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amamax2 Feb 24th, 2012 04:18 PM

What is the etiquette at the flea markets? Can you touch things/pick up them up? Haggle?

Gretchen, is it pretty cleaned out by Sunday? We get in too late to make it on Saturday, but had hoped to go for a look first thing on a Sunday.


cigalechanta Feb 24th, 2012 04:27 PM

thanks toupary6, you always have great advice.
are any of them about vintage clothes or are they just rags

toupary6 Feb 24th, 2012 05:57 PM

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toupary6 Feb 24th, 2012 07:30 PM

Mimi, sent to your hotmail and your gmail, but gmail failed. Let me know if you receive it.

avalon Feb 25th, 2012 12:12 AM

Mimi, check with phread on OPF she has a vintage clothing business in Paris and can be a help. I know she goes to Vanves

Gretchen Feb 25th, 2012 05:03 AM

Toupary, that is great advice. They are often listed in the weekly little newspaper available at Tabacs--what's going on this week or something like that. We went to a wonderful one at Auteuil one time, and I sort of have the impression there is one maybe monthly at Pere Lachaise area.
Yes, you can pick things up and bargain. My French isn't great but it seemed if I looked disappointed at the price, it might come down!! Or if I offered less--it's going to be in French however.
We haven't really gone on Sunday but that would be my impression--but as we have been saying, you never know what someone is looking for. It's certainly worth a try.

toupary6 Feb 25th, 2012 07:33 AM

Thanks, Gretchen. The one at Sevres-Lecorbe and that at Alesia (near the mairie of the 14th) often have interesting things, although the latter gets more and more expensive, and the quality is mediocre. But I don't get the impression anyone is buying furniture. You can pick up some interesting ephemera. Also, most of the open air markets are selling a lot more than food.

There is often a market of some sort or a fair (antiquarian books, for example) going on at place St-Sulpice.

amamax2 Feb 25th, 2012 08:35 AM

Thanks for the information, Gretchen!

kerouac Feb 25th, 2012 08:47 AM

I might as well drag out my old Clignancourt report which should certainly help neophytes visualise what the damned place looks like -- stalls, permanent vendor shops, displays of junk, etc. It's all there:

toupary6 Feb 25th, 2012 09:07 AM

Thanks for the link, kerouac. What is your favorite of the marchés?

And I don't believe you can compare any of the others to Clignancourt, a village. I miss being able to spend a Saturday or Sunday there anytime I want.

kerouac Feb 25th, 2012 09:17 AM

I need to write down some day the names of the streets that interest me the most. I know that one of them is the street to which the Marché Malik has a side exit, and basically a number of the streets west of there. I don't think that most tourists even get that far.

gomiki Feb 25th, 2012 09:17 AM

kerouac, Wonderful photos as usual. Thank you.

CYESQ Feb 26th, 2012 05:06 AM

Can you please tell me how to pronounce Clignancourt. My friend pronounces it cling an court and I don't think that's correct. Thanks

Gretchen Feb 26th, 2012 05:23 AM


kerouac Feb 26th, 2012 11:40 AM

I would say clean-yan-coor.

Gretchen Feb 26th, 2012 12:15 PM

Yes, I struggled with the coor too. That is what I say.

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