Tuesday, December 7, 2010

At Any Given Moment

There's always something of interest happening during our sales. Let's take a peek, shall we?

In The Lobby
A New "FLEA-ETTE"'s First Visit

Objects In Mirror Are Smaller Than They Appear.
We were honored to learn that the December opening of Paris Flea Market was the first outing for petite little four-day-old McKenna (shown here IN PINK surrounded by her loving escorts). She was smaller than the shopping bag she took home!

The Midas Touch

She's Got It All Together Now
From her golden locks to the tip of her "new" sparkly gold shoes, customer Erin Kannel (with some help from Jean in our vintage clothing Chic Boutique upstairs) pulled together this ensemble which is sure to make her shine at all the holiday parties. Grandma was happy to be able to purchase this as Erin's Christmas gift!

In The Mirror
It's Not "Old Hat" To Love Vintage
Caught In The Act
We FLEAS love to shop too! We can't help but check out all the goodies we see our fellow FLEAS bring in to sell every month. Consignor Lisa W. checks out a brown, velvet beret with a rhinestone embellishment and dreams all of the places she could wear it!

In The Open Market Downstairs
The Eyes Have It

You Can Shop But You Can't Hide
Audrey Hepburn lovers only have to look up on this 16 foot wall to get a glimpse of their favorite eyes peering down on them as they stroll through the "Open Market" downstairs and toss coins into the fountain for luck!

Everywhere You Look!
Deals Are Not Hard To Find

Customers Look In Every Nook & Cranny
December was packed with one-of-a-kind steals and hands were flying to get them! They knew it was their last chance to be in "Paris" before Christmas and holiday gift-giving, so full advantage was taken! They also know that Room With A Past in Walnut Creek still has yet to host its December opening on the 16, 17, 18 & 19th so they had one more place to keep in mind for those important almost-last minute gifts!

In The Main Hall
Don't Forget The Fudge

Goodies In The "Candy Isle"
Consignor Sally I. stands ready to help near the checkout where we've lined up an assortment of professionally kitchen-baked yummies such as candy, fudge, honey and jams along with gorgeous artisan jewelry of silver, colorful resins, vintage bits & buttons, not to mention layers of paper items like vintage images on tags, journals and calenders.

At The Checkout Table
Our December Contest

Who Will Win A $100 Shopping Spree?
Tickets are folded, kissed and given a lucky stir of the hand by those hoping to win our November/December contest for a decorated pink and silver Christmas tree PLUS the gift certificate nestled in its branches. Who won? Sign up to receive our monthly email announcement HERE and you'll find out!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winter Wonderland In Paris

December 2, 3, 4 & 5th will be our last chance to see you person to wish you a very warm:

or, if you prefer a:
Either way you say it, we hope you'll join us beginning this Thursday for our "Winter Wonderland, Parisian Style"!

It's chilly outside but you'll be cozy as a fuzzy hand muffler inside our 3,000+ warehouse full of vintage holiday decor, furnishings and accessories!

We're up to our boot laces in fabulous vintage footwear, ready-to-wear vintage Holiday party clothes, and sparkly one-of-a-kind gifts, too!

And don't forget: our December opening will be your last chance to bring in your pink raffle tickets from last month and earn more this month, in hopes of winning our pink decorated Christmas tree with that $100 gift certificate ornamanet attached!
See you soon!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanks From Paris

Yes, we know it's not a tradition in Paris to celebrate Thanksgiving, but luckily we're a hybrid of sorts! We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving, and hope to see you soon in December!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Did We Mention We Got A Mention?

(Photo from Mommyhood And Marketing)

Our collective ears were burning during our November opening at Paris Flea Market, and now we know why! We were being touted by blogger Katie at Mommyhood And Marketing as she so graciously posted about why she was "blown away" on her visit to our shop! You can read about her experience and get a peek at what she bought HERE. Her blog is a chunky, delicious soup made with a little bit of everything from crafting to high power, creative business strategies, with a huge side serving of humor.

Thanks Katie! See you next month in "Paris"!

Monday, November 8, 2010

November Was Hoppin'!

Did you make it to our November opening? We were busy! Our customers really had us on our toes~but we're not complaining; they were HAPPY toes! Thanks again to our customers who helped make it a great sale! See you again in December!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

We Bid You Adieu~A Peek Into Last Month's Shopping Cart

Have you ever snuck a peek at what the person next to you in the check-out line has in their cart? "What did they get? How much did they pay for it? And where did they find it because I want one too!" is what goes through our minds!

It's a lot like that at the Flea Market during the sale: people are always so curious as to what's been bought and is heading out the door. Well, we know it's not quite the same, but in the interest of quenching your curiosity, we thought we'd show you what were the most popular and fasted-selling items for October's opening. (You can click on the photos to see them larger.)

