Vintage flea markets have always intrigued me, especially those in Europe. I remember when I was in Barcelona for Mango It Girl, I hunted down this small area known for vintage finds. One of the girls from Mango told me about it so I knew it was legit. After an entire afternoon of strolling around the place, I went home with a huge smile on my face–not because I bought a gazillion things (for the record, I only bought 2 earrings), but because I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the beautiful vintage pieces and hearing the sellers’ stories about them. It was a wonderful experience, one that I wouldn’t mind doing over and over again. This is why when my sister told me she booked a tour for us to the world’s oldest and largest flea market, Paris’ Marché aux Puces Saint-Ouen de Clignancourt, of course I was the happiest girl on earth!!!
Marché aux Puces Saint-Ouen de Clignancourt is a dream for vintage bargain-hunters. It’s located on the far end of Paris and is only open on weekends so you really have to make time for it. Once you arrive to the area, you’ll notice you’re no longer in the postcard-perfect side of Paris so you have to really know your way around. Good thing we had a guide from Localers Paris. She’s an expert on vintage pieces so she didn’t only guide us around the gazillion alleys and small streets but she also helped us with our purchases. I don’t even know how we’d be able to find the things we wanted to buy if not for her. She helped us bargain too because a lot of the vendors didn’t speak english.
Would I recommend this tour to you guys? A BIG FAT YES. I’m not at all sponsored by Localers Paris but I really found the tour too cool not to share. Check out my photos below if you need a little more convincing. Obviously, Paris isn’t that easy to go to especially if you live all the way in the Philippines like me, but it’s good to have this bookmarked in case you find yourself in the City of Love in the future. If not, you can always scour the internet for pre-loved goodies in the meantime. I actually just discovered this French social market place called Vide Dressing where a community of fashion-loving people buy and sell their pre-loved items. It’s what’s currently satisfying my thirst for vintage pieces. Granted it’s not as diverse and old as Marché aux Puces Saint-Ouen de Clignancourt, Vide Dressing definitely has a lot of fashionable pieces that are to die for. Most importantly, all the luxury/designer items on their site are meticulously inspected by a team of legal experts trained by luxury brands. Isn’t this a relief? I’m always too scared to buy second-hand items online because of authenticity issues. (eBay, anyone?) Now that it’s no longer an issue, I can’t stop checking Vide Dressing’s bag selection! This is clearly the start of a new addiction.
Frency and Mercury sunnies | Jovonna London coat | Uniqlo top | MUJI skirt | Céline bag | Stella McCartney flats