A weekend swing around town to bargain hunt at les marches au puces.
Weekends are the times to find pop-up flea/antique markets (brocantes) all over Paris. Posters occasionally point the way but even better is the website Vide-greniers.org. It’s in French but pretty simple to navigate. Links to location maps are included.
Be sure to check out the big vintage show this weekend: Salon du Vintage, http://salonduvintage.com, entry 4 euros, Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux, 48 rue Vielle du Temple, metro: Saint Paul/Hotel de Ville
The small scale makes the Marche aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves a unique weekend shopping outing. The market occupies two avenues in the 14th arrondissement of Paris: av. Sangnier and BC. Georges Lafenestre. Open 7 to 2 p.m. It takes place every Saturday and Sunday of the year, holidays included. There are over 380 professional vendors hawking vintage clothing and furniture, fixtures, tableware, glassware and silverware, fabric, antique jewelry, cameras, phonographs and radios, books and old papers, coins, medals and militaria, paintings, drawings and engravings; photographs and postcards, curios, toys and folk art, religious objects, oriental and African arts. Whew! I’m a regular and it never disappoints.
Pop up at the Vanves metro stop on the weekend and you’ll find 300 flea market stall holders nonchalantly awaiting your browse-by. Be aware they all close down around 1 p.m. I like the scene here, the small scale, the neighborhoody feel, the expectation of getting a bargain. Expect to discover vintage clothing, ceramics, jewelry, war memorbilia, art deco, photography, paintings, fabric, lace, dolls. glassware, books, 50s and 60s curios, old magazines, furniture, toys and that perfect trinket to bring home and remember your trip to Paris.