The Antiques Diva & Co are the ONLY official guides of
The Paris Flea Market – Paul Bert Serpette
The Original Paris Flea Market Tour
Available Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm
Half Day or Full Day Tour
Let our expert Antiques Diva Guides pick you up at your hotel and take you to the famed Puce de Paris St Ouen (Paris Flea Market), complete with 15 districts, over 2,000 vendors and 7 miles of alleyways! It’s easy for one to get lost in the maze of alleys and streets, but our guides know the market like the back of their hand. We weave into nooks and crannies you’d never find on your own. We custom plan a route based on your style and budget, maximizing your time and money. Our Guides have relationships with many vendors and translate and negotiate on your behalf. Use our in-house AD&CO Logistics international shipping services to ship your purchases home; we can also liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your items home.
About Paul Bert Serpette at the Paris Flea Market
Paul Bert Serpette is the flagship of the Puces des Paris Saint-Ouen – it’s actually the world’s leading and largest antiques market – and is positively chock full of the most beautiful antique and vintage furniture, jewelry, design and clothing from antiquity to the 1990’s!
Paris Flea Market Facts
- The Paris Flea Market at Porte de Clingancourt – the Marché aux Puces – opened in 1885
- Les Puces covers 7 hectares in Saint-Ouen, a city bordering Paris
- Les Marché aux Puces is French for “the flea market”
- 120,000-180,000 people visit the Paris Flea Market every week
- There are over 2000 individual antiques and vintage shops
- The Paris Flea Market is open from 10am to 7pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday (fewer vendors are open on Monday)
- Paris metro: Garibaldi station in Saint Ouen, line 13 (see map below)
- The French abbreviation for the Paris Flea Market is MAPs – Marché aux Puces
Competition is fierce when hunting for antiques – Paul Bert Serpette at the Paris flea market welcomes over 5000 visitors each weekend, drawing passionate collectors and connoisseurs from around the world. Walking through the market you’ll hear snippets of conversation in every language imaginable… but did you know this market is as popular with local Parisians as it is with tourists and travelers? This is where locals go to shop on sunny afternoons!
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Take some time to poke around their website: did you know you can source antiques online at Paul Bert Serpette? If you’re looking for something specific their new website even has a feature that allows you to set an alert, telling them what you’re looking for – and when a vendor at the market gets the item you’re looking for you’ll be notified by email.
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Visit The Antiques Diva Blog for news, tips and behind the scenes tours of the Paris Flea Market, here are just a few:
- How to Get to the Paris Flea Market
- Tips for Shopping at the Paris Flea Market
- Best Finds at the Paris Flea Market
- Paris Flea Market Tour with Editor at Large TV
- Why Shop the Paris Flea Market?
- History of the Paris Flea Market
- Les Puces – Paris Flea Market
- Paris Flea Market – What to Buy and How
Watch: Walking Tour of the Paris Flea Market
Visit the Paris Flea Market Marché aux Puces with Toma Clark Haines The Antiques Diva and Editor at Large TV – pt I
The Antiques Diva & Co are the exclusive official guides of
Paul Bert Serpette – The Paris Flea Market
Editor at Large TV: Champagne and shopping at the Paris Flea Market Marché aux Puces with Toma Clark Haines, the Antiques Diva. Arianne Nardo of Interiors Magazine also interviews interior designers Darren Henault, Jennifer Mehditash, Louis Navarrete, Alan Tanksley, Bella Mancini and Rodrigo Vargas. Courtesy of The Editor at Large
Arianne Nardo: Welcome to Le Marché aux Puces: the most famous flea market in the world! Today we’re going learn the ins and outs of sourcing antiques. First, we’re going power-up at a champagne brunch hosted by The Antiques Diva, and we’re going to chat with a lively group of American designers who are gearing up for some serious shopping. I’m Arianne Nardo with Interiors Magazine and you’re watching Editor TV: Paris Edition.
Nardo: So how has the market changed over the years, because you’ve experienced so many incarnations and you’ve been coming for years?
Darren Henault: It used to really be a flea market. People did not have fancy booths and they weren’t styling their booths, it was a flea market and they had booths with a bunch of really cool furniture in it, and accessories and knick knacks and you kind of had to dig through a little bit. And now, people treat their booths like shops, and they’re really styling them and they’re much more edited, and frankly it’s cleaner and they’ve roofed a big section of the market which didn’t used to have roof over it and so it was freezing and raining and cold. Although for some reason it always seems to be freezing and raining and cold at the flea market, I’m not sure why.
