INFOAu Petit Bonheur La Chance
13 rue St. Paul
Tel: 01 42 74 36 38
Paris, France: For addicts of vintage French everything
If you're addicted to all things old, domestic and French, this shop on narrow rue St. Paul is the equivalent of mainlining your entire stash.
Au Petit Bonheur La Chance specializes in the kinds of vintage (and vintage-inspired) finds that you'd squee over if you uncovered just one or two at a countryside flea market; here, there are thousands of them in a jumble. Stacks of 1930s cahiers, wartime parlor games, enamel street numbers, pochoir-decorated cafÃ© au lait bowls, deadstock Christmas cards, those matching kitchen canister sets into which you decant your farine and your sucre, hardy dish linens and more literally cram this joint to the rafters. In the middle of it all, Au Petit Bonheur's expert curator Maria-Pia Varnier sits, recording inventory in long ledgers and packaging some new bauble that's just come in.
Pick up a couple of perfect pieces (we scored some antique kiddie masks), or just spend an easy hour or two browsing. This is the kind of stumble-upon loveliness that makes the Marais such a delight for the aimless wanderer.