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Flea market: photos, description (Marche aux puces de St-Ouen)

A few years ago, the flea market on the Rue des Rosiers near metro Porte de Klinyankur, was granted national heritage status. This fact shows how seriously the Parisians refer to the marchés aux puces (flea markets) that its share of works on clearing of a city from old things.

Paris flea markets have been around for over a century. Collection and resale of used things is a business as old as the world. In 1880 Parisians were thrown up to 75 tons of junk a year, all this stuff did not have time to disassemble a whole army of rag pickers.

Then the prefect of the capital, Pabel ordered to put on the streets metal boxes. So there was a garbage can, which is still called by the name of the prefect - poubelle. And scavengers were forced to concentrate on special markets outside the city limits, which then took place relatively close to the center.

These markets are called flea. The only officially permitted flea market in the city centre until 1955 there was a market on a small square Saint-Médard on the Rue Mouffetard. But he couldn't compete with the huge markets of used things, the biggest of which was a flea market on the Rue des Rosiers.

It was founded in the late XIX century and is one of the largest in Europe. There are several thousand sellers, holding commercial space in the conglomerate of fifteen small markets with different names and different orientation: from antique furniture to clothes and electronics. Gallery market stretches for several kilometers. Here you can find not only trash, but also completely new clothes and furniture, books and African figurines. And next may well be a bookcase from an old French castle.

Weekly, this market is visited by more than a hundred thousand of customers. Rush hour starts in the afternoon, so to come here better in the morning. At the flea market are supposed to bargain. Many shops accept credit cards. And finally, going here, better wallet safely stowed away in the inside pocket - just like in the old days, they actively foraged Paris pickpockets.