Twice a year, up to 500 vendors of antiques, vintage and second-hand wares take over one of Paris‘ most beloved district, the Marais, to host a large flea market: the Brocante de la Rue de Bretagne. Vendors range from professional collectors in their own right, to private sellers who have emptied out some of their old belongings, creating a wonderful, varied antique and flea market for the whole family to enjoy.
The Brocante de la Rue de Bretagne is one of the largest flea markets in Paris, besides the famous Marché aux Puces de St Ouen Clignancourt and the Marché au Puces de la Porte de Vanves, and regular patrons will agree that it is worth waiting for. It only takes place in Spring and Autumn over three days, and on these two weekends, the area is a bustling hive of bargain-seeking and treasure hunting. The atmosphere is wonderful, full of excitement, and everyone in attendance chats to one another. It feels as much of a social event as it is an antique event, which of course adds to the charm of the whole market.
Though of by some as a little expensive, the Brocante de la Rue de Bretagne actually offers something for every budget. With such a wide range of goods for sale, there is most certainly something for everyone here, whether a serious collector or those simply searching for a unique and interesting item for their home. Stalls offer old cameras, chinaware, brassware, old telephones, vintage jewelry, Art déco artwork, vintage books, glassware, vintage designer bags, Art Nouveau lights, vintage clothing, Mid-century modern furniture, French home decor, industrial design, typewriters and so much more. In the courtyard of the city hall is an area dedicated to young entrepreneurs, where children can empty their toy boxes and earn a few euros!
With wonderful food stalls dotted around the vendors, the Brocante de la Rue de Bretagne is a market that can be enjoyed by the whole family for the whole day. Keep an eye on their website to be sure that you do not miss out!