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Monday, November 2, 2009

...Exploring different markets!

I live in a central area in Paris ( as I have often shown off the wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower!)....there is a very interesting market that occurs every Wednesday and Sunday of the week. So I buy fresh vegetables, fruits, bread, household items, flowers, you-name-it and they-have-it kind of market. Of course, we often end up buying a lot of stuff that we don't even need! Like we buy a lot of clothes and luckily for me, they even have shoes my size (which is a rarity, coz I have large feet and a large heart! ;-) ).... This time, they had hosted an 'Antiques Market' and I found it really interesting. I was sternly told not to click pictures after some time, so I could not take too many! But here are a few to give you an idea....

















Very interesting furniture and unique pieces....very expensive! ( I stuck to window-shopping!)














I shook the camera....but it is a table designed to look like a ship, it looked really interesting...















African figurines and masks....I have noticed these faces in many homes including mine! It has gained a lot of popularity in recent times.















Of course, art pieces and paintings were there in every alternate stalls and is a very important aspect of Paris. I enjoyed my first 'Antiques' experience and noticed a large crowd of old women near a jewellery stall. The old women are not only very well-dressed here; they also wear lot of jewellery; especially large-stoned rings that tend to cover your entire hand!

I have also seen a lot of flea markets here where people sell their old articles, family heirlooms and sometimes, I have even seen worn-out shoes being sold! Crystalwear is most prominent in these markets. I am not a big fan of second-hand stuff :-) Interestingly, a friend of mine took me a second-hand store where clothes are sold at very low prices and are often clothes discarded by others. I was amazed to see an entire area filled with these shops coz for Indians ( I doubt if such a concept exists back home in India) it is an entirely alien concept. I am surprised that the proud French and Brits are open to shopping here! I am NOT!

5 comments:

Raaga said...

a lot of markets in India (especially ones that sell export reject garments) also sell used clothes... very tough otherwise to buy pure lamb's wool sweaters for 50 bucks in this day and age.

Pretty Woman said...

Raaga,

I was under the impression that the export reject garments are the ones which has some minor defects? They are not worn by someone already?

Anonymous said...

Is this near Bastille?

Deepa

Pretty Woman said...

Deepa,

No...this is in La Motte Picquet Grenelle ( 15th arrondisement)...right below my home!!! :-)

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