Strolling through flea markets is a Parisian custom that dates back to the early 1900’s when the first second-hand dealers tracked down discarded clothes, furniture and ornaments at night to sell at the market during the day. They started to specialize in the search for antiques and knick-knacks on the outskirts of Paris. In particular the areas with the first markets were Montreuil, di Vanves and di Clignancourt.
What can be found today at the flea market? Everything: frames, armchairs, souvenirs, prints, suitcases, writing desks, cutlery, atlases, compasses as well as old sailing ships, coins, watches, photographs clothes, artistic ornaments and in general everything that people collect. Creative artists, set designers and interior designers use flea markets as a source of inspiration..
The most famous flea markets in Paris are:
Marché de la Porte de Vanves, open every Saturday and Sunday. At the crossroads between avenue Georges Lafenestre and Marc Sanghier (Arrondissment Paris 14), it is the only completely covered antique market. The best time to visit the flea markets and get the best deals is early morning. There is the example of the famous purchase at the Vanves Market of the priceless first-ever portrait photo in history for just 600 ff, a photo taken by Daguerre, the actual inventor of the daguerreotypy.
Since that bargain in 1989, this market has become famous as the place to find precious photographs.
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The Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen, is easy to reach from Paris with the Line 4 Metro from the Porte de Clignancourt station. It is one of the biggest antique markets in Europe. It is also the fourth most visited place in France and the second in Paris, with 1500 stalls of antique dealers and “brocanteurs” or junk dealers. It is a true citadel of antiques spreading over 16 markets, antique centres with arcades and bistrots, each with its own name and specialization. Here is a selection of some of the most characteristic ones .p>
In rue des Rosiers : Malassis, collectors’ items, antique watches and toys Cambo, 17th and 18th century furniture, ceramics and antique musical instruments Biron, 19th century furnishings Vernaison, atlases, sextants, compasses and quality ceramics Dauphine, 1700’s and 1900’s furniture In rue Jules Vallès : Jule Vallès, posters, antique arms, bronzes and books Malik, a favorite spot for young Parisians looking for authentic jeans and old LPs.
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Le Marché de la Creation Paris Bastille is on boulevard Richard Lenoir, in the 11th arrondissement, open every Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Photographers, painters, sculptors, designers, ceramic potters, goldsmiths and engravers propose their work. It’s a pleasure even just admiring their creations.
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