So off I went on Saturday, straight off to the antique shops and vintage dealers of Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen, an area with – no exaggeration – hundreds of antique dealers and vintage stalls. It’s an overwhelming experience, I really had no idea where to start as there are so many amazing treasures to be found. You can get anything from old postcards to furnishings, tableware and linens. I was really drawn to the many vintage clothing shops and have honestly never seen such a stunning collection of designer pieces, so that’s where all the vintage Chanel and YSL has ended up at! I also loved the Edwardian and Victorian jackets on sale, many in pristine condition.
Many of the furniture shops focused on Fifties and Sixties, and I was really tempted to invest in a Fifties atom newspaper rack.
I had lunch at this most fabulous little restaurant in the middle of one of the markets. Not that the food was any good but there was a lady singing Edith Piaf and the wine was cheap, which made more than up for my soggy sausages.
After des Puces I headed off to the Marais for some window shopping and to have a look at some vintage shops there. I found two, Kiliwatch and Free P Star (Metro: Rambuteau), which were both stacked full of the nastiest, cheapest second-hand crap sold at such high prices I had to take a double look at the price tags. Certainly not worth a visit if you’re a spoilt Londoner who can shop for top-end and yet affordable vintage every day of the year.
After a quick stroll around Montmartre it was time already to head back for the train, it couldn’t have been a more fabulous day.