The first Saturday of the summer months in Denver, we have a wonderful event called the Paris Street Market. While the atmosphere of a true Parisian flea market can’t be duplicated, it is a pretty cool event. The next Paris Street Market is tomorrow, if you aren’t doing anything tomorrow or if your 4th of July festivities don’t start until the afternoon, I highly recommend making a trip to Littleton to the Aspen Grove parking lot. Better yet, arrange a trip with your favorite designer, who can help you tell the treasures from the crap. Here are some photos of the treasures I found at the June market:
The original vibe of this market was shabby chic. Unfortunately, that look got a bit too common. Thankfully, the yucky imitators are gone and a few vendors with beautiful pieces remain. Here are some distressed items that caught my eye:
These candlesticks almost came home with me. I saw several things this great blue color.
Since the shabby chic look got a bit overdone, some vendors have started to bring the retro/danish modern/MCM look. (I actually bought the bright blue table in the bottom of the photo on the right, didn’t realize it snuck into the picture!)
If you are in the market for a double sized iron bed, they are available in abundance.
This great gateleg table was so covered in dishes, I almost missed it! It is hard to absorb all the treasures.
I was so inspired by this painted furniture in fresh colors, I came home and finally painted my night table (only took 18 months to get around to this little project).
There were lots of great items to accessorize a home and at better prices than the reproductions you could find at Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn.
This vinyl sofa would be great as a banquette in a breakfast nook or in a house full of kids. The vinyl looked nearly indestructible.
With everything from building materials and furniture to accessories and crafts, this unique market is truly a worthwhile stop at least a couple times a summer. Here is their website with all the details: http://www.aparisstreetmarket.com/
In case you don’t live in the Denver area, here is a link to the weekly listings of similar sales from Apartment Therapy. Unfortunately, this isn’t a nationwide list. I am sure a little googling would turn up results in your area. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/weekend-sales-guide-7309-new-york-boston-dc-chicago-los-angeles-bay-area-online-089118
As with all outdoor markets, go early, take your time, wear sunscreen and when you like something, buy it, it likely won’t be there when you go back!