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Search For Vintage Treasures at Paris' Puces de Vanves Flea Market

Search For Vintage Treasures at Paris' Puces de Vanves Flea Market

Picture of Jade Cuttle
Updated: 6 January 2018

There are many lively and fascinating markets in Paris and rummaging in boxes at a Parisian flea market can give you more than just a great bargain, it’s a chance to truly immerse yourself in French culture and one of its most exciting traditions. When you do, make sure to head to the best bric-à-brac in the city.

The most famous flea market in Paris is the one at Porte de Clignancourt, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, but there is another lesser-known place that’s a favourite among locals. Every Saturday and Sunday of the year (even public holidays, come rain or shine), the Puces de Vanves welcomes its 380 exhibitors all eager to hawk their treasures.

You’ll find everything from gorgeous Art Deco jewellery, furniture and sculptures, to awe-inspiring military relics, medals and ancient coins. Pristine glassware, silverware and ironwork abound and there are more fur coats than you could shake a stick at. It’s fantastic for the art lover too, to peruse for paintings, photographs and postcards, but also just for the curious browser, who likes to be surprised.

Your best bet is to arrive around 9am, while the morning is still fresh, and here are just some of the treasures you can expect to discover.

Puces de Vanves, 14 Avenue Georges Lafenestre, 75014 Paris, France

Paintings and art in abundance…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

Like peculiar sculptures of sardines in tins…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

Original printing materials…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

As well as stamping materials…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

Hilarious advertising posters from the past…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

Sculpted treasures made of copper…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

Antique doorknobs and decorations…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

Bunches of ancient rusty keys…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

Vintage stopwatches for a bargain price…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

Flamboyant costume jewellery from the 1920s onwards…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

 And modern jewellery on offer too…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

Vintage tableware…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

And other random surprises…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

Toys from another era…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

Fascinating fossils…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip

Buttons and bits galore…

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Puces de Vanves flea market | © Jade Cuttle / Culture Trip