Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Sterling Example

We "Fleas" love something pretty you can use in lots of different ways. All around the shop, you'll see things not being used for the purpose for which they were intended! An old French enamel pan is now potted with an ivy plant, an ornate frame that sports some some chicken wire is now a bulletin board, and well, your mother may cringe at this, but her vintage silver tea service is not seeing many tea bags these days!

We saw silver fall out of favor a few years ago, what with the polishing and the storing for 362 days a year, only to see the light of day on it's shimmering surface during a few special occasions.

But all that's changed recently. Heck, we don't even care if it's shiny--we like the tarnished look just as well! And our customers are now snapping up anything they can see their face in, taking it home and using it in ways their mothers never even thought of! An urned-shaped coffee pot is now a flower pot on their coffee table. Ten of them on a long table, filled with bouquets of flowers make a wedding reception centerpiece never to be forgotten.

A silver creamer pencil cup on your desk at work is just a little bit happier than what you used to have, don't you think? And your INBOX is now safe from prying eyes under a covered casserole dish!

Tri-leveled candle holders don't need a mate to be useful. Secure a pretty china plate to the top of each and you've got multi-layers of multi-purpose cake stands.

A tall teapot can be transformed into a lamp that will light up a dark corner of your kitchen, or shine brightly on a shelf in your china cabinet.

A tray is now a place to drop your jewels at the end of the day or load one up with pillar candles and bright green moss for a quick, easy and elegant centerpiece for your table.

Top off vintage, silver-topped salt and pepper shakers with glitter and you're ready to really shake things up in your craft room!

Sparkling dishes become soap holders in the powder room and bowls are now pet food dishes for the furry love of your life.

Other than the fact that you might like to still see your distorted reflection in the mini fun house mirror of a curvy teapot, we dare you to look at silver the same way again! What will you do with the treasures you find during our February 3, 4, 5 & 6th opening?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

It's A Girl(friend) Thing

We DO get lots of men in our shop; heck, we even have a consignor of the manly persuasion and he's got GREAT taste (Hi Cisco!), but for the most part, Paris Flea Market is frequently mostly by women.

It's a girl thing.

During our opening earlier this month, we were lucky to be frequented (again!) by the Girlfriend's Club of Brentwood. They marched right in, headed upstairs for some coffee and pastries, dressed up in some vintage hats from our Le Chic Boutique, and started giving free fashion advice to our customers! Thank goodness for GIRLFRIENDS!

We also had a visit from our November/December $100 shopping spree winner, Holly Maestas and her daughters. They all found a "little something" to help them start off the new year in style!

Holly waved her gift certificate as she ran in, and then it was down to some serious shopping!

She found some jewelry, vintage trays, a chalkboard in a vintage frame, dishware, shoes, clothing and some art work that she couldn't live without.

Hope to see you all at our next opening on February 3, 4, 5 & 6th!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bonne Année ~ Happy New Year!

The French call New Year's Eve "le Réveillon". It is usually celebrated with a feast called le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre. This feast customarily includes special dishes like foie gras and champagne. The celebration can be a simple, intimate dinner with friends and family or a much fancier ball (une soirée dansante). On le Jour de l'An (New Year's Day), friends and family exchange New Year's resolutions and sometimes gifts. Some people eat heart or log shaped desserts. The holiday period ends on January 6 for the Epiphany.

And that's where we come in!
(photo credit The Full Wiki)
On January 6th, we'll just be starting our New Year's celebration! Join us Thursday evening through Sunday, January 9th (see our website for times) and get half off all holiday items.
PLUS on two days only (Saturday and Sunday) you can strike a bargain with our in-store dealers! See something you like? How about that freshly painted French provincial dresser tucked in the La Petite Rose room, the one-of-a-kind upholstered ottoman in the Le Chic Maison room or maybe that huge ornate frame hanging out in the open market? If anything priced over $25.00 is calling your name, make sure you perk up your ears because it's telling you that you can get it for a 10 - 25% discounted deal! Hope to see you soon!