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Ten Tips for Shopping The Paris Flea Market

As the exclusive antiques tour guide company for the Paris Flea Market Marché Paul Bert Serpette, I want to share a few of my shopping tips if you’re planning an antique buying trip in France! Armed with these tips, shopping the Paris Flea Market will be a breeze!

My Top 10 Tips for Shopping The Paris Flea Market

1. While I swoon for stilettos… the Paris Flea Market is not the place to wear them.
Bring comfortable shoes! A loafer or ballet flat or even a cute sandal with cork soles works… key thing is be prepared to walk a lot! With mile upon mile of French antique stands, it’s important to wear comfortable shoes!

2. Bring cash!
While some vendors accept credit cards, the old adage is still true, “Cash is king!” Having cash on hand also helps when bargaining or asking for a discount. Also remember that you can also have your shipper pay for your purchases on your behalf, doing a bank transfer to the shipper for the cost of your goods.

Toma Clark Haines Top 10 Tips for Shopping The Paris Flea Market

3. Hire an Antiques Tour Guide!
While the market is open to everyone, an Antiques Diva Tour Guide unlocks the experience, introducing you to the best dealers, those secret sources and areas of the market you simply would never find on your own. Your Guide can also confirm provenance and a fair price. Another important thing your Guide does is gets you to the perfect place for lunch! At The Antiques Diva & Co, our guides all speak French, live locally, and are familiar faces while shopping The Paris Flea Market which means that many dealers know them and understand that when an Antiques Diva Guide brings a client, they mean business. This also works in favor for our clients since it means we have large buying power. We’re not just coming in with your purchase… but the collective purchases of all our clients! Simply put with higher buying power we get better prices than you could ever get on your own.

4. Know about international art and antiques shipping!
Whether you choose to use our in-house shipping division or go with one of our favorite shipping partners such as Edet, not knowing how to get it home is never an excuse to miss out on a purchase! Depending on the size of your purchase, you may even be able to send items through La Poste— the French postal system – our guides can assist you with this.

10 Tips forShopping The Paris Flea Market

5. If you’re buying smalls, consider bringing an empty carry-on
with you so you can fill it with purchases that you can take home with you on the plane!

6. Be open!
You may have a shopping list with you—and that’s great—but be open to everything The Paris Flea Market has to offer. You may end up finding that one thing you didn’t know you needed!

7. When shopping The Paris Flea Market don’t just think of yourself!
It’s the perfect place to find truly one of a kind souvenirs in Paris for friends and family. Who needs a t-shirt when they could have a vintage necklace or a perfect hotel silver teapot from Paris?

8. Talk to vendors – ask questions – and express your interest and enthusiasm.
The Parisian Flea Market vendors are lovely people. If you’re open and friendly and interested in their product, they’ll be interested in you! Remember, as grandmother always said, “You can catch more flies with honey.”

Shopping The Paris Flea Market

9. Don’t expect things to be dirt cheap.
Yes, It’s a flea market. But honey, these items are often several centuries old! You’re paying for 100’s of years of dust on these items -and the older it is the higher the price is going to be.

10. Once you’ve finished shopping the Paris Market… don’t forget about the “Other Paris Flea Markets.”
While I love the Marché aux Puces St-Ouen, I equally adore the Marché aux Puces Porte de Vanves and it’s a ball to head out to shop all the local one-weekend brocantes and vide greniers. Consider going off the beaten path in Paris for more flea market shopping!

11. And yes, at The Antiques Diva & Co we always like to go a little above and beyond so our Top 10 Paris Flea Market Tips has 11 tips.
The fact is the Paris Flea Market is the kind of place you’ll want to return to over and over again. It’s an experience that can be repeated but never feels repetitive due to the constantly changing inventory! As the only approved guide of the Paris Flea Market Marché Paul Bert Serpette, we love creating an experience for our clients whether they are first-time shoppers or rookies.

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Email us at info@antiquesdiva.com for more information on planning a custom tour for you. We’d love to help you navigate the vast market and create a lifelong memory!

Bonne Shopping!

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®

Les Puces en Lumier

Dear Diva Readers,

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On this enchanting evening, the many vendors of Paul Bert Serpette will transform the market into a scene straight out of the cinema, using thousands of tiny lights to create a surreal atmosphere. As the sun goes down, shoppers will be able to browse through stand after stand, filled with the world’s finest and most unique antiques. And this party will be in true French fashion, with live music and several vendors offering nibbles and libations. Imagine sipping champagne and enjoying delectable pâté while discussing an 18th century painting with fellow antique enthusiasts—all under the moonlight!

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If this sounds like your ideal evening in Paris, be sure to register here as this festive evening is by invitation only. The rest of the weekend will have plenty of events at Les Puces as well. On Saturday and Sunday, the general public will be able to shop the markets and enjoy this exciting time of year in Paris.

