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Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea Market by Porte de Clignancourt

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea Market by Porte de Clignancourt

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Flea market in Paris, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Sometimes I never get around to posting certain things here — even though I really want to, but I guess the saying goes “better late than never”, no? So, before the summer began last year, I joined one of my friends for a tour of the flea markets by the Porte de Clignancourt here in Paris. On one of the hottest days in all of June we wandered around the absolutely enormous vintage markets together with our lovely guide Charlotte in the search of little gems and vintage finds. I’ve always been a bit sceptical towards the whole flea market idea (most of the time I think it can look like a lot of junk) but after that day I can kind safely say that I see why some people love it so much. There was so much to look at and so many untold stories behind every item we passed by and after three hours of walking we still hadn’t covered more than half of the flea markets. Yes, I would have gotten completely lost in between the vintage Louis Vuitton trunks and the pretty china with flower patterns without my friends there to guide me around. By the end of the day (we even stayed behind when our tour was over and continued on by ourselves) we we’re absolutely exhausted but had become one Babar poster, and a lot of experiences, richer. Now I just can’t wait to find a more permanent home here in Paris so that I actually can buy all the things I want next time I go.

  • http://www.theunchartedblog.com/ Liv Caisley

    Love this post, your photography is beautiful! I cannot wait to move to France this December and explore all that you share in your blog xx http://www.theunchartedblog.com

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you so much Liv :)

  • vire-tue-elle

    VINTAGE + MARIN ♥

    ♥♥♥ http://tienstoiacaroline.wordpress.com/ ♥♥♥

  • http://www.danielle-abroad.com/ Danielle E. Alvarez

    I’ll have one of everything – please and thank you! ;)

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Haha yes ;)

  • candypop.uk.com

    Lovely post, and such gorgeous photography. So many pretty things!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thanks :)

  • http://sometimesgracefully.com/ Grace Beekman

    So glad you posted these! What fun finds! Those old pictures are so fun!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you Grace!

  • http://the-globe-trot.blogspot.com/ Kathleen Euler

    Your photos are breathtaking and make me want to shop vintage ASAP!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you :)

  • Darina

    Beautiful treasures! (and lovely photos!)

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thanks!

  • http://www.alonewithmytea.blogspot.com Julie

    Oh my goodness I would have spent hours there! Love the tea cups!

  • http://www.gutenblogyall.com/ Margo

    Lovely pictures (as always), does this flea market run year round? I’d love to display those keys in a shadow box.

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thanks! I actually don’t know it that well… Maybe you’ll find an answer on Google?

  • melaniecrd
  • Abby

    Wow these are some amazing vintage finds!

    Abby
    http://www.champagneplans.com

  • Eve

    My first apartment was not far away from the marché aux puces at Porte de Clignancourt. I made many friends by going to the market and spend some of my best times there. No wonder I ended up as an antique dealer I could never resist a good story. Wonderful pictures Carin! In my dreams I wander in your photographs.

    xEve
    http://www.082010.com

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you Eve :)

  • http://with-flourish.blogspot.com/ Kaylie

    My word… I think I could and would happily get lost in such a wonderful place! I do agree that sometimes flea markets can be a little trashy, but that place looks like a dream come true. I would absolutely buy everything and live in chaos just so I can look at all those beautiful things. Especially the butterflies and insects… I’m always fascinated by those collections.

    I’m so jealous of you.
    Kaylie

  • Dominica

    love strolling around flea markets ever since I was a little girl .. the suitcases are amazing .. these are my favorite items here. I always wonder who owned them and how far did they travel the world ..

  • http://www.mystylediary.eu/ mystylediary

    These photos are gorgeous! So many pretty treasures ready to be found..

    http://www.mystylediary.eu/

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you!

  • http://endlesslyenraptured.com/ Jade Sheldon

    One of my all time favorite past-times…

  • http://liveitinerantly.com/ Quyen Nguyen

    The untold stories are what I love about antique markets. I especially love the old cookware! I love imagining what was cooked in it.

    http://liveitinerantly.com/

  • http://hi-and-lo.blogspot.com/ Kristen

    These pictures are so beautiful! I wish we had more antique stores/flea markets where I live…

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you :)

  • carolynwest94

    These are so pretty! I love the beetles!

  • http://www.leftbanked.com Leftbanked

    love it!
    I really want to go to a flea market in Paris next time I visit

    http://www.leftbanked.com

  • Maggie A

    Flea markets are SO much fun!!!

    xo
    Maggie A
    LOVEMAVIN/YOUTUBE || LOVEMAVIN/BLOG

  • Tereza

    It’s like a whole different world wandering through the vintage treasures

    http://lifeandcity.tumblr.com

  • http://josephinare.tumblr.com/ Josephine

    lovely pictures!

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thanks!

  • http://isarletters2012.blogspot.de/ Isar Prinzessin

    Lovely photos!! Makes me think of when I lived in London, wandering around Portobello Market!
    Greetz from Munich!
    Kitty xx

    http://isarletters2012.blogspot.de/

    • http://www.parisinfourmonths.com/ Paris in Four Months

      Thank you :)

  • amandacsater

    So gorgeous, these are great pictures! It reminds me that I need to visit a flea market!

    xo Amanda
    http://theluxelion.blogspot.com

  • Stacey B

    These pictures are beautiful, so many treasures to be found! When I was in paris last May, my friend and I went there and I’m sure we didn’t cover even a quarter of it in the end! I came home with a pretty little tray that cost me just €2!

    xoxo

    Stacey

    Five Minute Style

  • Stephanie

    The pictures are so pretty. Make me want to go flea market next week to take some photos. Your photos are always so inspiring.