Paris - Marché aux puces St-Ouen (Flea Market) at Porte de Clignancourt

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Don't let anyone tell you it is not worth going to Les Puces. Once you get past the multitude of street salesman to Rue des Rosiers you are safe. An amazing labyrinth of over 2500 stalls, spread over 6 hectares, unfolds in front of you.  Marché Vernaison and Marché Biron are great places to start for inspiration, if nothing else. It's fascinating to talk to the stall holders, like the lovely Mireille Marie Mercier of Art Decor Intemporel in Marche Vernaison, who are more than happy to share their knowledge and experience. I received an in-depth history of the beautiful black & white Pierre Guarriche chairs, circa 1954, that I would have been more than happy to take home.