Antiques Diva Podcast: From Poubelle to Puce: The Origins of the Paris Flea Market

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top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>In the annals of famous French men, Eugène Poubelle gets a seriously bum rap, having been all but forgotten by the sands of time. The innovative, forward-thinking of one man led to the clean-up of the city of light, and in today’s Antiques Diva Podcast I’ll tell you how inadvertently – thanks to he and his amies efforts – “les puce de Paris”, the famed French flea markets, were born.

 

Eugène Poubelle is the Poubelle of poubelle fame and trash containers wouldn’t be called poubelle in French if it weren’t for his contribution. This is the man who introduced the dust bin to Paris, and inadvertently, thanks to his efforts, les puces de Paris—the famed French flea markets—were born… the chiffoniers had began to see the benefit of the Parisians sorting their trash and instead of openly working during daylight hours they stole through the city by moonlight, picking the best of the bundles. The next day they would return to their post at the Porte de Clignancourt and the Porte de Vanves and Montreuil where they set up shop in makeshift shanty towns, selling the bric-a-brac they had found the night before.

While the goods for sale were intriguing, there was one flaw to the plan: often the goods for sale were infested with fleas, leading the Parisians to call an outing to the markets at the edge of town as going to “the fleas,” hence les puces de Paris.” Thanks to Monsieur Poubelle et ses amis the Marché aux Puces de Paris/St-Ouen flea market was born and today each weekend you still find flea markets at these same city gates. The rest is history. Rumor has it, the Paris Flea Market now boasts more visitors per year than the Eiffel Tower.

To read the entire article on the origins of the Paris Flea Market as published in the Bonjour Paris Newsletter, read tory/poubelle-puce-origins-paris-flea-market/”>“From Poubelle to Puce”.

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

Ask The Antiques Diva™ – Bonjour Paris

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Each month I write a column for Bonjour Paris Newsletter titled “Ask The Antiques Diva™”. In this month’s column a Parisian party planner takes time off from the hectic world of weddings to plan her own vacation in the Paris of the East. I dish out advice, giving her best bets for buying antiques in Budapest. From the Ecseri Flea Market to Falk Miksa utca, I explain why I think Budapest is called the Paris of the East!

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Until next time, Happy Reading!

The Antiques Diva™

Bonjour Paris – Ask The Antiques Diva™

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In my tory/ask-antiques-provence/”>“Ask The Antiques Diva™” column from this month’s Bonjour Paris Newsletter, a reader writes in to ask about “Antiquing in Provence”. I discuss my favorite flea markets in Provence and recommend an essential book for travelers in France. Plus, I share tips on why you should and why you should not shop in l’Isle sur la Sorgue!

tory/ask-antiques-provence/”>Click Here to read the article at Bonjour Paris – the definitive guide to France!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. Email me at to:toma@antiquesdiva.com”>toma@antiquesdiva.com to find out how you can get a FREE Bonjour Paris Premium Membership (a $39 value)!

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Angelica Arbulu Photography

Spring Parisian Flea Market Calendar

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top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>The Antiques Diva™ is going Double-Diva on you… not only will you find me writing here on The Antiques Diva™ blog as normal, but twice a month you can also read my column as the In-House Antiques Expert in the Bonjour Paris newsletter – the definitive guide to Paris! I’ll be writing about everything from my favorite flea market towns in France to giving tips on how to bargain in France, what to buy and where and when to buy it.

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Make sure to subscribe for free to the Bonjour Paris newsletter by clicking here!

Spring Paris flea market calendarBonne Shopping,

The Antiques Diva™