The title is a play on words in French- Poussettes being baby strollers and the Marché aux Puces meaning flea market. So I sort of said “little fleas in the flea market.” :-)
It’s funny in French. Just roll with me.
Get it?! Roll with me??? Strollers? No?
Moving on. The marché aux puces de la Porte de Vanves is a massive flea market. I mean the fleas just bound there in droves. Hoards. Swarms. What do massive numbers of fleas do together? Itch. Let’s go with that.
Either way, more than 400 venders show off their wares on Saturday and Sunday morning, all year round. We’re talking glassware, furniture, old prints, art, tins, silverware (did you hear that, Dad? Silverware!) and plenty, plenty more that we certainly didn’t have time to see. David likes to call marchés and brocantes “junk with waffles,” since most places have a gauffres et frites (Belgium waffles and fries) stand in the middle of it all. I would call that pretty accurate, but I still love them. So apparently do loads of other Parisians – the crowd was ridiculous.
In fact, there were so many people there, it was difficult to navigate Laila’s stroller. However, I think if she were older, (read: stroller free) it could still be really fun. I was thinking about what we would have done had she been a big kid, and I came up with some survival ideas for any parent bringing young kids to a French flea market. This is for the parent in you that doesn’t want to spend a morning piping “don’t touch! Put it down! Get away from there!” The French will do that for you.
Here’s what to do with kids at the Marché aux Puces at Porte de Vanves- or any Flea Market that suits your fancy. :-)
1. Play Eye Spy at an interesting table
2. Have a scavenger hunt
3. Enjoy the hot fries from the gauffres et crêpes food truck. These kids did. (Yum!)
So the takeaway is, you can have a great time at the Puces de Vanves with kids or toddlers in tow. I realize my expertise is hypothetical… this may be a problem…
What did we score? I love me some old prints we could use as art in our casa.
Aren’t they cute?
We also nabbed some cute postcards that speak to France’s April Fool’s tradition, but theirs is called April Fish, or “Poisson D’Avril!” It comes from the tradition of sticking a paper fish on people’s backs as a prank. Poisson D’Avril!
And finally, I grabbed a few livres.
Have you ever been to the Puces de Vanves, or any other Marché in Paris? Would you go again with kids? Get any good finds? Dad do you want to come back just for the silverware? À la prochaine…