Flea market meandering


Saint Ouen  Marché-aux-Puces, Paris

Schmoozing, mingling and cruising through the stalls while bartering, scheming and hustling to try and  strike a deal, while avoiding the pick pockets. All in the name of acquiring a new object of adulation. The allure of street activity and the outdoors, the eternal search for a bargain amongst the memorabilia, bric a brac, antiques, collectibles and artifacts, has ensured the flea markets are still thriving. In France it is a widespread pastime,where the ‘salons of antiquaires’ display their ‘vides greniers’ ( empty attic ) on a regular basis.

Here are 7 French street markets that are worthy of a visit :

1.Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt, Saint-Ouen, Paris:
Around 3000 stalls, for antique aficionados a must visit.

2. Porte de Vanves, Paris:
The weekend flea market near the Porte de Vanves metro stop in Paris is one of the very best in France, in terms of size and the diversity of its wares.

3. Cours Saleya, Nice: A fairly high quality market open on Mondays, from morning to mid-afternoon. Sunny Nice’s colourful, cours Saleya (just behind the Promenade des Anglais) is filled with around 200 flea market vendors selling their wares. A good selection of ceramics (with some emphasis on regional items from Monaco and Vallauris).

4. Villeurbanne, Lyon: Featuring over 400 vendors and held on Sunday mornings in Villeurbanne, on the outskirts of Lyon, this is one of the biggest flea markets in France.

5. Belfort – Vieux Quartier: this sprawling, large flea market is held on the first Sunday morning of each month, except January and February. Located in the Franche-Comté region, not far from Alsace, this is a great place to discover collectibles of all kinds from the northeast of France.

6. Orléans – Boulevard Alexandre Martin:  wide-ranging, flea market open on Saturday mornings. The several vendors who display their wares in boxes or heaped on blankets will appeal to bargain hunters, it is a day trip from Paris.

7. Toulouse – Allées Jules Guesde:  a large variety of quality collectibles are on offer , with an emphasis more on the decorative then the rustic.

Numerous other French locations such as Anency, Lille , Colmar , Avignon, Metz , Nancy , Reims , Strasbourg , Thionville and Epernay have excellent markets. The annual Fair of Lille on the first week of September attracts around 2 million people from all over Europe.

I have included more flea markets from around the globe below.



Le puces de Saint Ouen –  Art Deco figurine

Photo © Alain.Chantelat.

The advent of the Internet has helped collectors become more savvy when it comes to ascertaining trends and pricing in the antique market. Interest in collecting classic pieces has also been stimulated, so the increased demand has driven prices upward. The popularity of online auctions has also supported the growth in demand, with some sites employing buyers to scout the trash and treasure haunts for antique and vintage wares to sell. The amount of bargains to be found at the street markets has been diminished by the new online markets, but keen buyers can still  find a good purchase. Conversely more people are using the Internet to sell their art objects so there are plenty of bargains to be found.




Les Puces de Paris Saint Ouen sculpture

Bronze sculpture – Les Puces de Paris Saint Quen

photo © Alain Chantelat



Paris street market figurine

 Ceramic figurine from a Paris street market





La grande braderie de lille-France

La grande braderie de Lille, France




Paris porcelain clock with a Turkish Sultana – 1840’s






Flea market st-ouen, Paris

St Ouen flea market




Provencal rustic doll figure

 Antique French doll




French street market gold table

Antique gold leaf table




Betty Boo meets the  Buddhas

Marche aux puces de Saint Ouen




Antiques Market at Toji Temple--Kyoto-City

Antique Japanese ceramic wares

Toji Temple , Kyoto

Some of the Temples and Shrines in Japan are known to hold antiques and flea markets on their grounds once or twice every month, usually on Sundays.

 img_0037 Shitennoji Temple Flea Market, Japan


Shitennoji Temple grounds

 Shitennoji Temple Flea Market

21st ans 22nd every month






French porcelain menu with an angel

 Porcelain menu board




Baderie de Lille, France


 ceramic-bustFrench ceramic bust – French Antique Fair


bloomds-flickr ceramic bust

Porcelain figurine bust  – bloomds-flickr


Fair of Lille stall


Orleans marché aux puces

Bruno-ParmentierJazz Age Cubist sculpture figurines by Prrimavera

Art Deco Jazz figurines

Brussels - street entertainment

Street entertainers

street market painting

Marche aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves, Paris

Carpentras flea market art deco clock

Art Deco Clock – Carpentras street market


Street theatre –  Rue de la république, Avignon

Company-of-Jesus,-Marché aux Puces St Ouen de Clignancourt in Paris

Marché aux Puces St Ouen de Clignancourt in Paris


Ells Encants Vells flea market – Barcelona

Open sided complex near Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes


Encants Nou flea market – Barcelona

One of the oldest flea markets in Europe, since the 14th century


Sevres figurine – Puces de Vanves, Paris


Terracotta Griffon sculpture – Nexu

Brooklyn Flea market lamp stall

Stall of lamp bases – Brooklyn Flea, USA


Copenhagen flea market

Flea Market - Marche aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves

Porte de Vanves , Paris

California - Alameda-Antiques-by-the-Bay-Faire


Alameda Antiques by the Bay Faire, Northern California


African masks at Gauteng Craft & Flea Market

37 Reid Avenue, Linbro Park, Johannesburg


Martine Barthélémy
99 rue des rosiers, Marché Vernaiso

St. Ouen


St. Ouen  marche aux puces

Alameda Point Antiques Faire Panther sculptures

Alameda Antiques by the Bay – Panther Statues

Alameda Point Antiques Faire--ceramic statue

White ceramic statue – Alameda Point Antiques Faire, California

A great waterfront market near Oakland

Alameda-Point-Antiques-Faire--- Quan Yin woodcarving

Quan Yin statue – Alameda Point Antiques Faire,California


Art Deco jug and dish and cabinet -Vanves Flea Market

Le Marché Serpette St Ouen

Serpette Market, Saint Ouen, Paris


Saint Ouen busts

Marcel Guillard Art Deco Nude & Satyr Ceramic Sculpture

Nude & Satyr Art Deco Sculpture – Marcel Guillard


Saint Ouen flea market, Paris

Marche-aux-Puces-Vanves Drunken Sailors

 Drunken Sailors Figurine – Marche aux Puces Vanves


Milan Brera flea market


Petites ‘baigneuses’en porcelaine – Marche aux Puces Vanves


2 large majolica cachepots – marche aux Puces


Colour co-ordination – Paris Vanves market

Portobello-road-antique ceramics

Portobello Road Antiques  UK

Puces St Ouen de Clignancourt Paris

Saint Ouen Antiques

Rose Bowl-flea-market-= California

Lamp with a large shade and a small spotted base – Roes Bowl flea market.USA


Guadalajara’s antique market, Mexico

“If you’re expecting a flea market that requires you to sort through a ton of junk to find a few gems, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this place. Much of the merchandise appears to be in museum piece condition, and it’s clear that the vendors know their artifacts intimately and take great pride in their displays.” – http://antoniorambles.com/


Lyon Tupiniers street market, 2012

140 potiers


Bronze cat, Paris

Vetrine-Stefano-La-Rosa-flickr majolica figures

Majolica  figurines – Vetrine, Italy

Stefano La Rosa – flickr


Hotel Royal Monceau  wall decoration  – Vanves Market



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