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As always, if you’re interested in taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour, email us for more information at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to custom plan a private tour for you!

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Au revoir,

The Antiques Diva®   

How to Find the Paris Flea Market

Dear Diva Readers,

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It is always difficult trying to navigate a foreign city, but Les Puces can be tricky to find.

As the only official tour guides of Paris Flea Market Paul Bert Serpette, here are The Antiques Diva’s tips on how to find the Paris Flea Market.

How to Find the Paris Flea Market

First off – the area surrounding the Puce is always a surprise! It’s located in what I call “the armpit of Paris”—the northernmost area of the city near the Porte de Clignancourt.  This is the type of neighborhood that makes you want to watch your wallet and hold your purse close! It’s a pick-pocket’s haven so BE CAUTIOUS. My go-to technique when meandering in an area is to wear dark shades and avoid eye contact with the humanity. Oh and yes, when I pop out of the flea market the first thing I always think is… “Oh the Humanity!”   Don’t let this dissuade you – you just need to push past the populous.

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To get to the flea market, take the metro line 4 from anywhere in the city to the end of the line and get off at the stop Porte de Clignancourt. There will be signs that point to Puces de Paris in the metro station so go ahead and follow those. When you come up to the street exit, you’ll see on the opposite side of the road a small market set up—the kind that sells sunglasses, fake designer bags, t-shirts and even stolen cell phones. Don’t be fooled—this is NOT Les Puces! Most people go wrong at this point and give up, thinking that the Paris flea market of their dreams doesn’t exist.

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What you need to do at this point is walk down Avenue Michelet and go past the overpass which is the highway periferique (it circles Paris). Turn left when you see Rue des Rosiers. Once you’ve arrived at the corner of these two streets. you’ve officially made it to the Paris Flea Market! When you get there, you’ll find 15 miles of antique filled alleyways, so it can be a bit overwhelming. Where do you go? What sections specialize in what styles? How do you get your purchases home? That’s where we come in. Our Diva Guides will take you to the best spots in this vast flea market, all the while translating and negotiating on your behalf. They’ll even help liaise you with your preferred shipper.

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If you happen to be going on your own, however, I’ll give you my three favorite areas of Les Puces. The first is Marche Vernaison which will be on the right as you enter Les Puces. This market has smalls and perfectly packables which are attractively priced. You can find good jewelry, small paintings, hotel silver, porcelain, and other tabletop items.  The second area I love is Marche Paul Bert which is best described as the Paris flea market you’ve always dreamed of shopping!   It’s what you see in photos when you google Les Puces and it is where the magic happens. A mix of furniture, decorative antiques, industrial items and much more is all set up in proper shops rather than tents. It’s styled and romantic—just what you imagine Paris to be.  Lastly, be sure to visit Marche Serpette which is connected to Paul Bert as the covered section of the market  and perfect should a rainy day make you need to run inside for shelter!

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At my famous annual party in Paris during Maison Objet with a team from IFDA

So there you have it! Don’t get detoured when trying to find the Paris Flea Market. Use this guide and if you want a seamless experience, email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com to book a tour of this world famous treasure!  While you can always shop the market on your own… we save you time and money by shopping with us! You tell us what you want and we plan your day to get you directly to the areas of the market where you’re most likely to find what you’re looking for!  And then we negotiate – getting way bigger discounts as locals who are seen shopping the market every weekend of the year – than you as a tourist would get. And then we liaise you with an international shipper to help you get your goods home sweet home across the pond!!

Want more of the Paris Flea Market!?? Watch me on Editor at Large TV here (toratlarge.com/editortv/a-tour-of-le-marche-aux-puces-with-the-antiques-diva-part-ii/279″ target=”_blank”>part 1) and (toratlarge.com/editortv/a-tour-of-le-marche-aux-puces-with-the-antiques-diva-part-iii/278″ target=”_blank”>part 2) here.

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

Les Puces – Paris Flea Market

Dear Diva Readers,

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The good news is that the new owner claims to have bought the two markets “out of passion,” and has committed to preserving their eclectic character. Rumor has it there is a renewed sense of optimism for Les Puces de Paris.

One thing is for sure– we’ll be watching and keeping you updated on relevant changes and exciting additions to this popular flea market tour destination!  You can read more about this buy out at The Guardian.

As always we’d love to see you on an upcoming tours/france-antiques-tours/paris-antiques-tours”>Paris Flea Market Tour. We pick you up at your hotel, drive you to the Paris Flea Market, custom plan a route (making private appointments with vendors when needed), and organize an antiques buying tour of the famous Puce de Paris that not only saves you time – but also saves you money.  Our Paris Flea Market Shopping Guides are fixtures at the market – they know everyone and those relationships help get you the best prices.  On tour they translate, negotiate and liaise you with a shipper to help get your purchases home sweet home across the pond.

Stay tuned for more Les Puces Paris Flea Market News as it comes in.
The Antiques Diva®

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