Pieces of Paris - Exploring the Puce

Before arriving in Paris I thought I had an idea of what the Marche aux Puce de Saint-Ouen would be like- large, confusing and probably a bit overwhelming for a non- French speaking antiques buying novice. But I was not expecting how absolutely wonderful my first experience in the Puce would turn out to be with the assistance of Danielle, our indispensable Antiques Diva. We arranged our guided tour well in advance of our trip through Toma Haines at antiquedivas.com and it was well worth every euro we spent. 

Prior to our trip Toma and Danielle spent time asking us questions so they understood what we were looking for and what we wanted from our visit to the Puce. They also provided much needed information regarding international shipping so we wouldn’t waste time dealing with that once we arrived.

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Antique Treasure Hunting

A Long Sought After Clock

Nothing quite compares to inheriting a wonderful antique piece from a beloved family member and having an immediate connection to the history of the piece. But the thrill of finding a treasure on your own and making it a part of your own story can be just as rewarding. Sometimes you are on the hunt for that certain piece, many times searching for years before suddenly seeing it across the way and knowing you have finally found it. That was the case with the Danish Horologe I found in the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris after literally searching for the perfect Scandinavian tall clock for over 35 years. The shape, the patina, the size- everything about it was exactly what I had imagined. I knew I had to have that clock! 

 

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