I've always wanted to go to a French flea market ever since I saw them on one of the antiques shows that my Dad watches. I yearned for the charm and spontaneity of goods in one place (rarely found in the UK) and somewhere that I could find pieces that I could keep forever to remember my trip. I love antiques because they already have their own story and now I can introduce them into my collection and future story. I already have a weak spot for cut glass and unusual objects so I was looking to add to my collection and find something relatively cheap and lightweight for the flight home!
After obsessing over Timeout Paris for weeks I chose Marché aux puces de la Porte de Vanves because the description said it was small but still had a lot of gems. I did originally want to go to Europe's largest flea market but I felt sorry for my family and needed to get to Champs Élysée before the coach to the airport.
We devoured french breakfast pastries at a nearby bakery and then entered the market. It was like my heaven. Just like the review had said, the market contained everything from postcards to chairs, perfume bottles to french fabric and vases to tools.
I made a new friend (below) at the postcard stand where I bought one of my best friends a postcard of the Opera area because it fulfilled his challenge to find a souvenir for a Euro! Saying 'Bonjour' to the dog also felt incredibly adorable.
Not many of the venders spoke English which was unfortunate on unpriced items. However, I managed to haggle down a silver trinket cigarette box from 40 euro to 35 euro in French! Turns out the lady could speak very good English but I was still proud of my French efforts.
I could have easily spent all day and all of my euros at the market but we had a time restraint so we made our way back towards the centre of Paris to the Champs Elysée. I wish I had taken more photos of the market but I have promised myself that I will return very soon!
Hey Charlotte, what did you buy?
A small vintage tin - 3 Euros
Ornament silver table lighter - 5 euros
Cigarette holder trinket box - 35 euros
Postcard - 1 euro
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