STREET MARKETS … ALWAYS ON PARIS’ STREETS …

The Parisians love them, and so do tourists. I am talking about the Paris street market. Strolling round Paris on a Sunday won’t be such a delight as it is without a street market. Of course, for those living in Paris they are also – perhaps mainly – a shopping area where one can buy […]

The Stall is Up and first customer has arrived

The Parisians love them, and so do tourists. I am talking about the Paris street market.

Strolling round Paris on a Sunday won’t be such a delight as it is without a street market. Of course, for those living in Paris they are also – perhaps mainly – a shopping area where one can buy anything from an apple to a roasted chicken to a dining-room suite. And buy such things at a much lower price than in Paris’ shops.

Last Sunday (March 7 2021) I photographed a stall owner setting up her stall. I did so from one of my windows.

It’s 7 in the morning, and the stall keepers are setting up their stalls, carrying their goods from small trucks.

She pulled up in a small and rather battered van at 7 that morning and by 9 her stall was set up. She sells watches. Not Rolexes I ought to point out, but at the general price of 5 Euro her customers will have a watch keeping time for — well, for a few months.

Usually such street markets close at 7 p.m. so the stall keepers start to pack up at around six.

Busy setting up the stall.
The stall is up and under canvas as it is a raining day.

I admire there perseverance because every day, but Monday, they set up the stall somewhere on a Paris street. So the unpacking and repacking is a life’s job. (Monday, by the way, is, and has been, Paris’ closing day for years and years. This is because once – in the last century – Sunday was opening day, so Mondays was closing day.)

Pix – c.c. Marilyn Z. Tomlins

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response

3-13-2021 at 13:28:52

You are so right, tourists like myself love the markets in Paris. I would love to see what’s on offer. Maybe a photo or two would do. Thank you for a very interesting article.

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