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Fine European antiques at French Dibs
If you have never been antiquing in Paris, you haven't fully experienced the city. No worries. There are plenty of European treasures that can be found online--one excellent source is French Dibs. pulls together an incredible inventory of 20th Century European furniture, art, decorative objects, and salvage from European flea markets, galleries, and private collections.

French Dibs is owned by New York-based interior designer and architect Ana Eskreis and Paris-based designer Elisabeth Righel.

I was lucky enough to meet Ana (Scout Paris was recently featured in French Dibs' newsletter) where we talked about our mutual passion for collecting and the difficulties people may face while scouring the markets.

"Even if you are a frequent flyer and visit flea markets around the world, there are two challenges facing even the most seasoned traveler--Is it a real find or a fake and how will I get it home?" says Ana. "Part of the reason why we started French Dibs was to take the hassle and worry out of shopping overseas."

You can tell by looking at the well-edited inventory that Ana and Elisabeth have a great eye and flair for finding unique pieces. While there is a charge for local shipping, prices include international shipping, furniture set-up, and package removal.

An eclectic inventory of chairs on French Dibs....