If you've stopped by our new Soho shop, you've probably noticed all the vintage pieces layered in with our own DwellStudio collection. The concept for 77 Wooster centers on our philosophy of decorating the home overtime—thoughtfully adding pieces collected on travels and incorporating heirloom accents passed down from generation to generation. We see the home as an ever evolving narrative—constantly in motion—like life. Which is why we outfitted our store with a well-curated mix of new and vintage finds.
Christiane and our design team are always on the hunt for antique treasures to add to our growing mix of curiosities available at our flagship. Over the years Christiane has become an expert on sussing out flea market finds. So we decided to give you a full breakdown of all her flea market insights—from Bangkok to Atlanta—as told to Condé Nast Traveler.
Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market
“There’s an antiques section where I have gotten artisan curios."
"Beautifully made inlaid boxes, lacquered cups, and hand-worked brass bowls that are black on the outside, and polished on the inside—at great prices: $25 to $100 for the boxes, and $50 for the bowl.”
Shanghai’s Dongtai Road Market
“This interesting road is filled with all kinds of art and the most beautiful Chinese antique pieces: carved ivory, small cast figurines, little brass objects in interesting shapes.”
Lille, France’s Braderie de Lille
“Held the first weekend in September each year, this is an amazing flea market that sees almost a million visitors each year."
"I look for crystal chandeliers and French furniture to refurbish. A lot of furniture guys go here to get inspired for new designs.”
Paris’s Porte de Clignancourt and Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves
“Clignancourt has everything—my favorites are the pieces of beautiful European midcentury furniture—and Porte de Vanves is more attic-sale-like, with vintage textiles and bric-a-brac in boxes that you riffle through."
"I bought the two beautiful crystal lights in the shop’s window at Clignancourt. And since these are permanent markets, some of the stalls are just beautiful—so well merchandised.”
Brussels’ Vieux Marche du Grand Sablon
“Brussels is what Paris used to be in terms of pricing. At this market, on Saturdays in the city’s central square, I’ve found silver peacocks and a full set of Rosenthal china with platinum on it that’s so beautiful—and only cost $80. I also love the Sunday morning market in Waterloo, where there are 300 stalls and lots of interesting, small things.”
Massachusetts’ Brimfield Antique Shows
“We just found 11 bird paintings that came out of the aviary of one of the old Steinway mansions at this fair. It’s just so awesome. There’s vintage jewelry, lighting, and various objects, and it’s well organized: it’s easy for the amateur flea marketer to buy something there and ship it home.”
Atlanta’s Scott Antique Market
“I’m always quizzing dealers about where they’re getting good stuff, and this is supposed to be the best flea market in the country now. It’s smaller and less sophisticated than places like Brimfield, which means it’s cheaper: Northeastern flea markets have become much pricier in the past five years.”
Check out the full feature over on CNTraveler.com, and see more of Christiane's flea markets tips here>