Porte de Clignancourt markets , nicknamed Les Puces , are the largest antique markets in the world covering seven hectares. For years making the journey eluded me because of work commitments and I couldn’t take the time to go to the city’s outskirts. One day my wish came true and my boyfriend and I made the journey. What a trip this place is ! From African objects , counterfeit sneakers , vintage fur, immaculate early Chanel and Dior , crazy jewellery , alleyways full of mid century furniture and mind blowing antiques , Les Puces did not dissapoint . “This is the place for me!” – I thought as I walked around and around feverishly , not blinking for fear of missing something,while getting lost in the centuries of history on display.
I finally glanced a collage that intrigued me but the price was too high so I kept walking. However it dragged me back and it didn’t matter that we were flying back to Australia the next day with 3 suitcases and the collage was large and encased in a solid and heavy metal frame…I had to negotiate a price. It didn’t matter my boyfriend had to lug it home and was probably going to strangle me that night. All that mattered was that I had a piece of Les Puces coming home with me forever ! It hangs in my bedroom now and everytime I look at it I get giddy.
The following are just a few of the incredible shops there. Snow White and creepy dwarfs dresser anyone?