• Storefront Arts et Lumières with MailDrop, Mr. Bringas and the lamps colleensparis.com
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    Finding Treasure Around the Corner in the Bastille

    Have you ever wanted a specific, stylish item? And you searched until you found it? My search was for finding the hanging lamp treasure that would fit in with my 1890s library ceiling. No flea market was needed. The treasure was literally, around the corner from my apartment in the Bastille. I looked through the window of a vintage lamp store. After 27 years, I finally pushed open the door of Arts et Lumières, looked around, looked up and fell in love. Once I made the decision about buying the lamp, I took my time. Uuntil one day, the signs Tout doit Disparaitre (Everything Must Go) and Déstockage Massif (Clearance…

  • Old Lace, one of the stand at February's needlework fair, Aiguille en Fete
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    Looking For Old Lace In Paris

    A reader asking where to find old lace in Paris is timely. The annual needlework fair, l’Aiguille en fête, has stands with old lace, old patterns, old old everything related to needlework. The needlework fair takes place between the second and third week of February. One stand at l’Aiguille en fête to look for is Quand nos grands-mères coussaient. Ultramod comes the closest to selling vintage ribbons, buttons and decorations. Another suggestion is to visit the “Brocantes” or “Marchés aux puces” – flea markets and second hand shows. Vintage needlework Visit l’Officel des spectacles for a complete list of current Paris second-hand markets. For a listing of brocantes held the…

  • Get Your Visit Started

    Need to Know – Need to HaveThe essential travel items to obtain when you first arrive are good maps. I recommend  two in particular:1. The Map Book: The best book for street map of the arrondissements that I use is the “Paris Pratique par Arrondissement“. It is published by L’Indispensable. In this book they provide one-way streets, pedestrian streets, metros, RER, buses, tramways, post offices and mayor offices (each arrondissement has its own mayor). 2. Metro/Bus map: At most metro stations, you will find a selection of maps: with streets, without streets, large type, pocket size. The best of the maps available is the No. 2 Grand Plan de Paris. On one…