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Brocantes + Vide Greniers

Besides the glorious Paris flea “Les Puces” the last few months I’ve been following the little Brocantes that set themselves up around the city. It is like a traveling flea market and the prices are much cheaper than at Les Puces. There was one in my neighborhood this weekend where I scored lots of new goodies. (Including a super cheap Cameroon Juju Hat!)  If you are visiting Paris and want to get some deals visiting a Brocante will be your best bet. This site and this site tell you the little sales that will be going on the next few months. Come with cash and ready to bargain.

ps: I’m obsessed with these high waisted jeans from the Gap. An interesting cultural difference here in France is French men tell you when you are looking good, not in a construction-worker-holler-way, but in a flattering way. It’s actually really great to get feedback when you’ve put an effort in to look nice. They seem to be a big fan of these jeans. (And I’ll just say it since someone always asks, this is not an ad! I will always clearly mark when something is a sponsored post.)

  1. Eve

    September 20, 2011

    You have also this site :
    Thanks for your nice blog

  2. jordan

    September 20, 2011

    Thanks Eve, I just bought that app last week! I added the link. Thanks!

  3. Trina McFadyen

    September 20, 2011

    Very jealous that you scored a Juju hat!!

  4. Stella

    September 20, 2011

    but you also look very nice! I was in Paris just the other week, what a shame I didn’t know about this then.. Oh well, I guess I have to go back soon 🙂

  5. Manding

    September 20, 2011

    This looks like an absolute dream !

  6. Meg

    September 20, 2011

    Amazing jeans. Highwaisted rocks. Did you work your French skills to bargain down that table?!

  7. Susan

    September 20, 2011

    I’m so glad high-waisted jeans are back…they suit me well! Love those…and I’ve never witnessed the tiny brocantes stands, how wonderful!

  8. Amanda

    September 20, 2011

    You know it would be nice to get some sort of feedback from men here. However, we would either think they are hitting on us or gay. The only interaction I had with French men were staring in the metro and waiters. They seemed indifferent to our large group of travelers.

    I love your blog! Good stuff! Working on starting my own right now: Check it out if you have time! Thanks.

  9. jillian

    September 20, 2011

    CUTE jeans! and i want that silver chair. hopefully i can catch one of these markets when we go to paris next year on our honeymoon! xoxo jillian:: don’t miss my ayofemi jewelry giveaway

  10. rhiannon

    September 20, 2011

    super cute, i love those jeans!

  11. molly ruth

    September 20, 2011

    that french market is the stuff dreams are made of. how charming!! and how wonderful to get honest feedback from men when you are looking good. the last time i was in paris was in 1993 and my dad got his bottom pinched by a french man. he was shocked, but flattered.

  12. Kersey

    September 20, 2011

    I love your outfit here. The whole “long sleeves poking out from underneath a sweater” is adorable!

  13. AnnabelVita

    September 20, 2011

    I love brocantes! I got a gorgeous vintage map from one for 15€ at a brocantes and then saw a very similar ones at the puces for 140€. I was thrilled.
    There’s a picture of the map here:

  14. rubi

    September 20, 2011

    you look so good! your hair, your outfit, everything. oh and the brocantes look cool too.

  15. Jenna {Jenna Sais Quois}

    September 20, 2011

    I am continually jealous of your Parisian posts! And of course all of your other European jaunts as well…but what I’d love to do the most is just live the day-to-day Paris life, and spend a weekday just poking around these markets. You seem to definitely be making the most of your time in France. Thanks for posting!

  16. Sarah @

    September 20, 2011

    That is a cute picture with the striped shirt too. Oh man I saw like 10 things I wanted in just those few pictures you posted. How fun. Thanks for all the info. This will be a good reference next time I visit Paris.

    – Sarah

  17. allisonfrances

    September 20, 2011

    everything about your Paris blog makes my heart long to go to Paris.
    I didn’t a tour around Europe and only spend 1 day in Paris. I OBVIOUSLY wasn’t enough…. I barely got a taste. I can’t wait to go back! Thanks for all your posts… I will defiantly be using them in the future!

  18. Kacie

    September 20, 2011

    Thanks for the jean tip! I am in need of some new jeans and I love those! Plus the gap is affordable!


  19. Heather

    September 20, 2011

    Hey! What do you know about that chair? I bought one at a thrift store for super cheap and I love it. It looks a lot like Tolix.

  20. Sarah

    September 20, 2011

    Do they tell you in French, Jordan?! That’s so interesting. I remember getting a few more smiles and nods in France then I’m used to in SF. 🙂

  21. rebecca s.

    September 20, 2011

    i love the first photo of you and your children. so chic!

    everything looks wonderful! does it make you want to stay permanently so you can furnish your entire home?

  22. Jess

    September 20, 2011

    Jordan thank you for the flea market links. I’ve found a few that will be on when I’m in Paris in a few weeks time! Thanks a milllion.

  23. Mrs. Châtelaine in Paris

    September 20, 2011

    We have a monthly brocante that turns up along the major street in our arrondisement — it is dangerous, can I ever tell you!!! Hubby knows that I’ll be gone for a couple of hours! 😉


  24. fanfamfun

    September 21, 2011

    beautiful post! (you do look super stylish!) you are inspiring me to drag the family to a market… but probably not the portobello rd market 🙂

  25. kay*

    September 21, 2011

    ugh, i’ve wanted a juju hat forEVER. i have a friend volunteering in Cameroon and i’ve made them promise to track one down and ship it to me before they leave. lucky you!

  26. Rose

    September 21, 2011

    Sigh. Just went to my local flea market here in Florida, and let’s just say it is NOTHING like the ones in Paris!

  27. Kelsey Grauke

    September 21, 2011

    Jordan- I love, love your blog! We share the same dreams and inspiration for life it seems! This is a funny questions, but would you mind posting about your hair sometime? I love how you do it and was wondering how you style it or if you have any tips. Thanks!

  28. CourtneyOutLoud

    September 22, 2011

    I am jealous! I would love to see a pic of the hat!!!! I have been eyeing them on eBay for months…..

  29. Kerry

    September 22, 2011

    Oh how we love the French men for this one culture difference alone.
    I remember one of our French friends saying on his first visit here to Australia that he thought it was odd that the women here would not look him in the eye (and smile) when walking down the street. He also said, searching for the right word with his limited English, ‘you look.. .(pause ) beautiful ‘in front of my husband (after a week in casual clothes) when Id dressed for a special party.
    And yes it made me feel special too. And no, my husband did not learn anything from it.

  30. amy

    September 26, 2011

    I’ve been looking high and low for a juju hat. Prices seem vary pretty significantly. I hope it isn’t totally tacky to ask; but how much did you pay for yours?

  31. Sarah @ Designsgood

    September 27, 2011

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day. BTW, you look darling!

  32. Miss Elleen

    September 29, 2011

    oh i m so so jealous! i love brocante fairs!

    did you check the one at lilly? its the biggest in france!

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