This weekend, I checked out the Marché aux Puces (marshay oh poose), or flea market, at Porte de Vanves in Paris. I’d been to the big flea market at Porte de Clingnancourt a number of years ago. It’s huge and filled and filled with everything from very valuable antiques to cheap clothing. The Puces at Vanves is much smaller with about 380 merchants lining the sidewalk on two streets at right angles to one another. The goods for sale were more in the bric-a-brac, or brocante, category than pedigreed antiques, but there was plenty of interesting stuff to peruse – leather bound books, lots of china and silver, vintage lace and linens, old postcards and photographs, among other goodies. I scored a Christmas present for my impossible-to-buy for father – an exact duplicate of a carving set my parents received as a wedding present 57 years ago that my Dad wrecked 56 years ago. I got to practice my virtually non-existent bargaining skills and got the price knocked down. I don’t think you could furnish your entire home at Vanves, but you could certainly find plenty of authentic French goodies to add some je ne sais quoi. Vanves is open every Saturday and Sunday with varying hours. It opens around 7 am for the dedicated hunter. Take metro line 13 to Porte de Vanves and follow the signs to Avenue George Lafenestre and Avenue Marc Sangnier.