After a week’s worth of museum visits nestled in between business meetings, delicious croissant breakfasts and fantastic dinners as only the French can conjure up, even the most intrepid seeker of “finds” may find herself just too exhausted to go once more “on the hunt”.
However, that certainly isn’t the case for Jennifer, Way2Finds co-founder. As anyone who follows Jenn’s adventures through the @Way2Finds Instagram feed already knows, sizzling temperatures, torrential rain or a nor’easter’s wild winds don’t hold us back. So, what’s a little exhaustion?
During such a trip in the not-too-distant past, on a Saturday morning, Jennifer found herself entering the Marche aux Puces de las Porte de Vanves Having already sated many of her buying impulses at not only Les Puces de Saint-Ouen at Ponce de Clignancourt the weekend before as well as by visiting many of her favorite Paris haunts (ranging from Printemps and Bon Marche, to Colette and Merci-Merci to the enticing boutiques throughout the side streets and alley ways of Marais) she wasn’t looking for anything in particular. However, isn’t that always when the magic happens?
Happily wandering through the stalls, all of a sudden something unusual, unexpected caught her eye. There, in an unassuming box, were puppet heads. These weren’t just any heads, though, but beautifully crafted from exquisitely formed papier mache. However, as much as she immediately fell in love with them she couldn’t immediately imagine how to actually use these so, sadly, she walked away.
A couple of hours later, though, and despite purchasing a few other “finds” along the way, she still couldn’t get those heads out of her mind. She HAD to go back, and soon they were hers.
Fast forward to several months later back in New York City. Those much beloved heads were now buried in her basement but Jenn kept thinking about them, feeling perplexed – loving them but not sure yet how to display them in a way that could be enjoyed by not just her but by visitors to her home. Then she finally hit on an idea – why not mount them? So she bought a piece of wood, found a way to show them off, and the result is below. And no, this is not a find she’ll part with!
“What I have come to realize is if you truly love something you should buy it even if you don’t know exactly where or when you’ll be able to enjoy it,” says Jennifer. She adds “if something catches your eye that you truly love it can become one of your prize possessions.” Great advice for all of us!