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The name of that big, old notions store in Paris
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Date: 11/5/11 5:28 AM

In a few days I will be in Paris, and a needle working friend has asked me to investigate a huge old notions store in Paris, one whose name she cannot remember, but which has been in business forever and which has a huge online catalogue offering things like reproductions of antique needle/pin books or folders, a ton of different kinds of vintage thimbles, ribbons, embroidery threads and patterns, and so on.

I have been to the sites of La Droguerie and General Diff, and They don't seem to offer the kind of vintage or pseudo vintage items she has in mind.

Any ideas from those who regularly haunt Paris?

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Date: 11/5/11 5:35 AM

Could it be any of these from the Sewing Divas website?

or La droguerie
9 et 11 rue du Jour
75001 PARIS

Tl: 01 45 08 93 27
Fax: 01 42 36 30 80


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Le lundi de 14h00 18h45
Du mardi au samedi de 10h30 18h45

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Date: 11/5/11 12:14 PM

Check this blog out. It may have the place you are looking for.

http://www.chinesefrogsinparis.com/?p=159

Another choice to visit for notions in Paris http://www.entreedesfournisseurs.fr/index.php

I have been to Moline and La Drougerie. Moline is in the middle of all the 18th arr/Montmartre fabric district. If you are looking for buttons, I highly recommend both of these shops.

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Date: 11/5/11 1:08 PM

Hi Elona,

The first place that popped into my mind re: vintage was Ultramod on rue de Choiseul in the 2nd. But I don't think that could be the place, though, since I don't think they sell online. But I could be wrong. I've only just looked in the window there, never been inside. This blog has a write-up of the shop.

I'll be in Paris next month and this time, I will be sure to make time to go inside!

Pretty please, let us know if you find the right place. Have a great trip!

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Date: 11/5/11 4:21 PM

Thank you for your help, ladies! As it happens, my friend found the name of the place while. I was waiting for your help. It is Sajou

Apparently it was bought and restored in the early 2000s. I will go and check it out for my friend--but for myself I will also check out the links you have given me.

Thank you all so very much!
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Date: 11/5/11 4:43 PM

I'm so glad she found it. Thank you for letting us know!

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Date: 11/9/11 12:29 PM

Bonjour ,
Sajou isn't a shop , it's a company that supplies retailers. You will find their vintage reproductions in the haberdashery at the Bon Marche department store.
Have fun in Paris.

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Date: 11/9/11 4:54 PM

My friend did not know they were an internet presence, but a closer look at their site reveals that. They do mention that le Bon Marche is a good source, so I will check that out tomorrow, probably along with about four or five other retailers in Paris. Plus Tissus Reine. Gasp. Can my feet hold up?

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Date: 11/11/11 5:07 AM

Yup, the third floor of Bon Marche had quite a few of the cutely-packaged Sajou products, things like various types of needles and threads in very pretty little paper "books" or folders, lots of boxes, both wood and paper-covered, with the antique Sajou label on them, and other similar knickknacks by competing firms. Bon Marche also has one of the best yarn departments I have seen in France, with (for a change) yarn, knitting needles, and knitting supplies ALL IN THE SAME STORE! I nearly fainted when I saw that, after having bought yarn in Phildar yarn shop in another part of France, where I needed to drive forty miles to another town to find a store that sold fat needles. They did not have the right size after all, so I had to go to yet another town for that, and still another town to get stitch markers. Things can be somewhat different over here.

The ribbon supply was a disappointment, though; you can literally get the same stuff and better stuff on eBay. In my opinion, Bon Marche really shines, as mentioned before, in the button department. I scored many fine buttons, ah, yes.
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Date: 11/11/11 11:23 AM

If you're still in Paris, Mokuba is a ribbon store, very nice but expensive.
Ruth

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