I wanted to do a post on the amazing flea market that I came across whilst on my adventures in Paris.
Both Me and Clare are avid bargain hunters and also love seeking out vintage and antique finds so were keen to check out what Paris could offer.We we so glad we did when we came across the vast sprawling market complex that is Les Puces de Saint-Ouen
To be honest the outer stalls are nothing to shout about and are very much like any town or city market across Europe selling fake designer goods and copied dvd’s etc. But as we got further into the complex the curiosities and bricant stalls started to take my fancy and I was left wishing I had a car to take home all the treasures I came across.
Then came the real treat, further within the market are the antique haberdashery, fabric stalls and vintage sellers and it was a good job i was on a strict budget because there was so many things that took my fancy. I am quite a shy market shopper and am always a bit hesitant to ask the price of items but everyone seemed friendly and a came away with a few treats to use in some upcoming projects.
I would defiantly recommend looking Les Puces de Saint-Ouen up if you are ever lucky enough to be in Paris, I think I probably saw about a third of the markets so it's worth dedicating at least a day to rummaging around if you can and also get there as early as you can as it does get busy in the afternoons. I will certainly be going back to stock up again, the amount of beautifully fabrics and trims I found make me think I could probably justify a trip to Paris just for that reason!
If you are going to check it, out hear are a couple of good sites and posts that will give you more information about the markets
http://www.parisperfect.com/paris-flea-markets.php - good sumary of the market and a breakdown of the various areas
http://www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com/1.aspx - the official website of the markets - though i could only get this up in french today.
http://ohhappyday.com/2011/03/how-to-get-to-the-paris-flea-market/- lovely post with a really clear map of the different areas.
I always find these sorts of places a great source of inspiration as well as a fab place to stock up supplies of one off fabrics and trims that you don’t come across on the high street. It has made me wonder how many places like these are closer to home and am going to enjoy seeking them out and report back with any I come across. Xxx