Before we arrived in Paris, I had grand dreams of rummaging through flea markets all day long and finding countless treasures to bring back home.  But this was not the case for two reasons.  Firstly, we were often having such a relaxing time in Paris, allowing ourselves to take in the city and all of its beauty – that I realised I needed to allocate some of my time to activities other than flea market shopping.  And secondly, by the time we got to Paris, our suitcases were FULL – and there were only the tiniest pockets of space left new purchases.  Having visited the famed Clignancourt market with my parents on my last visit to Paris, I wanted to try somewhere a little smaller, more manageable and with more opportunity to discover true treasures.  On our second last day, we walked (and walked, and walked) from our apartment to a tiny flea market in Place d’Aligre (map), just by the Marche d’Aligre Food Market.  This type of market would not be for everyone.  Surrounded by locals, it has a very authentic feel – old toys, cutlery, boxes and old suitcases filled with mostly trash and a few treasures.  Lots of rummaging, not much in the way of true antiques but proper bric-a-brac.  My kind of heaven.  I allowed myself 3 items:

A box of old, decoupaged Christmas baubles that I can decorate the tree with every year and be reminded of wandering through Parisian streets.

A detailed silver trinket holder which I’m undecided what I’ll use for at this stage, but love nonetheless.

Two beautifully coloured and aged vintage prints which are ready to frame and hang in our house.

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15 Comments on Vintage Finds: Parisian Flea Market

    • brownpaperbelle
      June 10, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am (4 years ago)

      Aren’t the colours lovely?!

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  1. msmuppet
    June 6, 2013 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm (4 years ago)

    That sounds like just my kind of flea market…I will have to hunt it out when in Paris!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 10, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am (4 years ago)

      Definitely do! It was the perfect morning outing.

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      • msmuppet
        July 13, 2013 5:30 pm at 5:30 pm (4 years ago)

        We went yesterday! I bought a beautiful leather satchel (7 euro, a steal!) and my friend got a set of Diamino which we are still deciphering how to play. The produce market was amazing too (photos on my blog). Thanks for the tip 🙂

      • brownpaperbelle
        July 14, 2013 8:51 pm at 8:51 pm (4 years ago)

        Oh I’m so glad you liked it! And what great purchases! Thanks for the update 🙂

  2. Liz
    June 6, 2013 8:33 pm at 8:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Your blog is as close as I’ll ever come to Paris! Beautiful things. I see the authentic feel in your pics. 🙂

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  3. evandaestes
    June 6, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm (4 years ago)

    I agree with Rachel! Prints are lovely!

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  4. Amy Watson Smith
    June 7, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the article about the Paris fleas. My husband and I are taking our 16 year old daughter to London and Paris in mid-July (her first time) and we are so excited. We will only have about 4 days in each city but I definitely want to hit at least one of the flea markets. If you knew you only had a few hours and a modest amount to spend but want something unique, which one would you put on the top of your list?

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    • brownpaperbelle
      June 10, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am (4 years ago)

      Hmmm…if only a few hours then probably one of the smaller ones as the famous Clignancourt Flea Market takes quite some time to get to, I would allow half a day at least to make your way there, look around and return home. I’ve read about a wonderful market if you are there over a weekend called the Portes de Vanves Flea Market in the 14th Arr. http://www.marjorierwilliams.com/148/portes-de-vanves-flea-market-paris/. Let me know how you go! Enjoy Paris.

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      • Amy Watson Smith
        June 10, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am (4 years ago)

        Thanks so much for your suggestions. I will let you know what we decided on when we return.

  5. Christine
    December 7, 2013 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Very jealous! I’ve been to Paris twice and missed going to a flea market on either occasion. Hopefully next time I can remedy this!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      December 13, 2013 7:24 am at 7:24 am (3 years ago)

      Oh you need to! Parisian Flea Markets are the stuff of dreams. x

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