Been really busy as usual. Still negotiating on the new space and still unpacking and organizing beads in a temporary location. The Czech glass wall is done, CzechMate Tiles, Tilas, Twins, Super Duos, 3.4mm drops, 8/0 and 11/0 Triangles, and glass pearls have all been unboxed and hung. Almost all of the seed beads (anything in tubes) as well as the 1.5mm, 1.8mm, 3mm and 4mm cubes and bugles have been organized. A lot done but still have lots to do.
Also have finished some projects to be submitted to the TrendSetters that will be published for Tucson. I have used some of the new bead shapes so I can't show you those until they are officially announced in January. But here is one bracelet using Super Duos that I can show you.
Paris Flea Market
The history of the flea market dates back over two centuries, when men scoured through the garbage of aristocratic Parisians at night to find their cast-offs to sell. Many set up their temporary stalls within the Paris walls. These neighborhoods became full of pickpockets and thieves and they were eventually chased out of the city walls to Clignancourt, Montreuil, and Vanves which were the gateways to the city.
The markets are called Les Puces (translation the fleas) because presumably the clothing and other items found in the garbage were in fact infested with these bugs. Fortunately, just the name remains and the largest of these markets is the one at Port de Clignancourt.
Since I was looking for buttons, keys, lace, trims, postcards, photos - basically anything I could use to make jewelry, we first headed to the smaller market at Vanves which is the southern port (gateway) and not far from our apartment.
|Found some lockets including a lovely French |
photo souvenir locket at this table.
Also bought some tiny brass keyhole plates.
|A sampling of some of the things we found here.|
|The Port de Vanves flea market is located |
on Line 13 in the 14th arrondissement
which includes most of the Montparnasse area
(remember that tall tower in a lot of our photos).
A really wonderful day today. Weather was good, subway was easy and I was not only visually stimulated, but found some wonderful items as well. Next is the big flea market at Port de Clignancourt which is north of Paris. More on that on the next post.
For more info:
Porte de Vanves Open Saturday & Sunday until around 1:00 - avenue Marc Sangnier & avenue George Lafenestre
Metro: Porte de Vanves (line 13)
06 88 64 82 77