Twice a year, up to 500 vendors of antiques, vintage and second-hand goods take over one of Paris' most popular neighborhoods, the Marais, to host a large flea market: the Brocante de la Rue de Bretagne. Vendors range from professional collectors to private sellers who have emptied out some of their old belongings, creating a wonderful, varied antiques 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, alongside the famous Marché aux Puces de St Ouen Clignancourt and the Marché au Puces de la Porte de Vanves, and regular visitors will agree that it is well worth the wait. It takes place only in spring and fall over three days, and on these two weekends the area is a bustling hive of bargain hunting and treasure hunting. The atmosphere is wonderful, full of excitement, and everyone in attendance chats with each other. It feels as much like a social event as an antique event, which adds to the charm of the whole market.
Considered by some to be a bit on the expensive side, the Brocante de la Rue de Bretagne actually offers something for every budget. With such a wide range of goods for sale, there is sure to be something for everyone, whether you are a serious collector or simply looking for a unique and interesting item for your home. Stalls offer vintage cameras, porcelain, brassware, old telephones, vintage jewelry, Art Deco artwork, vintage books, glassware, vintage designer bags, Art Nouveau lamps, vintage clothing, mid-century modern furniture, French home decor, industrial design, typewriters and much more. In the courtyard of the City Hall there is an area dedicated to young entrepreneurs, where children can empty their toy boxes and earn a few euros!
The Brocante de la Rue de Bretagne, with its wonderful food stalls, is a market that the whole family can enjoy all day long. Keep an eye on their website to make sure you don't miss out!
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