Some time after 1870, the Paris rag-and-bone men moved outwide of the city limits for public health reasons. They then sttled between the fortifications and the first hoses of Saint Ouen village where, every sunday, they spread their wares flat on the ground. In 1908, this popular « Flea Fair » became reachable by the metro. From 1920, the « Puces » dealers began selling from enclosed stalls, and then Vernaison, Makil, Biron and Vallès Markets were created. The gypsies, who worked as chair-caners and guitar players in these markets, took to Afro-American music and invented manouche jazz, which has ever since between closely associated with the Puces’ identity.
After 1945, junk dealers and rag-and-bone men were replaced by brocanteurs (second-hand furniture dealers), antiques and clothes dealers. Since then, new markets have appeared : Dauphine, Malassis, Paul Bert, Serpette …, each with its own identity, from 17th century furniture to Art deco, including kinds of trinkets.
Antica : Furniture and objects from the 18th & 19th centuries.
Biron : Furniture, objects from Europe and Asia, jewelry, graphic arts from 17th century to the design period.
Cambo : Furniture, paintings and objects from the 18th and 19th centuries, ancient arms, objects of curosity, Danish furniture.
Dauphine: Classic antiques, vintage furniture and fashion industrial design, book and music sections, tewtiles, watches, jewelry and a variety of restorers.
L’Entrepôt : Bulkier items (staris, book cases, mantelpieces).
Jules Vallès : Old furniture and object, Art Nouveau and Design, bronzes, timepieces, book, vintage, posters, dics, military items.
Malassis : From Antiquity to contemporary art : Asian and Oriental arts, Art Deco, Design, bronzes, erotica, books, toys, fashion, photographs, scultures, European glassware.
Le Passage : Books, poscards, vintage clothes, garden furniture
Paul Bert : furniture, objects of art and decoration from the 17th century to the vintage period.
Serpette : Up-market items, from antiquity to seventies.
Vernaison : Antiques, secondhand articles, decorative tableware, furniture from the 18th to the 20th century, unusual items.
Malik : New and trend-setting clothes.
Outdoor and street market
The streets Jules Vallès, Lécuyer, Marceau, Paul Berts, des Rosiers, Voltaire : Secondhand articles, old furniture (classic, factory and chinese), art / design, books, discs, vintage secondhand clothes, curiosity shops
Le Plateau, rue Jean Henri Fabre, avenue Michelet : New clthes, shoes and accessories.
Flea Market hours
Saturday from 10:00 to 17:30
Sunday from 10:00 to 17:30
Monday from 11:00 to 17:00