Biffins are pretty much waste pickers or junk traders. Biffins are part of Paris and its history Usually they are poor people trying to survive by selling on street corners what they found in recycle bins and trash. In Paris they are tolerated and they even have their own "market". What is not tolerated is for them to just hang on a street trying to sell their merchandise. This morning there were a lot of them. I am not sure if they had the proper authorization to be there, usually they just show up and hope they won't get kicked out by the police.
Biffins sometimes have lovely items, but not this time. It was either half emptied packages of used of beauty products, shoes and some dirty clothes. But one of them had this lovely bronze owl statue and I bought it. It's quite heavy: 12 ounces. It's 3 1/2 inches tall. Lovely patina. I have no idea if it's old or not, it's not a signed piece. Might not be very old (or it might) but it's such a beautiful decor piece.
If you visit Paris and want to see the Biffin market, go there: Marché des biffins de la porte montmartre Paris 18ème. It's open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays
|My bronze owl, cute isn't it?|