Expert Advice: An Insider’s Guide to Sleuthing Antiques and Housewares in Paris

Laurie Furber has what might be the ideal job: going to France to source antiques and vintage finds for her Bay Area–based shop Elsie Green. When we asked her where she eats and sleeps when she’s on a sourcing trip in Lyon, her answers singlehandedly moved the city to the top of our must-visit list. (See Expert Advice: Lyon Travel Guide, Design Edition.) This year we circled back with Laurie to ask her for her off-the-beaten-path picks in the French capital—specifically, where to score Parisian antiques, high-end castoffs, and curiosities. Here’s her insider’s guide to shopping in Paris, from a luxe shoppable apartment to the best places to score secondhand finds.

Above: Finds from France inside the Elsie Green emporium in California.

The Flea Market

The Street Market

Above: A Vintage Grey Bistro Chair, found in France and available via Elsie Green.

The Bric-a-Brac Shop

The Shoppable Apartment

Above: The flower shop inside Peonies. Photograph from Shopper’s Diary: Peonies in Paris, for Flowers and Coffee.

The Flower Shop

The DIY Emporium

Above: At Elsie Green, shelves of stoneware and glassware.

The Secondhand Shop

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Above: Furber’s respite from shopping? “Fulgarances en Face is a fairly new wine bar with chic vintage decor. The perfect place to pass an hour or two before le diner begins at the Parisian dinner hour of 10 p.m. or so.”

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