Sunday, June 03, 2007

neighborhood brocante


A temporary brocante (kind of a step up from a flea market) was set up right on our street this weekend; Marc and I took Eva and went out to explore it yesterday morning. It's amazing to me that the vendors have all of their wares -- fine paintings, rugs, china, silver, mirrors, furniture -- set up inside these little tents, right out on the street. And at night, they closed up the tents and left it all there! Marc said they had security on patrol, but still...


I bought an amazing vintage white sundress for Eva (only 15 euros!). It is in perfect condition, and she wore it to church today. I wish I had pictures of her in it, but she got it so dirty that now I have to wash it (by hand) and try again. We want to stage a photo shoot with her wearing it -- I swear she looks like a little princess!


This vendor had a staggering array of old print blocks, all neatly arranged by letter! I wish I could have gotten a better photo, but he had his eye on me...


so much lovely flatware to be had (for the right price!)

Seriously?

a cool way to display stickpins

a big collection of great frames, just stacked against the front of a tent

I wish I could have gotten more photos. Marc took more than I did (he had his giant zoom lens and could therefore get more stealth pictures from a distance) and his are better than mine as well.

All we bought was the dress for Eva, some vintage postcards and a few old photos, but it was the perfect people-watching, atmosphere-soaking Saturday morning activity for us.

9 comments:

Jill said...

I love your stealthy photos and think this looks like such a cool place to wander. I can't wait to see Eva in her princess, vintage sundress. I'm sure she'll look adorable, because she always does!

kristi brooke said...

oh my i am just sitting at my computer completly jeaoulous. how do yu resist such temptation to not buy everything.
thanks for the great photos. and the dress oh my!

Lori said...

How is it that they make a sale look so cool? I love the display of pins. The style of everything reminds me of the Marie Antoinette movie - which was pretty, but the worst movie I've ever seen.


Why are they all so crazy about pictures being taken?

Amie said...

I can't wait to see the photos of Eva, sounds adorable.

Why is it so hard to take stealthy photos. I had to do that a lot in the parade of homes.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Oh wow! That is a garage sale/flea market at its finest. I cannot imagine walking into a tent and beholding such things. Thanks for taking such interesting pictures.

Hannah said...

Your stealth skills are coming along nicely- I still think it is funny that you have to be so stealth about it. Can't wait to see cute Eva in her dress!

Natasha said...

Yes, post Eva in the dress.
I would go nuts with all those pins - beautiful!! I guess you can't go crazy purchasing because you need to have a way to get it all back home. I'm just blown away by all you get to see/do in Paris.

Amy said...

Oh, the trouble I'd be in if I lived in Paris!

annalisa said...

I need that shirt :)
What fun things to rummage through.

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