Old Lace, one of the stand at February's needlework fair, Aiguille en Fete
Events,  Shopping,  What's On In Paris

Looking For Old Lace In Paris

Old Lace, one of the stand at February's needlework fair, Aiguille en Fete
Old Lace, one of the stand at February’s needlework fair, Aiguille en Fete

A reader asking where to find old lace in Paris is timely. The annual needlework fair, l’Aiguille en fête, has stands with old lace, old patterns, old old everything related to needlework. The needlework fair takes place between the second and third week of February. One stand at l’Aiguille en fête to look for is Quand nos grands-mères coussaient.

Ultramod comes the closest to selling vintage ribbons, buttons and decorations. Another suggestion is to visit the “Brocantes” or “Marchés aux puces” – flea markets and second hand shows.

Vintage needlework

Visit l’Officel des spectacles for a complete list of current Paris second-hand markets.

For a listing of brocantes held the first Thursday of each month, visit “Some Time Ago“. They have a calendar for the current year.

Framed lace from Calais de la Maison "Solstiss" the wedding dress of Kate Middleton
Lace from Calais de la Maison “Solstiss” the wedding dress of Kate Middleton at Aiguille en Fete

Vide-Greniers (stuff in French attics)

Marchés aux puces at Saint-Ouen – Porte de Clignancourt

Tombées du camion (things that fell off the truck)
Addresses of their stores
For store hours click on Boutiques
17 rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris
Metro: Abbesses or Blanche

44/47 Passage des Panoramas 75002 Paris
Metro: Grands-Boulevards

Puces de Saint-Ouen, Marché Vernaison, Allée 3, stand 107
Metro: Porte de Clignancourt



This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!