While the Marché at Clignancourt is very expansive, and carries extremely large big ticket items, this was much more manageable.
It is definitely the place to go for collectibles and curiosities that will fit in a suitcase. There were silver pieces, old coins, notions, serving plates, glassware, military medals, swords, taxidermy and shadow boxes of butterflies (shudder), small furniture pieces, plastic key chains, old apothecary bottles, champagne buckets, gadgets, records, jewelry, vintage linens, bags, suitcases, scarves, picture frames (old, ornate and gold), tins, old calendars, lace, ammunition…
The merchants are used to dealing with customers in French, which made negotiating a lot of fun. People were very willing to give me a break on items I admired.
Since I went on a Sunday, there was a street market a block away which was helpful for my post-bidding lunch. 🙂
A couple of my treasures:
An old school slate for my kitchen. (Not for breaking over anyones head. 🙂 Right Laura, Jill, Abby, Amanda and Rebecca? I did laugh when I picked it up!) Etched into the top is name of the previous owner, François. 🙂
Although I did not find any Absinthe saucers or sous-verre (I have 3 in Chicago…) this little Veuve Clicquot saucer is perfect for keys and
croissant loose change. 😉
Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves
Avenue Georges Lafenestre, 14th
Métro: Porte de Vanves (#13)