Monday, March 4, 2013

Ultramod Mercerie


Ahhh, Ultramod Mercerie, a photographer's buffet for sure.  Mary took me to this treasure trove late one afternoon after a long day,  and I was pretty tired, but took one look at the window and perked right up.

The mercerie has every imaginable ribbon, thread, button, trim, fringe etc. stacked to the ceiling.  A step back in time to somewhere between 1860-1880.  The family finally sold it in 1990. Today I'm fairly certain that it looks very much as it did when they opened. The old wooden drawers and shelves make it even more charming.  Across the street is their vintage hat shop. We'll visit it another day.




Ultramod Mercerie
3 rue de Choiseul
75002 Paris
Métro: Quatre-Septembre

17 comments:

Starman said...

I don't find the Mercerie that appealing. Now the Nicolas liquor store across the street...that's appealing!

Malyss said...

Merceries ! I like them almost as much as bookshops!I can spend hours there..

Lost in Provence said...

I love that in Paris there are still such wonderful shops as this--a lightbulb store, an umbrella handle store. But ooh, looking forward to the vinatge hat shop! Yes please...
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Shell Sherree said...
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Shell Sherree said...

The ribbons, tassels and trims would be right up my alley! It looks like a beautiful spot, dear V.

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Photographer's paradise.
Costas

Cezar and Léia said...

Life with elegance and charming!
I'm delighted by your first composition!
Léia

Nicola said...

I've still to visit that one, but it's certainly on my list! Great photo.

Jeanie said...

It's probably a really good thing I never ended up here. I'm quite sure the seams of my bags would have ripped wide open before their time! Lovely!

Paulita said...

I could have definitely used that mercerie this afternoon as I tried to create a pilot uniform for my son's high school play. I needed silver stripes on his epaulettes. I'd never heard the word mercerie. I was trying to think what we'd call it in English and all I could come up with has sewing accessories. Then I looked it up and the word haberdashery came up. Both are great words.

Harriet said...

Thanks so much for sharing these photos and the address. I definitely want to visit!

beatrice De said...

Merci pour cette fabuleuse adresse de mercerie. Je couds et bricole beaucoup ( le blog * les tricots couture... et bricolage ) vous le montrera mieux que des paroles.
Un jour, j'avais regardé sur le net, toutes les adresses de merceries de Paris, ne trouvant pas ce que je voulais dans ma petite ville de province. Mais cette adresse n'y était pas. J'achète aussi des mètres de rubans de dentelles sur les marchés de Paris.

Pour finir j'ai trouvé ce que je cherchais *au Printemps *. Une couleur particulière de laine pour faire une seule manche d'une jaquette, assortie au tweed du corps de la jaquette.

Un petit coucou de Lausanne en Suisse.

Alexa said...

I'm with Malyss—next best thing to a bookstore, and more colorful! I'm sure I've been in this shop, as it's very near to where I used to work. And wasn't it nice of them to have those nice bits of red just for you, V?

Jack said...

And there is a lot of red here, selectively used!

A tassel shop is probably a girl thing. Highly masculine persons such as I probably wouldn't take many photos there . . .

Joe said...

Hi V. If Mrs J was around 3 rue de Choiseul I fear we would never escape. Mr J.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I think I may really struggle to walk past this shop Virginia, it looks like it would whisper "come in, come in" as you walk by! Will keep my eyes open for the antique hats to show Aimee, I know she will love them.

Vreni said...

This shop looks great!! Being the daughter of a dressmaker, I spent a lot of hours in shops like this one as a child.