Markets: Paris – Porte de Vanves Flea Market

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This is a good old-fashioned street flea market where you won’t find too many tourists and where you’ll feel immersed in ordinary Parisian life and a world of curious bits and pieces.

It’s on throughout the year every Saturday and Sunday (holidays included) from 07:00 to 14:00. The Avenues of Georges Lafenestre and Marc Sangnier are lined with stalls that appear to be spilling out with the contents of a million Parisian attics. In amongst the personal debris, you’ll find some solid rarities and soon you’ll realise that this is the place that the real old traders come to to get away from the bigger brasher versions at Saint-Ouen and Montreuil.

Walking carefully through the market of more than 380 vendors, you’ll find old rare coins and books, jewellery, old items of artistic quality from France, Africa and the Orient, as well as clothing and vinyl records.

Another feature of this market is that in the afternoon as the show winds down, you’ll see more and more of what the French call biffins – specialists in recycling odds and ends, like something straight out of the film Micmacs à Tire-Larigo!

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