Flea Market Paris (Le marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen)
The world's biggest flea market welcomes more
than 200,000 visitors each weekend. You name it, this
place has it: furniture, pictures, new and second-hand
clothes. There's a jovial fairground atmosphere, with
the aroma of food wafting in the air and people crowding
round the stalls
How to get to the Flea Market
When you get to the station Porte de Clinagncourt, you will see many people flow to a direction, and there are many shops selling clothes, shoes, low price watches and other electronic appliances in the street. That is not the good market . The real flea markets are inside, after you go through the crowded streets.
Every Saturday from 8h30 to 18h30
Every Sunday from 10h to 18h30
Every Monday from de 10h30 to 17h30
Official flea market hours are opening at 8am but most stall owners are still setting up or having their coffee at a nearby café until 9am. If you get there early, plan on having a leisurely Café Crème and watching the antiques world start up for the day. If youre a serious shopper, watch out as it becomes very crowded after lunch!!
Flea Market Tips
Important Note: Be careful to hide wallets and purses; as in any city, big crowds are a great place for pickpockets to work. Hide your wallets under your shirt or sweaters around your neck. You dont need a lot of cash anyway, as most dealers accept credit cards. Attention the nearest available ATM always has a line. Dont bring your passports to the Flea Market or miscellaneous credit cards that you wont use: we have never needed our passports to buy there because antiques do not have VAT for the detaxe refund. We do charge antiques on our credit cards, so bring the essential ones.
Go to the Flea Market in the morning as it becomes very crowded in the afternoon.
Negotiating: Remember that everything is negotiable.
You dont have to complete the sale on the spot; get a mobile phone number and call the dealer the next day to negotiate. If they havent had a big weekend (and with the Euro at new highs against the dollar, business is very slow) they are more willing to give a good discount.
Description of the markets
Rue des Rosiers is the main street which you walk down in order to go into the different markets.
A wonderful selection of objects, an elegant gallery that lies alongside the Vernaison market, several stand selling paintings, porcelain, chinese furnitures.
This market is the favorite for all the antics professioanls worldwide. You're certain to find your heart's delight here. The are not the cheapest stalls, but the selection is vast.
A restored area on two floors with more than 20 dealers, located just after Marche Biron.
Everything from rare antiques, to decorative furniture pieces, books, prints, vintage clothing.
L'Entrepot (The warehouse)
The taders here speciallize in outsized items, monumental staicases, bookcases, marble table tops.
Jules Valles Market
Specialities and unsual objects, posters antique weapons, bronzes, book or records, military uniforms. The market is without pretention, looking like more your attic.
Selling furnitures and objects from the XVIIIth and XIXth, as well as silver, asian and archeological pieces.
With more than one hundred stalls, you can find military
surplus, leather jackts, trainers, incense, make-up.
Paul Bert Market
Paul Bert is certainly the most relaxed atmosphere of the flea market. Decorators comme here in search of rare piece: bistro furniture, decorative ornaments, Renaissance objects, primitive art, furniture, prints, paintings, mirrors, luggage, vintage clothing, hardware, art deco hardware.
Around 10 stalls, specializing in light fixtures, Art deco items, Art Nouveau litographs, glasswork and bronzes from late XIXth et XXth.
Serpette has developed a reputation for fashionable goods and art nouveau of the highest quality, at prices regarded by some as excessive. Connoisseurs and antique lovers will find here more than 130.
Wonderful, winding market where you can find from furniture to beads, to missing parts from anrique commodes, textiles, paintings, antique toys. If you're looking for paintings and smaller objects it'a place to go.
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