Reader Question: Paris Flea Market Dates

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Dear Diva,

top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>I love your blog! You have inspired me!! I am traveling to Paris on April 28 for 1 week and am hoping to go to Chatou. Do you know if the flea market is on-going? Perhaps during the weekend only?



Dearest Robin,

top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>I hate to dash your dreams, but the Foire Nationale de la Brocante et Jambon won’t be going on when you’re in Paris next week! This fair, held in Chatou, is only twice a year and you just missed the March 6 – 15, 2009 dates and the next dates for this fair are not until Sept 25-Oct 4, 2009. 

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A good standby for flea marketing anytime when in Paris is the torique/Default.htm” target=”_blank”>Paris flea market at Porte de Clignancourt, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen. This well-organized flea market has no stalls set up on blankets in the street – instead it has permanent structures housing millions of euro of inventory, complete with 13 districts, 2000 vendors & 7 miles of alleys! It’s on every weekend Friday – Monday. Friday is dealer day, Saturday and Sunday is shopping for mere mortals. Monday is a nice day to go as there are smaller crowds at this typically overcrowded market; however, many of the vendors are closed or close early in the spirit of TGIM! (Thank God It’s Monday).
Another regularly scheduled weekend flea market in Paris is the Porte de Vanves market. Not as big as Les Puces, this market in Paris’ 14eme arrondisment has more than 350 vendors open Saturday and Sunday from 7am-3pm all year. The smaller-sized makes it a more compact outing for a morning’s brocanting.
to 10px; width: 320px; cursor: hand; height: 100px; text-align: center;” src=”” alt=”” border=”0″ />If you’d like to wander off the tourist paths, then consider going to a traveling brocante. I did a wee bit of research for you and on 1-3rd May there will be a traveling brocante at the Brocante Square des Batignolles. BrocaBrac is a great site to discover what flea markets are happening when and where across France. To navigate the site, simply click on the map, check the area of France you will be visiting and a list of flea markets happening within the next month will appear, telling you the location of the markets. Click on the market and more information will appear including the number of vendors and the hours of market operation. Be sure to check out this secret diva source before your next trip to Paris… and speaking of Paris, I’m off myself to the city of light this next weekend, but more on that later!

Until then… à bientôt et bon voyage!

The Antiques Diva™