vintage finds for a modern world: the paris flea.
by victoria comment

7/7/11

the most famous flea market in Paris is the one at Porte de Clignancourt, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, but known to everyone as Les Puces, or The Fleas. and, it’s the largest antique market in the world, so it goes without saying, that it kind of helps (a lot!) to have your very own guide. i had one of the best guides ever, the lovely and charming jordan of oh happy day! who’s living with her family in paris for the year, and documenting the whole experience on her blog.

jordan has a great post on how to find the paris flea and not get lost (like a lot of people do the first trip out there!). i doubt i would have found my way around without her, or have had so much fun. here’s a few snaps of what we saw at Les Puces…and there would have been tons more, but they do not much care for photos being taken. “non! pas de photos!” but, i risked being beat with a baguette…just for you. :)

• all photos © sfgirlbybay.

31 responses to “vintage finds for a modern world: the paris flea.”

  1. Oh, I’m drooling… so much goodness! Thanks for sharing! I’ll be in Europe in time to visit the market in Tongeren, Belgium. I have heard great things about that particular fair but after seeing your pix, I’m determined to someday make it to les puces :)

  2. Wow! Thank you for risking it! These are amazing! It only fuels my desire to jump on a plane even more! :) Can’t wait to see more from your trip!

  3. Lovely! The St. Cloud is my favorite flea in Paris – found an amazing vintage jet bead necklace, as well as some huge vintage marbles. The only difficult thing is figuring out how to get everything home again!

  4. agreed – thanks for taking the risk. the photos are beautiful and full of enticement!

    what did you buy there (besides that adorable little egg cup)?

    so glad you could take that trip. hope my family and i can do the same soon!

    kathy

  5. I have been to this flea market, and while I loved the experience and the eye candy, I found the majority of things were ridiculously over priced. Am I the only one who thought this?

  6. You are brave. I thought I might get my throat slit trying to take pics in a Paris flea market (Vanves for me). It was one of my most disappointing photo experiences. In London they are much friendlier about photos as you may have experienced when you were here :) I still love Paris! Good for you for getting some great pics.

  7. Lovely photos Victoria! Unfortunately when I was last in Paris I dint get to to this flea Market :( have you been to vanves? I went to that, smaller but lovely! I took loads of photos no one said anything, I’m assuming, reading by the commments they don’t like that?! Well I guess I wasvlucky then ;)

  8. Lovely photos Victoria! Unfortunately when I was last in Paris I dint get to to this flea Market :( have you been to vanves? I went to that, smaller but lovely! I took loads of photos no one said anything, I’m assuming, reading by the commments they don’t like that?! Well I guess I wasvlucky then ;)

  9. Beautiful photographs and by far my most favorite flea market in the world. I love the way they pull out their tables, bring out their lunch and bottle of wine and sit and have a leisurely lunch as everyone walks by. What a life!

  10. your photos are a wonderful memory jogger for me – i love that market and have returned home with many treasures! there is a restaurant in the midst of it all — the name of which i can’t recall — but each table has in the center a mold of butter as big as a triple layer cake! oh the joys of shopping and dining in Paris!

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