We woke up early Sunday morning to get to the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen – an enormous flea market that’s one of my favorite diversions in Paris. Our mission: to find a vintage display case for the new Miami store. I had one picked out at Paula Rubenstein’s amazing store in New York, only to lose it at the last minute due to my indecision.
There’s an amazing wealth of stuff to look at, and somehow the fact that it’s French stuff makes it all the more interesting. Exhausted, and chilled to the bone in the misty rain, we finally found Guy-Laurent Seruk in the Marché Vernaison, a master known for his vintage shop fixtures.
There, we chose a graceful oak, metal and glass case made by Siegel in the early 20th century. There was just something about her curves, the delicate fluting, and the patina of the metal. I could not leave without that display case.
The ending is happy: we bargained, we won, and our display case is now on a boat on its way to Miami.