Last Sunday I accompanied an American friend to the famed Marche aux Puces at Porte de Clignacourt. Usually I stay away from this flea market, as items often are overpriced for the tourist trade. But at Marche Vernaison I found a treasure trove of old documents, typeface letters, vintage post cards, French franc price tags and band sheet music, as well as a red tole tray - all for reasonable prices. My friend also found some lovely pieces, including an exquisite 19th-century Black Forest jewelry box, a Limoges pill box and a decorative perfume bottle.
This document was written and notarised in 1679 and contains several handwritten addendums and official stamps to prove it.
This bill of sale was written in 1829, with amendments notarised in 1834.
A bill of sale under the reign of Napoleon. Note the "imperial" reference.
A document dated 18 May, 1782 fills eight pages, with several amendments. The magnifying glass is bakelite from the 1940s.
A bill of sale dated 17 June, 1781 is seven pages long.
The documents were found rolled up and stuffed in various glass scientific beakers at Marche aux Puces, Porte de Clignacourt. The 19th-century tole tray also came home with me.
More typeface letters and printer's trim to add to my collection. The vendor had an entire alphabet of letters like the large "A," but the price was too steep.
Heavy board price tags in French francs from an upscale department store were found at Marche Paul Bert.
Sheet music for various band instruments will be used in decoupage and collage projects.