Flea Markets: Where to find designer vintage at Paris' marché aux puces

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We wrote in October with tips for navigating Paris’ Marché aux Puces St-Ouen, specifically where to find the best in oh-so-popular mid-century modern furniture. Why? Because with more than 1700 vendors spread out over 14 different markets hawking wares from 1960s lighting to vintage copper pots, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the idea of a visit to this market, which is the largest in the world. But identifying what you’re seeking in advance and knowing how to find that item will make for a smooth day of treasure hunting.

In this month’s article we’re highlighting where to find luxury designer items of the vintage persuasion (think Chanel). Instead of being concentrated in one of the 14 markets, like the mid-century modern furniture is, these items are actually spread out over several markets, making it all the more imperative that you go armed with the names of some of the best stands.

Flea Markets: Where to find designer vintage at Paris' marché aux puces

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For your Louis Vuitton, Des Voyages (Marché Serpette, Allée 3 – Stand 10) has an excellent selection of trunks, suitcases, bags, and small travel accessories (by LV as well as other luxury brands). There’s also a showroom in the Marais if you’d rather bypass the journey to St-Ouen.

English-run Au Grenier de Lucie (Marché Vernaison, Allée 1 – Stand 25) specializes in vintage costume jewelry from the likes of Chanel, Schiaparelli, and Yves Saint Laurent, from the 1920s on. You may even come home with a crown!

Both Mandana Vintage Paris (Marché Malassis – Show Room 71) and Artémise et Cunégonde (Marché Serpette, Allée 1 – Stand 20) are the places to find your Hermès, Alaïa, and Dior vêtements.

The markets are open Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm, and Monday 10am-5pm. Métro: Porte de Clignancourt (ligne 4).

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Written by Sara McCarty of Context Travel for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.


Sara McCarty for Context Travel

A native of Philadelphia, Sara currently resides in Paris where she takes her passion for French food and culture very seriously. When not eating fromage and strolling in her neighborhood Montmartre, she works for Context Travel and contributes to Condé Nast Traveler among other travel-related publications. Context is a network of scholars and specialists—in disciplines including archaeology, art history, cuisine, urban planning, history, environmental science, and classics—who, in addition to our normal work as professors and researchers, design and lead in-depth walking seminars for small groups of intellectually curious travelers. The Context vision is to bring together local scholars and specialists with curious travelers to educate and impassion them; to allow them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of site to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these capitals, destinations. Context Travel also offers tours, like a shopping visit to the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen.


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