wasn't he precious?? I did a double-take when I saw him!! I really thought he was part of the scene!!
      have a wonderful 4th!
      xx

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  9. So did I!! Perhaps I will try to sketch him.. ;)
    Thank you so much for your visit, dear friend...
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday!
    Bises,
    - Irina

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    1. Sketch him??? Oh , how fabulous, Irina!!! be sure to post it! I would love to see your work!!
      xx

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  10. Merci for taking me to one of my favourite spots on earth ~ how I wish I were there now!
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Nathalie

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    1. Oh, Nathalie, you love it, too!!! We leave for France on Tuesday, but I fear I won't make it this trip, as we are heading out of Paris on the weekend for the countryside. But I will certainly be looking for a Brocante and antique shops! I wonder what you have purchased at les Puces! Would love to see it!
      xxThanks for the visit :)

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  11. GREAT POST:)
    Your blog is so wonderful and Im following...I hope you follow me also:)

    If you want some cute swedish decor inspiration...check out my new post:)

    Have a great weekend

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (sweden)

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    1. Thank you so much, Maria!!! I did go over to your lovely blog, but I couldn't find the "follow" place!!! I tell you, since Google has taken over my server NOTHING is the same on blogs for me. You should see what I have to go through just to leave a reply on my own blog here! I'm off to France now, but I will try again when I return. And thank you for following!
      xx

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  12. Dawne,
    Wouldn't that be fun to walk through all the stalls in this flea market? I love flea markets too, and I always find goodies to take home with me. The picture of the lady in your favorite stall is gorgeous. This makes me want to go shopping hehe. I hope you are having a nice summer.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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    1. Well, Sheri, we were there for a whole day, and I doubt we did see it all!! I did buy one little bibelot out in the "low rent district", but the inside was strictly for idea gathering. And yes, I agree, that is a beautiful painting.
      Thanks so much for coming by!
      xx

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  13. Thank you so much, dear friend, for coming by chez moi!
    I, too, love that photo...and he looks like your precious son? :))
    Wondering if you are enjoying the sights yet ;)
    Love to you,
    - Irina

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  14. HI DAWNE!!!
    I went to a flea market while in PARIS...it was HUGE...took up several streets.....we covered maybe half of it.....I bought a vintage necklace....I will have to blog about that one day......but your pics are amazing...it was COLD and Rainy the day we went.....we spent about 4 hours there.......I loved it except I was freezing.....US Arizona desert SW girls are not use to COLD and Rain!!!!
    I love the feel of these rooms...I too could buy it all!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  15. I really love the style of these antique and gorgeous pieces that tell a story, each one. So glad to find your blog!
    xo
    Sharon

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  16. Salut Dawne...you must be home by now!!!! How was the chateau?

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  17. Lovely blog and beautiful photographs! I'm your newest follower.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  18. I just saw your interesting blog and read the article about the Flea Market.I was not expecting to see my name and so many compliments about my booth. Thank you so much and hope to see you very soon.
    Elsa Halfen

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  19. Such amazing eye candy...I'm feeling weak in the knees *sighs* Vanna

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  20. Such amazing images, such attention to detail

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