If you've ever come to our sales, you know we're all about service; we'll answer all your questions, make you some fresh coffee and be happy to take what you've laid claim to up to the front and start a "cubby" for you, so you can gather more things! But here we're talkin' service of a whole different color and pattern! This sweet floral Castleton china service for eight, which sold for $159.00, will be gracing the holiday table of it's new home next month.

This six drawer dresser (that's a lot of socks my cold-footed comrades!) with a double curved front and original brass drop pulls was a huge favorite! It was low enough in stature to be the perfect piece for a little girl's room, but a great color, style and finish for a big girl (like me!) to covet as her own. The price of $172.00 made it move out the door so fast, we only had time for a quick caress on it's way out the door. Sigh...

Every baker needs a rack and we offered up this one, with a place for everything (quit your wining--it even has a rack for WINE on it!) last month. With a price of $69.00, it's new owner was yelling "Start the car!!! Start the car!!!" as the Paris Flea Market Movers, "Dollface" and "Jane-Of-All-Trades" hoisted it up into the back of an SUV just before it sped away!

This tall drink 'o dresser had us at "Hello". The price of $128.00 made us say "SOLD"! It had a matching nightstand too! They were paid for and picked up the next day when the new owner came back with a bigger truck.

Fall is great time to find lots of warm wood-toned furniture at Paris Flea Market. This mission style desk with classic mortise and tenon joints was just one of the pieces we had (look for more warm wood items November 4, 5, 6 & 7th!). It had a price tag that was still warm too, which read $69.00, and it was gone Saturday.

Short and sweet, oui? We thought so too. One of our customers satisfied that sweet tooth for storage when they paid $82.00 and took this pink bench/seat/trunk home!

Can you stand the perfectly blended colors of pewter and taupe that updated this dresser from the 1950's? Finished off with sparkly glass knobs and a price of only $85.00, we just about fainted dead away! Lucky for you, there's a similar one at Room With A Past that'll be available at their next sale November 18-21st!

So there's your peek. All done without any sidelong glances, squeaky-wheeled shopping carts or worrying about picking the slowest check-out line in the store. Maybe next month you'll see a picture of what YOU bought at the November sale (November 4 - 7th) listed here! (You can also SIGN UP to get the monthly email announcements so you'll be reminded of each sale and any monthly contests just before it happens.)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Which Flea Is Witch?

We hope you don't loose your head if you didn't make it to the opening of the October sale last night! There's still three more days to go, so jump on your broom and get in here!

And don't be frightened when you walk in the door and see some ladies all dressed in black with pointy hats on their heads! It's just us FLEAS having some fun.

However, we give you unlimited permission to scream your lungs out when you head out into the haunted Parisian market! (Watch out for this green-skinned gal--she's NOT one of us!)

Don't forget to enter our creepy contest to guess how many semi-disgusting, but mostly interesting curiosities are in the apothecary jar before you leave the store, for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate!

We'll be waiting for you today from 9 - 4 PM, Saturday from 9 - 4 PM and Sunday from 10 - 4PM!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wouldn't Hurt A Flea!

It was the month of haunting
And all through the store
The creatures where lurking
Amongst the treasures galore.

All of a sudden a shadow
In the corner I spied;
She was dressed all in black
Like Frankenstein’s bride!

I ran through the dark
And in a web I was tangled
I quick flailed away
For fear of being strangled!

She held out her hands
And I dropped to my knees
And that’s when I realized
She was one of the “FLEAS”

“May I take that up front?”
she asked with a smile
“And add it to
the rest of your pile?”

I sighed in relief;
I would be alright.
Happy haunting to you
And to all~a dark night!
Come see our FLEAS dressed in their creative, beautiful individually decorated (and slightly creepy) witch hats from October 7 - 10th!
Come in to our "Le Chic Boutique" on Sunday, October where you can dress in our vintage hats, get your make-up touched up and have your photo taken by Paula Walsh Photography!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Quick Change Artist

Oh sure, to look at her you'd think she's just a sweet little lady, all dressed up in some of the vintage clothes from our "Le Chic Boutique" upstairs. You might get the impression she's all prim and proper as she roves through the store, modeling opera length white gloves, an apricot coat dress, metal-trimmed pocketbook, pearls and Sunday-best felt hat with netting...
until you see her slinking around in this hot-pink cover-up (is she wearing anything under there, for heaven's sake?!?!?) and dark glasses so you can't see what's going on in that pretty little head of hers!
Oh, wait, that's Linda behind those vintage designer glasses! She's a new "FLEA" who has joined, (along with new FLEA Deb), the gals Jean & Jody, upstairs in the "Le Chic Boutique". She'll be bringing in more vintage clothes and modeling a variety of styles as she floats around the shop each month.

