Monday, March 1, 2010

Hanging Around the Paris Flea Market


Last summer when I visited the Paris Flea Market, I think maybe I was a bit overwhelmed with the sheer number of booths and lovely offerings. In looking back over my photographs I found this one. I took one look and asked myself, "WHY didn't you buy one of those gorgeous laces scarves? What were you thinking??" Well I'm home now and I want one. Here's my solution. The next one of you to get there, would you please buy me one? ( We may need to talk reasonable number of euros however! ) Mon amie Harriet may be the first one since she's going for a nice long visit in April!

Update: My dear reader Louciao suggested this Edith Piaf song to accompany this post today.
Parfait!

18 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

Sorry to say it won't be me securing one of those for you, Virginia ~ but I'm sure one of your dear regulars will be delighted to oblige! Maybe Harriet, indeed...

Alaine said...

Tres beautiful, I'd love one of those as well, to make me feel even more French, if you know what I mean...:))

Harriet said...

You'll need to let me know your upper limit of euros! The exchange rate has been improving so that's a plus......

Louis la Vache said...

Indeed, Parisian marchés aux puces are like opening multiple chests of treasure! Too bad one of those treasure chests hasn't been ours personally, filled with Euros, just for the purpose of bringing home the jewels found in the marchés!

Virginia said...

Harriet,
Oh yes that pesky Euro issue. We'll chat about my "limits". I've a feeling I won't be able to have that scarf, but maybe....... I've been able to get the prices down several times in France. Yes, even with my feeble French! And I'd take a taxi to the market unless Richard is going with you.

Jacob said...

Why is it that so often when I see a shot of Paris, I think why didn't we see that when we were there, and then I have to make a note to make sure we get there next time.

But, can one ever see it all in one trip?

louciao said...

I think you should console yourself with playing, very loudly, Edith Piaf singing "Non, je ne regrette rien."

Virginia said...

louciao,
Consider it done! I've just added it. Merci beaucoup. I"ve not heard this lovely chanson!
V

debbie in toronto said...

you were lucky to get the picture ...when we were there they did not like it when you took pictures of their wares...lots of wagging fingers...but we did manage to get a few ...those scarves look kind of familar.

James said...

Why do you do this to me? Everytime I hear Edith Piaf it really makes me crave Paris. At least I get to see your wonderful pictures in the mean time. :)

Daryl said...

I bet they were tres expensive and so you didnt buy one then ... they are lovely, maybe Harriet can get me one as well .. I am a scarf addict...

Mo said...

I am often found browsing these markets when I am there. I'll let you know the next planned trip

Alexa said...

How very lovely! And I love the rug beater in the back—looks like one my grandmother used. Virginia, do you recall in which part of the marché this shop is? [Would love to score such a scarf when I go (I hope) in September.]

Virginia said...

Alexa,
I've only been once and have no idea. Peter might remember but he's flitted off to the south of France for holiday, so we'll have to wait for his return to grill him for the details! :)

Daryl, I think Alexa and I will join you in a Scarf 12 Step Program. She claims over 40. I"m counting mine to see how close I can come to her record! If I snag that lace one, I'll declare myself the queen. BTW, I found one in Paris this last trip that is FAB! Maybe I'll take a picture of it and stick on here.

Starman said...

You didn't indicate which flea market and there are several all over the city. Were you referring to the large one at Saint-Ouen?

Harriet said...

Virginia, love the new banner. They just keep getting better and better.

OK, I think I'll just consider myself a personal shopper for you, Daryl, and Alexa. Now wouldn't that be the ticket....spending other people's money while in Paris!

We're waiting to see your Paris scarf. On my very first trip to Paris, I happened by a Longchamp store and they had some scarves on sale....yep, I scarfed one right up and still enjoy wearing it!

Virginia said...

FINAL COUNT>>>>>54 scarves, counting pashminas!! So I definitely need at least one more Harriet. You're on. Paris scarf coming up. Stay tuned.

Starman,
Oui, Saint-Ouen!

Alexa said...

V -- you win! (I counted pashminas too.) Must be time for me to go back to Europe and stock up, eh? :-)