Paris Brocante Calendar – May and June 2009

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Diva Tip!
In Paris during May & June, brocantes (roving flea markets) are held almost EVERY weekend!!

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Recently, while in Paris collaborating with the sensational Claudia Strasser of Paris Apartments on a behind-the-scenes Paris flea market tour for an upcoming Travel+Leisure article this Fall 2009, I picked up a flyer at the Eglise d’Auteuil Brocante advertising the following upcoming Paris brocante dates!

May & June, 2009 Paris Brocante Calendar

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Avenue Secretan Paris XIX
Metro Stop: Bolivar anticipated 100 vendors

May 15 – 17 Friday – Sunday
Rue de Courcelles Paris XVII
Metro Stop: Courcelles/Perreire anticipated 150 vendors

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Boulevard Edgar Quinet, Paris XIV
Metro Stop: Edgar Quinet anticipated 120 vendors

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May 23 – 24 Saturday – Sunday
Avenue de la Republique, Paris XI
Metro Stop: Parmentier anticipated 100 vendors

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May 30 – 31 Saturday – Sunday
Rue Lecourbe, Paris XV
Metro Stop: Sevre Lecourbe anticipated 120 vendors

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June 6 – 7 Saturday – Sunday
Rue Cler, Paris VII
Metro: Ecole Militaire anticipated 120 vendors
Note: This market is an Antiques Diva™ favorite as is the charming Rue Cler! Stop for lunch at Café du Marché.

June 13 – 14 Saturday – Sunday
Avenue des Gobelins, Paris V
Metro: Les Gobelins anticipated 120 vendors
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June 20 – 21 Saturday – Sunday
Boulevard Voltaire, Paris XI
Metro: Charonne anticipated 100 vendors

June 27 – 28 Saturday – Sunday
Rue d’Alesia, Paris XIV
Metro: Alesia anticipated 50 vendors
Note: Depot Vente d’Alesia, a favorite Antiques Diva resource for dirt cheap and dusty bargains, is in the area!
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Village St Paul, Paris IV
Metro: Saint Paul anticipated 50 vendors
Note: Check out the antique vendors of the Village St Paul while there!

July 2 – 5 Thursday – Sunday
Quai de la Tournelle, Paris V
Metro: Maubert-Mutualité anticipated 90 vendors

MARKET HOURS: Most flea markets listed run from 7am – 7pm.

All these spring flea markets are coordinated by SPAM – Société Parisienne d’Animation et de Manifestation. To check dates for SPAM’s upcoming flea markets, visit the SPAM website. Sadly the site is only in French but is easy to navigate. The home page lists “prochain brocantes” (or next flea markets) on the right hand column giving dates and addresses – remember French dates are done Day/Month and not Month/Day – so May 7 becomes 07/05 in French – in other words 07/05 DOES NOT MEAN JULY 5th! To go further into the site, click the second tab on the top marked “Brocantes” and a list of upcoming dates and addresses will appear!

Word to the Wise: From time to time, the roving flea markets simply don’t rove – in other words, brocantes are always subject to cancellation if they don’t get enough vendors, the rain is torrential or the mayor has a hidden agenda and needs the boulevard kept open on a particular day. While brocantes are not cancelled often, it’s good to be aware that cancellation is always possible.

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right enjoying the blooms with The English Rose)

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • Dear Diva! I’m back from Paris and would be very happy to send you some of my pics for guest post, I didn’t make it to the brocante (in fear of spending too much money) but I’ve seen some lovely passages and could tell you all about it!

  • Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 I’ll have to direct my friend Andrea to your site…she also lives here in Germany and she LOVES antique shopping!

  • Vosges Paris/Desiree –

    You must go to these roving brocantes… You’ll love them! Trust me! Seek them out when you’re in Paris. I love the lack out tourists you find at them as opposed to the more beaten-tourist paths of flea markets of Porte de Vanves or Les Puce de Clignancourt! (which as you know are also great, but different)

    Indeed I have lived in both Paris and Amsterdam. I lived 5 years in Paris 2000-2005, and almost 4 years in Holland 2005-2009. Now, I’m a debutante in Berlin learning the ropes here – so you’ll be reading more and more about flea markets happening in Germany as I get more familiar with my new home.

    Naturally, I’ll keep posting on my my most beloved places in Holland, Belgium and France! In fact, since moving to Berlin 3 months ago, I’ve had to go to Holland 4 times and have 2 more trips planned and have been to Paris once and might be going again next month!

    The Antiques Diva (TM)

  • Sarah Sophia,
    THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE SOMETHING PRETTY AWARD!! What a wonderful surprise!! Promise to get the pics emailed to you soon…my husband showed me what I was doing wrong! So glad you enjoyed the Paris post!!

  • Although I live in the beautiful city of amsterdam I Love Paris 😉 I am planning some visits this summer to the Paris fleemarkets… but maybe these little brocantes are even better… Grrr I must goand find out ;P

    PS You write a lot about my town, have you act. lived here?
    A la prochain , desiree

  • I LOVED THAT POST! REALLY — USEFUL!!!

    THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND WHEN YOU CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THE PICTURES SMALLER, JUST SEND THEM AGAIN PER E-MAIL!
    MEANWHILE I WILL TRY TO CLEAN OUT MY IN-BASKWET, PERHAPS THAT WILL HELP AS WELL?

    ANYWAY… JUST TO REALLY STRESS YOU HERE’S A LITTLE SOMETHING. I THOUGHT SOMONE WHO LIKES PRETTY THINGS THAT MUCH NEEDS SOMETHING PINK AND PRETTY:
    http://weihnachteninskandinavien.blogspot.com/2009/05/spirit-of-life-lebensbekraftigendes.html

  • Fifi Flowers,

    “Le Sigh”… I love it, I’m going to quote you and start using that phrase!!! I do think, by the way, that I did get an extra sprinkling of Cinderella dust on my life!

    Thanks!

  • Oh Diva! I am sooooooooo ready for Paris. The question is however, is Paris ready for The Contessa? LOL

  • Miss Kris,
    Laduree vert is die for! The cherry blossom “rain” is my favorite time of year anywhere in the world… sadly however my allergies never like it, so I tend to send little achoo-tornados in beautiful bouquets around me!!!

  • Polly –
    Bon Voyage and Happy Brocanting!!! I’d love for you to write a guest blog for The Antiques Diva site about your Parisian adventures and flea markets finds!!!! Sharing any Paris discoveries (restaraunts, shops, beautiful allees you find along the way)!

  • Ooooh Toma! Beautiful pink ground cover, so LOVELY!!! I would love to stroll a few different brocantes this weekend. Sounds so delightful! Lots of goodies to be found!

    BTW..I too LOVE Laduree Vert…hehe, Miss Kris

  • Thanks for this, dear Diva, I’m off to Paris tomorrow and am planning to visit a brocante on Saturday… weather permitting!

    I love that first picture with the cherry petals on the ground, I hope to capture scenes like this one this coming weekend.