Here she is in her "street clothes" with pal and Cookie Lee rep, Amber!
And we had to show you this customer modeling her new hat she just bought upstairs, which absolutely "goes" with everything she's already wearing!
Hope to see you next month, October 7 - 10th!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Market Is Open Tonight!

Here's just a sample of what's in store (literally!) for you during our September 9 - 12th opening!

Don't be afraid to start snapping up your seasonal decor:

You'll always find something sweet:

And something you can use everyday!

And of course our one-of-a-kind elegant finds:
Come see for yourself!
Thursday, September 9, (6 PM – 9 PM), Friday, September 10, (9 AM – 4 PM), Saturday, September 11, (9 AM - 4 PM), and Sunday, September 12, (10 AM - 4 PM) at 535 Leisure Street, (just off I-580/Vasco Road), Livermore, CA. Just look for the pink bike!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Let Us Make It Crystal Clear For You...

"I was going to rule the world, until something sparkly caught my eye!"

No truer words have been spoken! Just when you thought your world couldn't get any brighter, you glance across a crowded room and are blinded by the glint of light bouncing off a dangling prism!
They come in all shapes and sizes these hanging obsessions. From sweet and dainty:

to loaded and weighty. As long as you've got a ceiling, you're susceptible to getting "hung up" on the delicious habit of dreaming where in your house they would look best! Think outside the dining room.
A true "chandy" addict prefers them over the kitchen sink, in the powder room and right over the center of the master bed, as well! And, while they may be made for hanging, we've even seen them lit up in all their glory sitting right on the floor!
Feed your chandy dreams at Paris Flea Market when we open our door next Thursday, September 9 - 12th! Sign up HERE to receive our monthly reminder announcement.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Our Winners Get "Paris-ized"

We are happy to announce the winners of our August contests!

First up, for our in-store winner who got a raffle ticket just for coming to see us (hey, that face looks familiar--we think she comes every month!) is our winner Lisa Bear! She won a huge basket full of goodies from every vendor in the shop, plus a one hundred dollar gift certificate to spend next month!!!

We also had a second winner who won simply by friending us on Facebook. A big congratulations goes out to Eyreka Ginn!

We hope you'll come see what's new in September! Mark your calender for the 9 - 12th!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Did We Mention We Got A Mention?

We're always thrilled to find out someone liked us so well they were inspired to blog about us!

Aileen drove all the way from Modesto to our Grand Opening earlier this month and invited her peeps to share in the shopping experience! Here they are doing the A-Leen pose!
She has a blog called "Aileen's Musings" and we were pleased she took the time to muse about Paris Flea Market! She and her pals had no idea that things would be so fabulously decorated and staged when they headed to our warehouse to see what they could see. They all (except one person) left with a shopping bag in hand, and headed to a fun lunch destination: Eddie Papa's (we'll have to try it) which they highly recommend. Thanks for visiting with us!
We also got a "thumbs-up" from a Room With A Past fan, Fenima, who is modeling her new earrings that she purchased at Paris Flea Market, while her patient husband waited in the car with sleeping kids!
Fenima has a blog called Vintage Therapy. Now that's a full-on lover of all things vintage! She is famous at our shop for having a huge smile and making sure she has an equally huge "Hello!" for everyone! We appreciate you coming and please thank your husband for us on being such a great chauffer! We know we'll see you soon!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Grand Opening, Girlfriends, Day Trips and Clothes

Open, Open, Open!
Our Grand Opening was a smashing success!

It was so nice to see so many familiar faces in the crowd!
There were goodies to be eaten and shopped for all at the same time!

We also got to see some new faces and we'd like to share them with you! We had a visit from the day-trippers of Girlfriends Unlimited who hail near Brentwood, CA ((925) 634-1415).

They came, they shopped, they conquered! (and then hid all their goodies in the trunk until they could sneak them in the house!)

And what goes good with girlfriends? How about CLOTHES! Did you know Paris Flea Market has a h-u-g-e selection of vintage clothes and accessories (don't miss the jewelry--it's fabulous dau-link!) upstairs in the Chic Boutique?

Here's another new face who posed her new frock! Pretty as a picture, no?

And here's one last new face to share. We were absolutely floored by customer Gayle's stylish taste in vintage clothes! She really had it all together.
She walked in wearing this gorgeous dress from the 1930's, but she left with an armful of new-vintage clothes for when we see her next time!
A big THANK YOU to all the happy faces who made our Grand Opening a fun one!