Paris flea markets
From movie stars to vintage lovers, they all visit the flea market when they come to Paris, so will you!
Bring a piece of France home with you!
I will bring you to Saint Ouen, the biggest and oldest flea market in the world, a real goldmine for home decor, antiques, photography, vintage clothes, authentic luxury bags and accessories, etc… The flea market is a world unto itself with 15 submarkets, indoor and out, upstairs and down, in alleys, passages, shops, and warehouses. All these markets are fabulous and have loads of atmosphere. On our way I will tell you all about its history, its secrets and how to negotiate the best prices. You can also stay for lunch there in one of the new trendy destinations or more traditional restaurants with live music.
I have been organizing private shopping tours at the flea market for several years.
I know the vendors and the shippers.
At the flea market we saw some magnificent collections for furniture, jewellery and fashion stores which are used to work with movie companies and many public figures. Nicole introduced me to a renowned and passionate Chanel collector. Her mantra was “Create your own style! Wear it your own way!”. Some of the shop owners even brought their pets too and we could converse about life, family, pets and the items I might be interested. Nicole assisted me well with sound advises. Never push or direct me to buy. Helped me to negotiate nicely. She never acted like a broker, but more like a true friend and professional stylist. Client focus instead of sales focus. When a piece did not look good, she would say so. When I needed to decide the best piece to pick, she did not direct me to the expensive piece but more on showing me the best fit. When I was not sure, she assured me to take time and think it to come back later. She understood and helped me wisely with my budget. She was superb and I would get lost if I had come without her.”
Jenti Martono – Jakarta, Indonesia – June 2018
“What a treat having a knowledgeable Parisian guide for a day! Nicole generously shared her expertise as we navigated the fascinating maze of flea market stalls, adding far greater meaning to the experience than I could encounter on my English speaking own”
Tanya Roets – Cape Town, South Africa – June 2017
It’s a unique experience you can only have in Paris!
Vanves or Saint Ouen?
I like both of them but they are very different. Situated south of Paris Vanves opens only Saturday and Sunday mornings and is more hit or miss. Much smaller, there are temporary vendors selling from tables set up along the street. Saint Ouen is situated north, exactly at the opposite side of Paris, and is mostly geared towards decorators and high income collectors, open Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5, with permanent merchants grouped in 15 markets, most of them covered, some in open air.