Toma Clark Haines: So, the Paris Flea Market is the very first flea market in the world; when Haussman was cleaning up Paris, when he’s cleaning up the streets, and kind of renovating, he took all the people who’d been selling on the street, they were kind of the rag and bone men, he took all of the people who’d been selling on the street and he said, “I’m either going to tax you or you go out of the city”. He really wanted to clean up the city so he was trying to get them out. They went to the ports, they set up shop on blankets at the edge of town, and the Parisians at the time – we’re talking the 1850’s-1870’s – the Parisians of the town, in order for them to purchase from these vendors they had to go out to the suburbs and they would shop. When they would buy something, it would occasionally have fleas… and so they used the expression “we’re going to the fleas!”; so in fact the term “flea market” originated here in Paris for that reason. Now I will tell you, the Paris Flea Market does not have fleas anymore. This is definitely the chicest place on earth.
Nardo: Do you have kind of a strategy or ritual? Do you get in the mindset to shop?
Louis Navarrete: I’m always in the mindset to shop. But the market is a small city, really, so you have to sort of start at one end and work your way around. And the best thing is to get lost, and you never know what you’re going to find.
Navarrete: So that’s part of the charm, part of the fun.
Nardo: Have you ever thought about going with a guide or on a tour for the market?
Navarrete: Yeah actually, I’m going with Antiques Diva, we’re gonna go shopping. Already she’s sort of introducing me to different dealers and it’s been a lot of fun so far, she’s great.
Nardo: And it helps fuel the shopping habit that you really don’t need to quit, I don’t think.
Navarrete: No no, it could be dangerous.
Alan Tanksley: The people who are promoting the party, the antique dealers, I can’t wait to get to know them. I’m just meeting them for the first time, and that will make life so much easier. It’ll take a little bit of the art of discovery away from me but there are times when I don’t have time for that so, that’s when I’ll have my list.
Bella Mancini: My best advice is to definitely be either French-speaking or bring someone who is French, I think it definitely helps with your pricing.
Nardo: How do you like to shop the Market? Do you go to your favorite folks first? Or do you just love to wander?
Mancini: I’m kind of a wanderer, and I really believe in just buying what you love when you see it.
Rodrigo Vargas: To shop in this place is just an opportunity to be seeing history. You just go back with an incredible inspiration and renewed energy.
Nardo: So breakfast is winding down, but the fun is definitely just beginning. I’m going to send it off to Toma Clark Haines, and she’s going to show you how to shop the Marché like a pro.
A tour of the Paris Flea Market Marché aux Puces with Toma Clark Haines the Antiques Diva pt II
The Antiques Diva founder and CEO Toma Clark Haines takes interior designer David Dalton on a personalized tour of the Paris Flea Market Marché aux Puces. Courtesy of The Editor at Large.
Toma Clark Haines: I’m Toma Clark Haines, and I’m The Antiques Diva; I’m here today with two of my designer friends, David Dalton of David Dalton Interiors and Jennifer Mehditash. Today we’re gonna be exploring the Paris Flea Market, with its 7 miles of antique-filled alleyways, and 15 flea market districts. Let’s get shopping!
Mehditash: Let’s go!
Haines: Let’s go for it!
Haines: Okay so this is actually the first place we’re going to go to today, and the reason I want to take you here is when people think of the Paris Flea Market, they tend to think of traditional French furniture,mid century modern, maybe some retro vintage finds, but the fact is you can also find gorgeous vintage fashions. So I want to show you some special Chanel pieces.
Shopper 1: He just bought them!
Shopper 2: Gorgeous Chanel color.
Shopper 1: Look, show her! For Coco, show her.
Haines: And we have one of our clients on tour! Purchase in action!
Shopper 2: Look at you.
Dalton: Oh that is so cute.
Haines: Oh you are good. You get official Diva status.
Dalton: I’m having a heart attack here over this bag. I can’t stand it, this is amazing, this bag.
Haines: Absolutely gorgeous.
Dalton: So what is this?
Haines: 1960’s-1970’s crocodile bag made in France.
Dalton: This is incredible.
Haines: Okay, I have to say, yeah. That’s all there is to it.
Haines: My favorite thing to do in France is to eat French food. So why not go to a complete gourmet kitchenalia store? You can combine antiques and cuisine.
