Vide poche

One of the pleasures of Paris is constantly discovering new places, even in areas I thought I knew. Today, my discovery was Tumbleweed: artisant d’art ludique (ludique means amusing) on 19, rue de Turenne in the Marais district. The owner, Lynn Rovida, is a totally delightful and totally bilingual American. The store has been open since 1989 but the selection of goods changes constantly, so when you see something you like, and you will, snap it up. The shop is filled with a quirky and fun assortment of French sourced goods, including retro-style totes and organizers, puzzles and games, stuffed toys, and funky slippers. This would be a great spot to buy gifts to take home or something wonderful for you. I opted for the latter. I loved the bags and other accessories inspired by nostalgic photos of France. The designer photographs existing businesses that have that quintessential French look and prints the photos on fabrics that are then turned into chic totes, toiletries organizers, change purses, soft-sided boxes for stashing all sorts of unsightly things in style. I succumbed to the vide poches (veed posh), which literally means “empty pockets.” We’d say “change tray,” although these ones are wall pockets rather than trays. I’m going to hang one by the front door for my cell phone and charger so that I might actually remember to take it with me (J) and I’ll hang one from magnetic hooks from my fridge for mail. It’ll be a big upgrade from the acrylic pouch that’s there now. They are as beautiful as they are functional, but Lynn told me I’ll only be ready to move to Paris once I can hang them for their aesthetic appeal and not worry about utility. Since I have a fantasy that just the right organizer will transform my life, I may not be quite ready yet. Sniff.

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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