Shop Visit: Au Petit Bonheur la Chance, Paris

OH. MY. GOD. If you like vintage stationery, Au Petit Bonheur la Chance is pretty much the best place in the world.

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It’s stacked floor to ceiling with vintage homewares and stationery and is BRILLIANT. This is going to be a bit of a picture-heavy post, because in writing this I’m finding it hard to describe so I’ll let the photos do the talking.

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You have to be prepared to rummage a bit to find the good stuff – but beware, the owner will tell you to put everything back where you found it!

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She also knows her stuff and doesn’t do bargaining (we tried…)! It covers everything from random Chinese pencil sharpeners, to school notebooks, a great selection of rulers, and every conceivable size and shape of eraser. Although it may look quite unorganised in these pictures, there are definite sections, and as I said before, everything has its place.

Here’s all the bits I came away with:

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I can only imagine this is a school exercise book. I really love the flamingo design on the front cover, so cool. It’s a reporter style notepad, and the lines on the inside are a strange long, thin grid. I’ve not seen this before… Maybe it’s used for maths? Or handwriting practice? I don’t know.  (Also, just to say, this picture looks like it’s been stretched, but it really is just long and thin.)

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I also got this lovely wooden set square, and Mallat Triplex eraser. I love the colour scheme.

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This little notebook intrigued me so much that I had to buy it. It seems to be a notebook from a workplace insurance company… I think. It’s not clear what the purpose of the notebook is, to keep note of your workplace incidents? Who knows… Anyway, I absolutely adore the design on the front cover, it’s perfect. I even like that it’s wonky! It must be pretty old, possibly very early 20th century.

And this is my favourite find:

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A Microtomic Van Dyke pencil from the 1950s by Eberhard Faber, with it’s familiar ferrule, à la Blackwing pencils, which were originally made by the same company. They must have decided to get a bit more use out of that ferrule machine.

Anyway, you can see how much I found in about 20 minutes – I got all this for about €20, God knows how much I could have spent… It really feels like you’re hunting for treasure in there! If you are in Paris any time soon, I can’t recommend this place highly enough. Just go.

Comments

I think I would probably hide somewhere and try and spend a night in this shop. What a treasure trove x

Posted 3 years ago by Worshipblues Reply

    Haha, good luck trying to find somewhere to hide – it really is packed floor to ceiling with stuff!

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