Thursday, September 13, 2007

Paris ~ shop...


The shopping Paris is beyond good, beyond your wildest dreams actually [if I give into the overwhelming desire to be sensationalist!]...and as you know I am more than a little partial to flea-market and brocante shopping/rumaging. Well, this trip I did not have too much luck with the ol' Marché aux puces...in fact, I found my favourite one [St-Ouen] well and truly ferme.

What with it being August [many Parisians close up shop and take the month off...how nice!!]...and with the rain of week one, not so many of the small stalls by la Seine were open either. No worries though, there is more than enough to make up for that....and by chance I stumbled across this *amazing* shop which eased all woes.

I cannot think of a single blogger I know who would not die and go to heaven in this shop. Let me break it down.....old jotters, french antique school equiptment, fabulous papers and piles of vintage glassine bags with French advertising, stacks of linens, kitchen goodies, rubber stamps, stencil maps of France.....old school Slates and slate pencils!!!! Yes, my friends, heaven. We spent 50 minutes inside this tiny little shop and came no-where close to seeing all we wanted to.

So, visit > 'Au Petit Bonheur la Chance' next time you find yourself in the city of light, prepare to swoon and reach into your pockets, happily....address as above.
xox

17 comments:

Janet said...

Oh my oh my, you found heaven! Very jealous indeed. I can almost smell the shop, can I come next time? As usual amazing photos Abigail, you have captured the spirit so well. really inspirational! x

lisa said...

i have been admiring your photos of your trip abigail and my goodness, these shops look amazing. wow.

Katherine said...

Ooh, I'm noting that one down!

cally said...

Woah, somebody reign me in!
That place would seriously challenge my attempts to not shop, esp the vintage glassine - ooh.

lisa s said...

sigh. if only i could go there. wow.

lilie said...

I'm going to Paris next month -- I can use all the recommendations I can find. This looks lovely! Have you any more must-visit spots?

Kirsty Hall said...

Oh great, now I want to go to Paris! These are fabulous photos, I almost feel as if I'm there. Just as well I'm not though, I don't think my bank account could take the strain!

If you're ever down in Bristol I could show you a similar shop that sells old buttons, lace, faded photographs and other amazing treasures. I really must go in and photograph it sometime soon.

Anonymous said...

Que tal!,

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Abbey said...

All your Paris photos are lovely and this store is my reason d'etre! Thanks for sharing.

sandra said...

it's a fabulous shop! wow. i really enjoy your paris-pictures. beautiful.

emily said...

wow! this shop looks amazing! thanks so much for sharing all of these fabulous images. I'm noting this for my future *dream* trip.

elly yap said...

wow, that shop is mind blowing! thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures, can't wait to see more. :}

Anonymous said...

Oh Honey, I love flea market shoppiing in Paris so so much. It's my favorite. MY fave market was south of the city, I don't remember what line bot I think we got off the metro on Pont De Vincennes, and the earlier the better and there was a nice bakery near there as well. I am having such a hard time writing right now. I have to rewrite egerht (I left that so you could see -- that is what the word every looked like) every third word. It's all the post surgery pain meds, I hould go bit zzi snr -- see what I mean I have no idea what I just wrote, I keep falling asleep while typing. Love this store, wish I could have gone with you. Big grateful hugs, Jacqui XOXO

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cruststation said...

Oh my goodness, that would be my favourite shop ever! Antiques and stationery, I have to get myself there now and buy everything!!

sapient pig said...

this is the kind of place that could cause a serious bout of foot stamping and bad behaviour. i'm not sure i would be allowed in. my fingers are getting twitchy just looking at the pictures.

anji jane kelly said...

wow this looks/sounds amazing. I'll be weaving my way towards this shop next time I'm in Paris. I adore shops filled with pure intrigue and treasure!
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natasha said...

i would have exploded. i can't even handle seeing that much stuff that is so gorgeous. often, i will walk right back out because i don't want to know what i can't have. that sounds so lame.