Gradually, the historic cobblestones of Paris are being torn up or paved over. Each year now, eight to ten thousand tons of then pile up. So …………
Where do the old cobblestones go? Is there a secret cobblestone burial ground in Paris?
A few years back, city officials in Paris decided rather than dumping the thousands of cobblestones they tore up each year, it made more sense to sell them. The intended buyers, they imagined, would be contractors and builders.
But an entrepreneur named Margaux Sainte-Lagüe knew a good opportunity when she saw it. She bought five tons of the cobblestones for about $200 and started selling them as keepsakes. Now she has a full-fledged online operation, painting and personalizing the discarded cobblestones of Paris and selling them for a tidy profit.
Sainte-Lagüe buys the cobblestones from the Paris City Hall, then cleans, polishes and hand-paints them for sale as souvenirs. At her website, Mon Pavé Parisien, (My Cube from Paris) you can choose from a range of designs for about $68 per cobblestone – and another $35 to have it shipped to the US .
Of course, each stone is numbered and Sainte-Lagüe will happily personalize a cobblestone on request. Mais qui, the cobblestone come with a “Made in Paris” certificate. If you want one for your bookcase, check her online store https://monpaveparisien.fr/