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jeudi 16 avril 2009

The Flea Market “Les Puces”

It is always a pleasure on a sunny weekend, to go "Faire un tour aux Puces” that’s to say : to “visit the Flea Market” of Saint-Ouen!

All the charms of bargains and casual strolling can be found in this historic high-ranged place of fleas and antiques.

Since its origins in the late 19th century when scavengers, driven out of Paris, relocated to St. Ouen, the site has changed. Various arrangements have been made with varying degrees of success, but every time I "go to the puces” I enjoy walking again through this provincial atmosphere of the past.

Market of nostalgia, do you say? Certainly, but not only, we go there "on va aux puces" to stroll around and have a good time in the middle of incredible amounts of “bric a brac,” eventually seeking an object or a gift that you will not find anywhere else. So, that’s the Puces, a huge garage sale from which you are sure to come back with what you have long sought in vain at a really interesting price : furniture, vintage toys, engraving, decoration, jewelry ..

"Each market is defined according to its own specialty and evokes a special mood: Vernaison the oldest and the most “buccolique” paradise of flea, Serpette and Paul Bert, for upper-class customers, Dauphine with its floor "Square Booksellers," Biron with quality antiques, Cambo, Malik, Jules Vallès, Le Passage, Malassis ... without forgetting the street “pucières” adjacent : 17 markets are part of this wonderful world!

Go only on weekends because the “Puces Saint-Ouen” are only open to the public on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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