As a lover of whimsical trinkets, we've visited many-a-flea-markets on our adventures in France (in which Kevin reminds me how lucky I am to have a husband that will 'joyfully' join me). This weekend market on the south end of Paris has been one of my faves so far. With 300 or so merchants, it's smaller than some but has some real treasures. The streets are lined with anything & everything... vintage fashion magazines, paintings & botanical drawings, antique watches and 19th century housewares along with some fancy ferret fur scarves (with the heads on) and some pieces of lingerie that have had their day. Anything else you can possibly think up (or not even)... it's best to go looking for 'je ne sais quoi' as you never know what you'll find. I just love the history that exists here and seeing these relics of another era.
As I've been told, the term 'flea market' actually originated at markets here in Paris in the early 1900's with shabby goods that often contained fleas. As for me, I ended up with a rather itchy (possibly flea ridden) hat that I bought for 5€... Kevin took a photo so I added it in.
Overall, a must-do while in Paris!
Marché Aux Puces de Vanves Flea Market
Every Saturday-Sunday, 7am-2pm