Flea Market Treasures At Porte de Vanves

February 13, 2014


On a glacial Saturday morning, I mustered up the courage to crawl out of my cozy nest of blankets and dragged myself to the Marché aux puces to hunt for treasure. Rain or shine, comb the overflowing racks and aisles of hidden gems, from vintage clocks to 1950s teacups, beautiful handwritten letters, stacks of old comic books, and Hermès scarves, all waiting patiently for the right home. The friendly vendors, snug as a bug in blankets and wool hats, brave the cold with smiles on their faces. Don't be shy because they are always ready to talk your ear off, in a cheerful jumble of French and English. And during lunchtime, you'll find them happily enjoying a feast, paired with a glass of red wine (proof). So French. :) 

It's a bit out of the way, but oh so worth the adventure and the lovely surprises you may find! 

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When you go to the flea market, what do you come home with? I'm a sucker for vintage plates and teacups, wrinkled maps, and old glass bottles.

P.S. Happy Valentine's Day!! And if you don't have a Valentine, even better! It's the perfect occasion to "treat yo self" like Donna and Tom. Any Parks and Recreation fans here?

10 comments:

  1. I love Parks and Recreation. I've only watched the first two seasons. Totally planning to binge watch it now that I'm back home.

    I don't really visit flea markets. And when I do, I generally just buy ice-cream ...

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  2. Hahahahaha thanks for the video. I've never watched Parks and Recreations but I've heard good things about it. I absolutely loveee flea markets!! Though it is hard for me to find good ones in the big cities (items are often overpriced, overhyped). My most successful ventures are generally via yard sales in the summer. I've found lovely bone china teacups and plates (1 dollar each!!), glassware (to create terrariums in), old books, frames, vinyls. It's always exciting to go "treasure hunting" - i should have been a pirate :P

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  3. I cannot wait to finally visit the puces in March!!

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  4. this reminds me, I need to visit markets more often! there are so many beautiful things.

    imeowlife. ,Dixx

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  5. So many exquisite treasures! I always collect these wonderful places from your blog that I can go to when I visit Paris someday, and this is truly a must-see. And really worth getting up from the cozy blankets for too :)

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  6. I came home with a vintage ceramic set of kitchen containers -- the ones that say salt, coffee, flour on them etc. (in French of course), tiny, dusty aperitif bottles, and a purse for myself =)
    Great shots of this market! I can't wait to get back there!

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  7. it used to be old frames and prints, but it has shifted to pots for plants & crockery (blue china being a favourite pattern). But books have always been a constant though :) x
    ps: your blog is utterly delightful

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  8. Oh, how wonderful. One of my favorite things to do is wander through markets. I usually end up bringing home glassware and art...

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  9. wow amazing! Beautiful photos and all these things *_* ! I have this issue with flee markets.... I tend to buy everything that is pretty. But I do not really need all these small things... so they end up in a box somewhere never to be seen again. Sometimes I give some of it to friends... but still.. I dont know why, but flea markets make me a bit to excited over small cute stuff that do not fill any functions... hehe

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  10. Je viens juste de découvrir ton blog, tes photos sont sublimes, bravo! Même si je connais très bien Paris cela me donne très envie de me promener dans les rues avec toi pour voir le Paris romantique et poétique que je ne vois pas toujours! :-)

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