Photo of an early 20th-century advertising card for Le Bon Marche, Paris. The cards feature stories from "des Mille et une Nuits," or "1001 Nights." As a child, it was one of my favourite books; I still find it enchanting.
I do believe some of Aladdin's treasures are now on offer at the Antiquites Brocante at Place de la Bastille, Paris. I've just come from an exhausting round of shopping on opening day at one of the city's biggest twice-yearly brocantes. My eyes were as big as saucers, rather like Aladdin's in the illustration (above). Yes, I have treasures; lovely unusual treasures to show you in upcoming posts. And yes, I'll be returning to Bastille for more shopping Friday! Stands run up and down both sides of the Canal St. Martin and it's difficult to visit them all in one day. The brocante continues from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through November 18th. If you're in Paris, get your skates on, before the best things disappear!
The lovely Brenda Walton joined me for most of today's expedition; a few collectibles went home with her too. No doubt she'll be writing about the experience on her blog. Brenda and I saw an unusual Japanese man shopping at Bastille. He was so stylish, we couldn't take our eyes off him. He was probably early '30s, long black hair in a ponytail and had a big black object - like a small sword or bone of some sort - stuck in one pierced ear! He was also very tattooed, wearing a long leather coat, jeans, high black leather boots - as though he stepped off the cover of GQ. I was dying to take his photo, but it would have seemed too awkward.
He bought several antique glass jewelry boxes from my friend's stand. As he didn't speak French, he had an interpreter with him. Later, my friend told me the guy was a jewelry designer and had bought several similar decorative boxes last year at Bastille. As they proved a hit in Japan, today he bought all my friend had - nearly a thousand euros' worth!