Last weekend, my boyfriend and I went to a friend’s wedding in Paris. I’d been looking forward to the weekend for ages, not only because I was excited about the wedding (which was a lovely day full of laughter, dancing and lots of delicious food and champagne!) but I was eager to visit another Parisian flea market!
Last summer, I visited the famous Marché aux Puces St Ouen in north Paris (you can read about my visit here). I enjoyed wandering around the vast alleys of vintage and antiques goods but the market was quite overwhelming. This time, I was hoping that we could visit a market that was small enough to see in a few hours rather than a whole day!
Fortunately, I found Flea Market Insiders, a fab resource containing reviews of flea markets and vintage fairs around Europe. The review for Porte de Vanves flea market suggested that it was just what I was looking for plus it was only a few stops on the metro from where we were staying.
On Sunday morning, we dragged ourselves out of bed and headed down to Porte de Vanves metro station a few minutes away from the market. We arrived at around 10.30, not as early as I’d hoped (we’d been dancing at the wedding party until late!), but there was still a lot of activity with stalls stretching along the pavement for three or four blocks.
While my boyfriend went in search of a much-needed morning coffee and croissant, I headed off into the market. Some stalls were extremely well-presented with antique china, linen and other curios carefully displayed across the tables. Other stalls were more akin to those at a jumble sale with piles of items, often in different states of repair, some in bargain boxes on the floor. I saw quite a lot of things I liked although many were either way out of my price range or too large to carry on the Eurostar! However, I was pleased with my two purchases: a slightly worn vintage biscuit tin with a picture of a courting couple on it, and seven large vintage wooden cotton spools. I’ll share some pictures of these once I’ve had a chance to photograph them. In the meantime, all of these photos are of items that caught my eye while wandering though the market.
I’m always up for visiting a flea market or two while I’m visiting different places, so I’d love to hear your recommendations of a favourite vintage or flea market or even car boot sale!