What is it that makes someone start a collection which alters the course of their entire life? For Mel Birnkrant, it was an iron Mickey bank he saw at the Paris flea market in 1958. His hotel room rent was $30 a month and the toy was $10. It was in that moment, at the one and only Marché aux Puces, Mel was first bitten by the collecting bug. It would take him many more years to understand how that toy had such power over him.
Paris's Best Antiques and Street Markets - A great list of trinket and furniture shops, and neighborhood markets - Shown, Au Petit Bonheur de Chance, Paris...I think we all deserve a shopping vacation in Paris, France! - the guardian, UK