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Best Antiques in Paris

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If you'd like to fill every nook and cranny of your home with antiques and unique decor items, Le Village Saint Paul is the ideal shopping destination. Old silverware, jewels, pieces of furniture and even antique postcards form an impressive array of goods for your home and office. With over two decades of amassing the highest quality antiques, any shopper is sure to find a personal treasure.

If you want to get your hands on a 1958 Rolex watch or folk art from the 19th and 20th Centuries, then this is the right place to come to. This is one of the most famous auction houses in Paris, and holds more than 150 sales in a year. Most of the sales take place in its exclusive Art Deco showroom. Other interesting items that are auctioned include wines, playing cards and contemporary art. Another aspect of this place is poster auctions, so don't forget to try and catch one. Check the website for dates and more information.

This world-famous auction house opened its doors in 1967 and since then it has been auctioning legendary items at legendary prices. Sotheby's should be your destination, if you want to pick up art deco, art nouveau, European silver or 20th-century paintings. It's not difficult to locate this place as it is located near the Elysee Palace in the Galarie Charpentier. It boasts of more than 20 sales per year. So, the next time you are in Paris, visit Sotheby's and discover the collector in you. Check the website for auction dates and details.

If Paris is the city for antique shopping, then Le Village Suisse is the epicenter for rare masterpieces. This antique market was formerly the exhibition site for the 1900 World Fair. Today, it is home to around 150 antique dealers and decorators, whose forte is 18th-century French furniture and African primitive art. The shops out here are worth a look, with some rare and interesting pieces on offer. Some rare paintings are also available here. There is one guarantee: if you come here, you won't leave empty-handed.

The world's biggest flea market welcomes 200,000 visitors each weekend. You name it and this place will have it: furniture, pictures, new and second-hand clothes, all at rock-bottom prices (especially if you're a dab hand at haggling). There's a jovial fairground atmosphere with the aroma of food wafting around and people crowding round the stalls, hoping to pick up a 1970s leather jacket or a rare Louis XV chest of drawers. Make sure you have cash on you, as stallholders seldom accept credit cards and the nearest available cash machine is always lined out.

Et Caetera is a splendid shop that has several antiques that would leave you completely awe-struck. The intriguing designs over the 19th-century vintage brass chandelier, exquisite marble candle-stands, oak dresser, wood and stucco cabinet, superb statues and a variety of other things would simply steal your heart away. If you had not been interested in history until you visited Et Caetera , this shop sure will compel you to fall in love with it; it's that rich and appealing!

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