Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Le marché aux Puces: Clignacourt

A few weeks ago J was taking a class at Le Cordon Bleu, so I went to the flea market. I love poking around the stalls. Truth be told, I was really going to find a certain seller who last year had the most amazing taxidermy piece. Even though I find taxidermy animals fascinating in museums, I still am a bit weirded out by them and don't have any in my home. But this one display that this seller had was hilarious and was so me, if taxidermy animals could ever speak to your sense of humor. The masterpiece in question was a wooden platform with two squirrels engaged in a sword fight. Yes. It was truly amazing and so weird. I was hoping that it was still there, but when I found the seller it was nowhere in sight.

Le marché aux Puces

There are many sellers who specialize in vintage/antique industrial furniture.

Le marché aux Puces

This display was interesting and sad. Each buffalo horn had a date, one for every year starting in the 1980s or something. I guess every year this person would go and kill a buffalo and mount its horns on their wall. Weird and pointless.

Le marché aux Puces

This is an amazing vintage store with priceless pieces from Chanel, Dior, Hermes and many other high end brands. It's that kind of store where you don't want to touch anything.

Le marché aux Puces

An amazing Dior coat.

Le marché aux Puces

I arrived around lunch when all the sellers get together and have wine and fantastic-smelling lunches.

Le marché aux Puces

There is a lot of taxidermy, including one creepy little den (not pictured above) that had every kind of exotic animal staring back at you on all four walls. Need a giraffe head or a full-size zebra for some reason? They have it. I kind of expected to see the hunter of all these animals leaning against the wall in the corner, taxidermied himself. I think it's only fitting.

Le marché aux Puces

Le marché aux Puces

Any kind of statue you could possibly want is here!

Le marché aux Puces

I found my whippet/greyhound statue. If only I had a stately garden to place it in.

Le marché aux Puces

I did manage to pick up this vintage science poster from the 1940s. It's a diagram of a mole I think. I even haggled in French, which I was quite proud about, since I don't even like to haggle in English. I managed to get 40% off the asking price, which isn't too bad!



Thanks for taking us along.
Nice ride.
Good find.


Galipette. said...

Wonderful post~ thank you for all your insights into Paris flea market shopping. I'll be traveling there for my second time around this June and am excited to focus less on the touristy attractions and more on vintage!

That said, was this what they call the Le Puces de Saint Ouen? If not, where, may I ask?

Thank you :)


Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

i love this post. if no garden, i'd place the dog statue in a foyer or entrance.
the butterflies and taxidermy are intriguing.

-Style Odyssey (blogger continues to hate me, lol. can't comment as style odyssey.)

Prêt à Porter P said...

That vintage shop looks amazing! lol @ the sword fighting squirrels. Congratulations on your in French haggling skills.

-ps. Your 2 tweets about Demeulemeester electric and creepy metro flasher are cracking me up!

June said...

J'adore les Puces de Clignancourt, superbes photos!Paris me manque!

L.L. said...

I would have been dying with laughter if I saw the squirrels in a sword fight. Big disappointment you couldn't find it again.


a propos your pictures, i do miss home/europe. i wasnt born in france but i went to college there so i have a 'bond' w/ this country too. btw i enjoy your videos, good image quality.

Stephanie said...

Galipette: Yes, that's the one. Clignacourt just refers to the metro station that is closest.

Stephanie: I think it would look great on my balcony!

H: I really wanted those squirrels!

Divinitus- thanks! I'm going to try to make one for the flea market too.

Eireann said...

Just found you via twitter--it's interesting to see places I've spent time in through someone else's eyes (especially Belgium, since so few people seem to go there, while everyone's been to Paris). Hello!

How Very said...

you will like mr walter potter

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

aww so cute! i totally enjoyed all these photos. wishing of course, there were some amazing flea markets here as well.

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