Its origin, its accesses, its markets, what should you know to make the most of your visit to the Saint-Ouen flea market?
What is the origin?
It was in 1870 that the ragpickers, pushed out of Paris for hygienic reasons, settled between the fortifications and the houses of the village of Saint-Ouen. They unpacked their goods every Sunday on the floor. This "Flea Fair" quickly attracted people and was served by the metro in 1908. Merchants settled down from 1920 and different "markets", each with their own name, were created: Vernaison, Malik, Biron and Vallès. Towards the middle of the 20th century, scrap dealers and ragpickers gave way to second-hand dealers, antique dealers and clothing merchants while thirteen other markets were created.
When and how do we get there?
We go there preferably by metro and get off at Porte de Clignancourt station (line 4) or Garibaldi (line 13 but it is further on). If you go by car, beware of traffic jams. Once in the Puces district, there are two public car parks, 110 and 142 rue des Rosiers. We do not forget that the Fleas are only open on Saturdays (from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Sundays (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Mondays (from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and that activity is reduced the first half of August .
How not to get lost?
We go straight away (Saturday afternoon or Sunday) to the office of the Tourist Office of Puces, located 7 impasse Simon, near the Paul Bert market. We will give you a free brochure with a small plan quite well done. If you are curious, you can also borrow an MP3 player free of charge for a guided tour of around two hours.
What are we visiting?
The Antica market: A very small market (a dozen stalls) with a fine selection of objects (tapestries, trinkets, etc.) and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Biron market: It offers furniture and objects signed and carefully restored, for a clientele of connoisseurs with a well-stocked portfolio. The Cambo market: It is a small (20 stalls on two floors) charming market where you can find furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, regional objects, linen, old musical instruments and a decorative space upstairs (Art Nouveau ceramics, Art Deco objects, drawings…). The Dauphine market: Inspired by the Baltard Pavilion, it houses 180 antique dealers and second-hand dealers. It is frequented by expert connoisseurs and by experts in search of original and authentic pieces. There is also the Carré des Libraires, a space dedicated to old books, and art restorers who repair and give a second life to damaged objects, furniture and paintings. The Warehouse: This space specializes in non-standard and non-standard: stairs, bookcases, woodwork, chateau grates, gazebo but also some traditional furniture. The Malassis market: With an innovative architecture, it offers antiques and decoration from the 17th to the 20th century, sometimes unusual, and fun objects or diverted from their original function. It is also where we find thematic shops specializing in Orientalists, tableware, bistro furniture, marine objects, collectors etc. Finally fans of furniture from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s find their happiness here. The passage : It links rue Jules Vallès to rue Lécuyer (hence its name) and offers often unusual and sometimes recent furniture and objects, which appeal to both individuals and decorators. The Paul Bert market: It is one of trends, with furniture and works of art and decoration from the 17th century to vintage: Parisian bistro furniture, garden ornaments, primitive art ... It is one of the high places of the Flea market from Saint-Ouen. The goods are generally presented there "in its own juice" (not restored), in a relaxed atmosphere that appeals to people. The Rose Market: It is made up of a dozen professionals specializing in Art Deco lighting, Art Nouveau, glassworks and bronzes from the end of the XIXth and beginning of the XXth century. It is a market intended for connoisseurs. The Serpette market: It is a world of high quality or find many specialties of Art Nouveau until the 40s. The goods are of good quality (and therefore quite expensive) frequently renewed. We find unique and unusual objects. The Jules Vallès market: He stayed true to the original flea spirit, with flea markets rather than antiques. It is intended for bargain hunters looking for good deals. The cinema regularly comes to stock up on furniture for films. The Vernaison market: Historic cradle of the Flea market, it remained an authentic second-hand market. It is also arguably one of the cheapest. It sells more to individuals than to professionals and there is everything, from the most modest to the really beautiful, often to restore. It is a paradise for odds and ends, in a labyrinth of alleys. The Malik market: In another vein, it offers new clothes and fashion designers. To know more : www.parispuces.com