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Coffee Mills (Marché de Montreuil -- Paris, France)

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Published on Aug 27, 2012

copyright 2012 Lisa B. Falour, B.S., M.B.A. all rights reserved LISA, INC. (EURL) cutecatfaith.com

The Montreuil market is open year 'round every Saturday, Sunday and Monday -- afternoons, generally. It is all outdoors and is on the East side of Paris. There are plenty of métro and bus stations around here, and a new tramway is almost ready to operate.

I saw some old coffee mills for sale and though I nearly stumbled over the bases for the umbrella coverings she had up over her wares, I thought these looked very pretty and still functional. Being able to grind your own coffee beans and chicory with no batteries or electricity is a plus! She also had some very nice antique oil lamps for sale, in wonderful colors and in perfect condition. Despite their fragility, I can ship anywhere in the world, carefully packing, registering and insuring items.

I saw old quill holders, gold and silver tableware, porcelain, calipers and drafting tools and instruments -- all kinds of things! Tourists are probably more at ease over at the famous Clignancourt markets ("Les Puces") in Saint-Ouen at the Northern end of Paris, but for certain things such as clothing, shoes, accessories, suitcases, some antiques (I saw a wonderful bow-topped steamer chest in a nice medium-size, for example), rugs, makeup, gifts, housewares, books, vinyl records, etc.; you just can't beat the prices in this grungy, gritty, cash-only place. I also saw a 1950s pressure cooker in perfect working condition for 80 euros and I am sure I could have gotten it for less had I wanted it. It looked like something from a mad scientist movie but really solid and functional. An oldie but a goodie! I find jam and jelly-making kits here, butter churns (antique, hand made, fully functional), quality tools, useful antique objects which are highly decorative and made of precious metals ... all kinds of stuff, because the French are frugal and tend to hang on to their things for life and then pass them on to family, but second-hand items are not considered "good." It's silly, really, but that makes France a collector's paradise! I can guide you and arrange shipping everywhere, whether your items are large, small, few or many.

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