Paris Flea Market Kitchen Finds

For anyone with an interest in cooking, a trip to the Paris brocantes -- roving antique fairs that set up shop around Paris in every season but summer -- is a lesson in kitchen nostalgia. From vintage kitchen canisters and coffee mills to 19th-century locked crystal sugar boxes used to store the then-precious sweet stuff, there's always something fascinating to discover. Here are kitchen-related highlights from the latest bi-annual Salon Antiquites Brocante at the Place de la Bastille, which runs through May 18.

Vintage figurines and salt or mustard containers celebrate the chef.

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In the age of the instant espresso maker, colorful vintage cafetières are used now as decoration or vases.

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Old coffee mills are decorative, but those in good condition can sometimes still be used.

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Vintage hanging salt containers are another common brocante find.

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Fancy locked sugar boxes from the 19th century.

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Vintage kitchen canisters:

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Vintage Champagne buckets:

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- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com

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