Monday, February 25, 2013
The Object of My Desire: Thoughts of Paris
Anytime I'm at a flea market or in thrift shop, I can hardly keep myself away from a table of postcards where I can literally spend hours enjoying each and every souvenir. I hardly ever buy, but when I do, it's usually a card depicting a place I've traveled and is always blank on the reverse, so I can send it to someone else. Also, I will never pay more than $1 for a card, unless it has something absolutely irresistible on it, such as an image of Dolly Parton from the '70s or a photo from Worlds of Fun when I worked there in the 1980s.
My favorite cards are ones from France, such as these two cheerful examples from Paris that I picked up in a junk shop in New Jersey. While Paris, just like other big cities, is experiencing much change, the monuments on these cards appear as they do today: the Luxor Obélisk at place de la Concorde, l'Arc de Triomphe, le Sacré Cœur, la Tour Eiffel and Nôtre Dame de Paris. And even though progress is now diverting traffic around the place de la République for a pedestrian mall and the Marais is becoming littered with chain stores, this magical city retains the thrill and familiarity that I have known and loved for more than 20 years.
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,
The Elegant Thrifter