Haines: Now I’m going to take you to one of the most unique pieces I’ve found in the flea market in ages.
Dalton: That’s saying a lot if you consider it to be one of the uniquest.
Haines: It is. And I have to tell you, I think it’s a phenomenal bargain. So, it is a piece of artwork. In fact, it’s part of a collection, the original collection had 30 pieces, and it is the original watercolors from the 1930’s and ‘40’s Hermés scarves.
Dalton: Oh wow
Haines: Signed and numbered. Is this not the most phenomenal thing you have ever seen? They’re selling for around 400 Euro.
Dalton: That seems like a phenomenal deal! These would make a terrific collection.
Haines: Wouldn’t they?
Dalton: Where are we going next?
Haines: So we’re now heading to a traditional French stall, full of 18th-century pieces. So now we’re going into Serpette, which is the inside market. And I want to take you to one of my favorite stalls for traditional French. This piece here I’m completely in love with. It is a Flemish cabinet, a 17th-century Flemish cabinet. It was used in the 17th century, to carry from chateau to chateau. So, what do you think we should do next?
Dalton: How about some uh mid-century, or modern furniture.
Haines: I’ve got just the place.
Haines: Bonjour! Ca va?
Store owner: Just in time for lunch! How are you? Bonjour.
Haines: I have to stay in this store there were so many pieces that caught my eye. Have you heard about the flip-flop table?
Store owner: Let me show you.
Dalton: How smart is that?
Haines: It is self-storing.
Dalton: So practical.
A Personalized Tour of the Paris Flea Market with Toma Clark Haines pt III
Toma Clark Haines, founder and CEO of The Antiques Diva, gives interior designer and blogger Jennifer Mehditash a personalized tour of the Paris Flea Market. Courtesy of The Editor at Large
Toma Clark Haines: So we’re heading to Le Monde du Voyage: The World of Travel, and I really thought that for someone like you, such an international jet-set designer, that this would be the perfect place to take you.
Jennifer Mehditash: Sounds exciting, I’m ready!
Haines: Bonjour Madame! This is the leading source for Louis Vuitton trunks
Store owner: This is pre-1914.
Mehditash: Look at the detail.
Haines: Ah! Pre-1914.
Mehditash: I’m kind of a sucker for nailheads so I’m already sold.
Haines: And here’s where you would put you unmentionables.
Haines: And now, we’re gonna see some repurposed pieces.
Haines: What this vendor does, he is such a genius. He takes all sorts of architectural fragments, and makes them into lamps, into accessories.
Mehditash: Love these. These are really pretty. Oh and these convex mirrors are always really hard to find.
Haines: Do you know the story behind them?
Mehditash: No, tell me.
Haines: Okay. The butler would have a mirror at one end of the room. Well it would be rude for him to stand and watch, so he would stand with his back to the table, watching into the mirror. And so from the convex mirror he could see the entire room behind him.
Mehditash: Oh isn’t that fabulous.
Haines: And then when someone’s glass was empty, he would know to reach over, take the glass, and do a refill.
Mehditash: I think that’s fabulous. I have to put a convex mirror somewhere in my next room,
Haines: I think it’s necessary, your next dining room.
Haines: I’m taking you into a place which has massive skill, radical difference from the last shop and I think that’s what you find in the Paris Flea Market. Now how do you feel about these stairs? They’re really quite special.
Mehditash: These are fabulous. They almost remind me of airplane propellers or, you know?
Haines: I think that was the concept behind it.
Haines: The man who designed them, Roger Tallon, he was the man who invented the TGV, the fast train.
Mehditash: Thank you!
Haines: Merci avoir!
Haines: I wanna take you to some painted furniture.
Haines: The reason I’ve taken you to Bruno, here in the back alley of Paul Bert, is because he has some of the best prices in the Puces. And I think it’s really important for you to see his collection.
Mehditash: You kind of just want to do the “woo”!
Haines: This place is one of my favorites of the Paris Flea Market, I think it is absolute perfection. I love the painted woods, and one of the things that I really like about it is how they are using ancient materials and remaking them. These lanterns are new, you can order them custom-made to any size you want, but they are made entirely using ancient materials.
Haines: As you can see, we’ve just scratched the surface here at the Paris Flea Market. You’ve seen everything from traditional french to mid-century modern, vintage fashion, and so much more.
We would love to invite you to join us on an Antiques Diva European Tour.