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It’s funny how perceptions can change when you’re rambling through a flea market. Items that wouldn’t even catch your eye in another setting – a quaint set of doll’s house table and chairs, say, or a battered dial phone, or some crumbling polaroids from the ’60s – can quite easily become objects of desire when laid out by charmingly eccentric stallholders. One man’s junk really is another man’s joy in these bazaars of the bizarre. And while there has been an inevitable influx of generic tourist stands selling the same ‘Chat Noir’ T-shirts, these three storied flea markets in Paris remain an invaluable resource for second-hand trinkets and time-worn curios. Looking for a souvenir? You could do much worse than in these sprawling cities-within-a-city.
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