Yep I spent the whole Sunday checking the three biggest or 'so they called' the must-see of Paris 'flea' markets. Porte de Vanves, Porte de Montreuil and the famous Marche Saint Quen (the original flea of the fleas market ever to exist). Started the morning walking to Porte de Vanves as it is only 15m walking from where I am staying being in the 15th. It is exactly like Camberwell Market in Melbourne but bigger, more and more antiques. A lot more junk definitely and obviously more expensive as most of the objects you can basically find in Melbourne lot cheaper or any other cities beside Paris. However I was determined to get something as I love checking out stuff at flea markets and usually will get things I like for keepsake. Despite the thick crowd (As I've said early in my blog, I can't stand big crowds and usually flees the scene immediately), I managed to get these:
Marche aux Puces de la Port de Vanves is definitely The Good
a hummingbird brooch (for my mum)
a small peacock pin brooch (a gift...someone will pop into my mind) just in case...
and a silky camel coloured scarf with a black mini prints of a horse and a cart...(i thought it'd be cool for my brother..he has this thing with mini printed scarfs lately)
Then I decided to check Marche aux puces at Porte de Montreuil on the east side border of Paris and so far since being in Paris, I've crossed out a few districts not for future living. And today Porte d Montreuil is added to the list. I'm not going to go into lengths as to why and so on, but lets just say personally its not for me. Very bland and very second hand...also there were a lot of cheap electronics and gadgetries....well I know where to buy my pots, pans, and home stuf next time when I decided to live here...very cheap. If you've been to Pasar Baru in Jakarta, then Porte d M is def like Pasar Baru in a grander scale...The Bad
Lastly it was Marche Saint Quen, by time I arrived at around 3pm, I was already slightly irritated (afternoon slug) and wishing I could sit and drink my coffee. So instead I got a cafe au lait..a emporter of course (to takeaway) in a clear plastic cup and went to one of the recommended 13 markets there. Which was Marche Vernaison. Yes it was like how the travel guides and any other articles described it...picture perfect, touristy, highly over-priced, and from my own experience; everything else that comes with being commercialised. I'm sorry if I'm being too harsh but being exposed to antiques and vintage goods since I was a teenager I know if things are good or bad. This is The Supposedly Good.
But the way they decorate or furnished their little alley shops are very eye catching and interesting. That is what I appreciate since being in Paris, every window displays are works of art and I guess window shopping in Paris does feel my appetite, I am not entirely urge to buy the goods on the window because I feel awed and that is enough for me.