Paris is an endless treasure trove of all old stuff and curious stuff. One reason has to be that Paris and it's culture have been around so long. It has developed a sense of both the divinely charming and the really odd. Curiosity, after all, is a French word. In this case it is to be considered "an unusual knick-knack."
Adam and I had read about a curiosity shop called Tombees du Camion in a French decor magazine as we were flying home-last year! We were so excited about the prospects of visiting, we kept the article with the intent of visiting it once we returned. Fast forward to now.
On our first trek to find the odd little place, we couldn't! We left the article in our apartment that had the exact address listed. Sacre Bleu! We took our chances anyway and looked in every nook and cranny of the old covered passage. No luck.
When we returned, with the address in hand, we found it right away. But no wonder it was difficult to find. It's a shop probably no larger than a 6 x 10 foot space. It's small, very small- did I say tiny yet? There isn't even an official check-out area. Just a nice young lady sitting on a bar stool with her money belt, calculator and credit card machine. The only way to see everything is to walk around and around, looking in each and every bin, and looking high and low. Even with a space this small it is easy to miss something. It must look odd from the outside watching curious customers walk around and around in the same fashion.
But for such a tiny space it is chock full of the most interesting and tiny curiosities you could imagine. It had everything from old doll eyes to vintage barrettes, from tiny metal cars to beaded flowers, from plastic donkey heads to paper fruit. Bins and bins of funny little unusual knickknacks. Some of the offerings were a little too odd for Confectionique (not quite sure what to do with the eyeballs and donkey heads) but we did find a some treasures to bring back ...you are likely to find these treasures in the Bon Bon Room starting with October's "Midnight in Paris" market starting with our Nuit Blanche on Thursday, October 18 and continuing until Sunday, October 21!
October "Midnight in Paris" Market Hours (PLEASE NOTE - These dates are one week later than our normal schedule!):
Thursday, October 18: 5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, October 19: 11am-2pm
Saturday, October 20: 10am-4pm
Sunday, October 21: Noon-4pm