out and about :: paris flea markets

Katie | May 21, 2012

tv headed man at paris flea market

I recently found myself in Paris with a day to spare (lovely situation to be in!), and decided to finally check out the famous flea markets, having read about them on design blogs for years and been completely seduced by images of the weird and wonderful. I wasn’t disappointed.

chairs at paris flea market

Being a bit of a chair fanatic, I was in my element with the amazing selection of battered chairs in need of a loving home. I’m sure whether the prices were intended as an opening bid for negotiation, but sadly, these were all a million miles out of my budget – there was that, and the fact I suspect these might have slightly exceeded my hand luggage allowance.

bottles at paris flea market

A recurring theme was large collections of the same thing, from bottles to dolls’ heads, and I always think arranging similar things together looks great, almost no matter what they are.

dolls heads at paris flea market

Although, I must confess the dolls’ heads were a bit creepy – but not as creepy as the massive collection of dolls’ eyes! And yet somehow, I quite liked the skull…

skull at paris flea market

There were of course some slightly more conventional items for sale…

antique chair at paris flea market

…including antiques and vintage furniture from every era you could hope for.

fabric at paris flea market

I loved this pile of fabrics, and this pile of suitcases… piles of goodness!

suitcases at paris flea market

I loved these frames so much I thought they could make a feature in themselves – just stacked as they are here. The unexpected, and often unintentional, combinations at the flea market were sometimes as inspirational as the items themselves.

picture frames at paris flea market

Even the signage was getting in on the retro vibe… loving all the yellow.

perrier sign at paris flea market

And the shopping trolleys were simply fabulous…

pram at paris flea market

Hands up who had a good time…

porcelein arms at paris flea market

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Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.

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