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)