Paris trip journal: Shopping at the Puces flea markets is not for amateurs

The Paris flea markets, in my case the Puces de Saint-Ouen at the Porte de Clignancourt, are a shopper’s delight. From furniture belonging to pre-Revolutionary rich folks to vintage Chanel suits to human skeletons to every kind of taxidermied animal you can imagine, they must be seen to be properly experienced.

Fuel up and hop on Ligne 4 of the Métro, exiting at the last stop, Porte de Clignancourt. Follow the crowds and don’t engage with the many, many street-based entrepreneurs who will try to sell you handbags, watches, and sunglasses. Trust me, there’s better stuff inside. There’s not a lot to talk about: take cash, keep it well hidden, watch your bag, and don’t be afraid to negotiate.

Now, let’s look at pretty things:

Vintage Louis Vuitton Marche Puces Saint Ouen

Costume jewelry Marche Puces Saint Ouen

Costume jewelry Marche Puces Saint Ouen

Grandes Marques Marche Puces Saint Ouen

Cointreau dice Marche Puces Saint Ouen

Horlages clocks Marche Puces Saint Ouen

Wooden animals Marche Puces Saint Ouen

Agriculture awards Marche Puces Saint Ouen

Vintage Prada Marche Puces Saint Ouen

In the end, it was all pretty amazing and overwhelming, but very little compelled me to buy. What I did want to buy, an insanely beautiful and expensive Chanel bracelet, will forever remain out of reach.

Some sources I found called this the world’s greatest flea market. To be sure, the Puces at Saint-Ouen definitely raise the bar for what I expect to see at yard sales in the future. “Um, could you check behind those old baseball trophies for some authentic vintage Louis Vuitton handbags?”

Before you leave all of your money at the Puces, check out these great tips:

People, Places and Bling: So many great vintage shopping tips for Paris, and lots about shopping at one of the other major Puces, the Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves

Paris Perfect: Paris flea markets hints and tips

EuroCheapo: Tips for flea market success

Bonjour Paris: Marché aux Puces de Paris at St-Ouen



  1. Les marches de puces are wonderful! I never pass one up if I don’t have to. There are some really nice ones here in the south of France. So much to look at and so much to buy!


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