[WORLDKINGS] Top 100 famous markets in the world – P43 - Aux Timbre market (France): Most unique stamp market in France


(WorldKings.org) The Paris Stamp Market (‘Marché aux Timbres’) attracts stamp collectors and connoisseurs of all ages at the Carré Marigny, an open-air space located in the garden of the Champs-Elysées.


Located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, at Carré Marigny, the Stamp Market continues to attract stamp collectors every weekend. You'll find about fifty stalls, manned by both professional and amateur collectors.




There are two sections to the stamps market in the Carré Marigny. Behind the Théâtre Marigny, (formerly the Bouffes Parisiens, that Jacques Offenbach conducted in 1855 before leaving for a larger venue), and along the Avenue Gabriel, between the Avenue Matignon and the Avenue de Marigny, are the licensed stamp vendors.




Along Avenue Matignon, there is a second category of vendor, comprising individuals known as the "wet feet", since, unlike the officially sanctioned sellers, they are not protected by a tent, and on rainy days, they find themselves ankle-deep in the puddles, exchanging postcards or stamps. They are tolerated even though they are unlicensed. This trade is overseen by police in civilian clothes, who will arrest offenders.



As well as buying stamps, you can also trade those from your own collection with traders looking to improve their international collections. You'll also find some traders selling letters, postcards and phonecards.



Whatever the budget, both the curious visitors and the philatelists bustle about the fifty or so stalls held by professional vendors who sell and buy stamps from all over the world, as well as letters, postcards and phone cards.



Finally, it's worth noting that you can often find current stamps at a fraction of their cost at the Post Office. Collectors and traders, the Stamp Market awaits your visit!

The market is opened on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, from 9am to 7pm.


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