If you're in Paris, don't miss the famous bi-annual brocante and ham fair, now underway at Chatou! The 87th Foire Nationale Antiquites, Brocante et Produits du Terroir promises to be just as packed with collectible treasures as the previous ones. With 800 stalls, a variety of antiques and collectibles to suit every style and taste are on offer. Among the delights available: mercantile cabinets, vintage spools of thread, embroidery skeins, unusual buttons and antique baskets.
A mercantile display case, featuring silk and satin ribbons.
These children's hangers featuring fairy tale characters add a touch of whimsy to any room.
Hand-carved wooden shoe lasts on a vintage ladder.
Don't forget to visit my friend Blandine Bavoux at 8 rue de la Gaite. Her booth is bursting with fantastic kitchen collectibles, particularly enamelware (see two photos below). But if you can't get to Chatou, you can shop online at Blandine's Jolietrouvaille.
From Paris, take the ReR A1 train (direction Saint-Germain-en-Laye) to Chatou Croissy or Rueil Malmaison. At the station, exit and follow the signs to Ile de la Chatou, just a short walk away. Tickets are available at the gate. Bring cash, as most dealers won't accept credit cards except for large purchases. The brocante continues daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through October 6th.
I'm hoping to take the train to Chatou next week! See you there?