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World's Coolest Bazaars: Le Marche Serpette

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Le Marché Serpette, Paris

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen at Porte de Clignancourt is arguably the most famous flea market in the world. It dates back more than 200 years to when Parisians would search through garbage at night for discarded valuables to sell (they became known as pêcheurs de lune or “fishermen of the moon”). Today it’s a much posher affair with more than 2,500 vendors selling antiques, vintage kitsch, and retro wonders. Those in the know—Vogue editors, Bill Gates, for example—focus their energies on Les Puces’ Le Marché Serpette. Housed in a former garage, the well-edited, high-end selection includes crystal chandeliers, Deco furniture, prints, paintings, architectural salvage, and vintage designer handbags.

Best Buy: Dealers are savvy and competition is high, so this isn’t the best place for bargains. But once-in-a-lifetime finds like, say, a vintage Vuitton trunk, are worth the price. Open Friday through Monday.



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