You have to go to the ‘Marche aux Puces’ flea market . This exhausting labyrinth of antique and ‘brocante’ dealers is easy to reach by subway. Just figure out that your destination is the ‘Porte de Cliquencourt’ – the end of the line (for the correct train) – and get out once there.
Southlands Nursery version Follow the throngs to the flea market. You cannot go wrong. Wade your way past luggage shops and tacky stands selling jeans until you realize you are surrounded by funky old stuff ! Keep your hands on your wallet or purse, but don’t be afraid to buy! There are shippers right there who will take care of everything. They make it easy and couldn’t survive without us dumb tourists. I had to buy a chicken -wire -doored library bookcase eight feet tall, and used a company called ‘Hedley’s Humpers’ to send it to Vancouver. Even with freight, it was less than one-half the price it would be in a fabulous antique shop in North America.
This has been my inspiration to recreate a French flea market in one part of Southlands Nursery! I have been scouting for tasteful reproductions of flea market type stuff…. and throwing in a few random treasures from my personal stash. It is a casual jumble of well-priced decorating debris!
With winter approaching, we need to think of our indoor set-dec…. especially when you live in a rainy place like Vancouver.