Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Rewind & a Shopping Spree Winner!

2012 is just a few days from being gone forever (can you believe it?) so let's take a step back to where it all began. 

2012 will be the year we remember as when we got our first shipment of Cece Caldwell's Paint!

It was the year of a Ladies Shopping Trip to France!

It was a year full of showing our wares (and our smiling faces!) at Antique Fairs throughout Northern California,

and our first ever Parking Lot Sale at the store!

It was a year of flowers in the Spring,

sand, seashells and beach-y colors in the summer,


 and an Autumn full of fun and elegance!


Wrapping it all up with a season of hope for the New Year, we celebrated a Christmas filled with gifts of glitter and glitz.

And the winner of our annual Christmas tree and $100 shopping spree was:
Breanna Tucker!

Here's to a very Happy New Year! We hope to see you soon!

January 3, 4, 5 & 6th
Deal with the dealers-one day only: Sunday, Jan. 6th!
Half off all Christmas/Holiday items on all four days!
February 7, 8, 9 & 10th
March 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11th
April 4, 5, 6 & 7th
May 2, 3, 4 & 5th
June 6, 7, 8 & 9th

 Watch for more dates still to come!

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Little Alters All Around

Do you believe in the spirit of the holidays?


 The spirit that warms the soul?

 The spirit that allows you to bestow kindness upon all that cross your path?

 The spirit that observes, acknowledges and knows the joy in wonder?

We've got spirit up to the rafters this month, in every corner of the store!

Come and find your spirit this month at Paris Flea Market December 6, 7, 8 & 9th. Just for coming in, you'll be entered into a raffle for a decorated table-top tree with a $100 gift certificate attached!

 Hope to see you soon!

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Chalk It Up to Before & After

If you've been to Paris Flea Market in Livermore, you've already seen the gorgeous furniture we have painted with our CeCe Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paints, which we sell at the store.

 But how would you like to see how they all looked before they were ready for their "close-ups"? Now you can! 

There's a new blog that's dedicated to showing you the condition in which these pieces were found, and how the transformation took place from a questionable start to beautiful finish!

"A Painted Past"  features a new piece every week. The last post shared a wonderful dresser and story sent in by one of our customers who used the paint for the first time! Share your before and after story about CeCe Caldwell Paints at and A Painted Past just might feature you too! 

See more treasures at our sister store, Room With A Past in Walnut Creek, CA November 15, 16, 17 & 18th.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

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 Paris 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 our October opening. (You can click on the photos to see them larger).

This gorgeous buffet/sideboard with an aged-to-perfection finish was one of the first things we waved goodbye to early on during the sale.  We're not sure if it'll be used for its intended purpose of storing china, or not, since there are so many other ways to use it! It's easy to picture it in your home office to house your scanner, printer and CPU. Or in the family room, under the wall mount TV and all the media equipment stashed inside its beautiful exterior! Wait, stop your dreaming! It was priced at $195.00 and now it's gone!

Another sideboard with an all together different look; part apothecary cabinet, part kitchen island! We love the painted and natural wood treatment on it because it gave it a twist on a traditional look, making it an easy piece to add to almost any style home. $195.00 took all the parts of it right out the door!

When's the last time you had a moment to yourself? Believe me, you'd make the time to sneak away to a cozy little nook if this Louis XVI chair was waiting for you there!  We loved the painted wood frame with layers of green and cream, to say nothing of the gorgeous neutral fabric and trim! It's sitting pretty at its new home after checking out at $185.

All dressed up and somewhere to go! Here's a darling little dresser, painted a soft blue/green and hand waxed to give it an aged finished, but it's really not too old. We find lots of these pieces, but they are made of a solid wood that's not too much in demand anymore. So we give them a makeover that's just right for today's look! With a flirty scalloped skirt, and a price of $165, it caught someones eye and home it went!

Coffee, tea or table? Serve yourself at this fabulous table with a oh la la fleur di lis hand painted smack dab in the center. It's such a great size, and there's an extra shelf underneath for that overgrown magazine collection of yours.  $159 made it an easy decision for one of our smart customers.

And for our last adieu, we watched this beautiful, curved front, five drawer dresser head 'round the corner home just before we flipped the "closed" sign on Sunday. We thought $245 was a great investment on a dresser built to last forever and will look elegant doing it!


Maybe next month you'll see a picture of what YOU bought 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.) Our November 1- 4th opening will be full of lots of holiday goodies and one-of-a-kind must haves! Hope to see you there!

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Witch Hat Do You Like Best?

Things got a little scary during our October 4 - 7th opening at Paris Flea Market. And by "a little" I mean we had some small participants in our annual $100 prize Witch Hat Contest! They were accompanied by their mom, Louise Jones, who also had a lovely entry into the contest:

Next, our door was darkened by Nancy Thomas, shown below, who came in with the smallest witch hat entry on record!!! How can you choose between them all???

  But, we knew we were looking at the winner when we saw this number fly in later:


How can you not be moved to shrieks and applause when you see the skeletons looking over the brim and the spinning witch on high, commanding attention?!?!?!?! 

You are the winner of a $100 shopping spree at Paris Flea Market!

Thanks to ALL of our customers who participated this year! 

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Our Annual $100 Witch Hat Contest!

Can you hear that screaming? It's our customers burning their fingertips with hot glue as they boil, boil, and toil & trouble away creating their witch hat entries for our October 4, 5, 6 & 7th opening!   The prize is a $100 Shopping Spree! There's still time for you to fly on in and throw your hat in the ring!

Here are some of the customer creations from last year (fangs for the memories!) to get you in the "spirit"!


Wear your creation any day during our opening, let us snap a picture and get your name before you ride off on your broom into the night! We'll put it to a vote and pick "witch" one we like the best after the sale! It's a ghoul time for all!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Did We Mention...?

We love it when our customers have blogs! We love it when our customers who have blogs blog about their visit to Paris Flea Market! That's just what "newbie" to our shop, Helene, did earlier this month. She is a self-professed "bargain shopping addict" and found our shop to be Diary Of A Thrift Shop Girl blog worthy !

(Photos from "Diary Of A Thrift Shop Girl")

She wandered leisurely throughout the rooms and upstairs into the Paris Cafe, taking pictures and most fun of all: SHOPPING! Her blog's tag line is "feather your nest on a very small budget" so how could she resist?!?!? Thanks Helene!

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