Dispatch from {one of} the Paris Flea Markets

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Welcome to the Clignancourt Flea!

Bonjour!  Here is our dispatch from the Paris Flea Markets.  If you want to shop like Bill Gates, then I suggest you set your sights on the Clignancourt Flea Market in Paris (France, not Texas).  I’m not trying to make you jealous, but I’ve recently returned from two weeks in Paris which included a day at the mother of all Paris Flea Markets. Which one, you ask?  Well, considering there are many choices, we opted for the Clignancourt  aka the Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt.  Why this particular market?  Because it’s easily accessible by the Metro, people kept mentioning this one, it’s known as one of the largest fleas in Europe and it has over 2,500 stalls filled to the brim with a fascinating mixture of  merchandise and because if it’s good enough for Bill Gates…

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Lots of Silver to choose from
Lots of eye candy at Clignancourt
Lots of eye candy at Clignancourt
Everything from high brow
Everything from high brow
To Take Your Pick for 2E$ each
To Take Your Pick for 2E$ each

If you’re considering a trip to Paris yourself (or at least want some serious armchair travel), then you’ll definitely want to bone up on some insider tips from the experts starting with the book Markets of Paris, now in its second edition, which tells you everything you need to know in a fun and colorful fashion about how to score big at the Paris fleas.

I also recommend perusing the many helpful posts on Trip Advisor as well as the Paris Perfect blog for their tips on how best to enjoy your time there.

And, here’s my own two cents:

1) Hit this Saturday-Sunday-Monday market on a Monday if you can, as it is way less crowded, with the understanding that some of the stalls may be closed.  I actually found this to be a good/bad thing because it made the market slightly less overwhelming.

2) Stop for lunch at Les Gastropods (loved their salad nicoise)!

3) Be sure to stop at the store Tombees du Camion which specializes in “repurchasing stocks of disused factories.”  Look for their industrial lights and other cool objects at Allee 5 – Stand 92.   In my humble opinion, their two stores in the market were the most unique and interesting of the entire bunch. If you miss them at the Puces Flea (what the Parisians call it), they also have a store in Montmarte at 17 Rue Joseph de Maistre.

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Gold Letters at Tombees du Camion
Industrial Light Magic at Tombees du Camion
Industrial Light Magic at Tombees du Camion
More reasons why I love this store
More reasons why I love this store
Wall flowers at Tombees du Camion
Wall flowers at Tombees du Camion
Beaded Flowers at Tombees
Beaded Flowers at Tombees
Lunch at Les Gastropods
Lunch at Les Gastropods
Cuteness abounds at Clignancourt
Cuteness abounds at Clignancourt
I've never seen so much high-end vintage jewelry in one place
I’ve never seen so much high-end vintage jewelry in one place
Couldn't pass up some ceramic door knobs
Couldn’t pass up some ceramic door knobs
You might see a bit of this on Mondays at the Flea
You might see a bit of this on Mondays at the Flea
But then this will make up for it
But then this will make up for it
Paris flea markets
Les Gastropods
I Love Anything Shoe Related
I Love Anything Shoe Related
Paris flea markets
Good Place to Buy Your Lock for Pont des Arts
Paris flea markets
Au Revoir for now, Clignancourt

You may also want to download this map of the market as it is very easy to get lost in these 7 hectares of antiquing wilds.

So, if you’re in the market for a gold gilded rhino’s head or a set of glass eyeballs, the Clignancourt is where you’ll want to be!  Enjoy!

Clignancourt Flea Market (Marchés aux Puces de Saint-Ouen)
Saint-Ouen, adjacent to the 18th Arr.
Closest Métro stop: Porte De Clignancourt
 
Hours: Saturday 9 am-6 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm, Monday 11am-5 pm
 
And, for more information and flea market tips in Paris, check out David Lebovitz’s blog here!  He’s got a very comprehensive list of flea markets in Paris and his blog is truly wonderful!  Enjoy!
 
And, Happy Thrifting!
Mimi

 

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