10/8/2010 11:07 AM
Chanel Birdcage Earrings
There are three main flea markets in Paris, each with distinct personalities. The first is in Porte de Montruil - 20e Porte-de-Montruil. One of the cheapest flea markets, vendors specialize in second-hand clothes, furniture, and houseware items.
One in Porte de Vanves - Avenue Georges - Lafenestre. An enormous range of bric-a-brac can be found at this popular market. Boasting to be the "sole antiquarian, secondhand market in inner Paris" - they are open rain or shine, holiday or not, EVERY Saturday and Sunday of the year. This market claims furniture from the 17 and 1800s, lighting, gramophones, religious objects, and artifacts from around the globe among other treasures! Their high end clientele is advertised to be diverse, well-educated, and cultured.
The last in Saint-Ouen / Porte de Clignancourt - "Le march aux puces de Saint-Ouen" is the most famous antiques market! And when people talk about a Parisian flea market, it is most likely talking about "Le march aux puces de Saint-Ouen.” Rob and I found it to be a wonderful adventure back in time! The stores had the most amazing pieces but again, they were at the most outrageous prices. I did find one treasure that I couldn’t pass up: an over the top, flower statement ring made of Czechoslovakian cast opal. The most charming British man and woman’s store, Au Grenier De Lucie, held additional treasures including crowns and pieces from Haute Couture designers including Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and more.
Upon entering the last store I felt as though I had hit the lottery. It was Chanel jewelry showcased on vintage busts with Chanel necklaces, brooches and belts draping the models.
In our travels this summer we found amazing collections of couture jewelry. At Times Past, we carry an extensive collection of Chanel brooches, earring (such as the Chanel earrings at the top of this article!), necklaces (such as the one below!) and belts in stock now. But hurry in! Much of the merchandise will be traveling with Rob to Las Vegas for his next big show.
Written by Donae Cangelosi Chramosta
Posted by Jamie Glover