Markets are maybe the best way to shop and taste the culture both at the same time. Go and search for treasures or just enjoy the whole happening.
We share some tips of Anthropologie's buyer-at-large and former star of Man Shops Globe: Keith Johnson. A seasoned traveler and expert treasure hunter, from Paris to London to India and beyond.
AMULET MARKET, BANGKOK
"I love Bangkok's main amulet market, it is the source for all manner of charms to bring you luck and ward of evil, from carved Buddha's to intricately wrapped stones, rings and bracelets. You have to go early before the river floods all the stalls".
MARCHE AUX PUCES DE CLINGANCOURT, PARIS
"Le Marché aux Puces in Paris is a must. It is not always as exciting as years past, but I never go away empty handed. Head straight to the Paul Bert section for Midcentury and trendier antiques. Many of the stalls are done up with great style".
PUCES DE VANVES MARKET, PARIS
"For more affordable and luggage friendly smalls try Porte de Vanves. A bit in the middle of nowhere but last time I took home some real bargains. That's not easily done at Le Marché aux Puces de Clingancourt".
AVIGNON MARKET, SOUTH FRANCE
"While in France head south to the Avignon Market. Held several times a year; it's great for decorative antiques. Prices are generally lower than in Paris".
BERMONDSEY MARKET, LONDON
"I still like Bermondsey Market in London, it's down and dirty but fun".
BRIMFIELD ANTIQUE SHOW, MASSACHUSETTS
"Of course the big market in the States is Brimfield. Brimfield Market is the most famous market in America and attracts a lot of European dealers and dealers from all over the country. People look forward to it for months. Anything might turn up". The market is thrice yearly with shows in May, July and September.
COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET, LONDON
"I love the Columbia Road Flower Market. The variety of flowers is amazing and the old time atmosphere with all the vendors calling out what they have is great".
DECORATIVE ARTS FAIR, LONDON
"The Decorative Antiques Fair is great if you're not budget minded and you want the best and you want it now".
"Pimlico Road is best for high end antiques. Jamb Antiques on Pimlico Road is just amazing and the owner is very charming".
JAIPUR BAZAAR, INDIA
"Jaipur has great vintage textiles and of course The Gem Palace. Some of the world's great jewels are there - many have been bought back from ex royal families. Ask them to see their antique cars outback".
JODHPUR MARKETS, INDIA
"Jodhpur Markets have wonderful junk stores on the road up to the Maharajas palace. The shops leading up to the Umaid Bhawan can have some real finds. Once I unearthed some Clarice Cliff pottery from under boxes of old tiles. Another time I bought a childeren's bedroom set allegedly from a royal family, that was carved with an Indian circus theme. You can't predict it".
THE ANTIQUES GARAGE, NEW YORK
"Usually sophisticated shoppers make for better flea markets, that's why The Antiques Garage on 25th street in NYC can be so much fun. So many designers and dealers show up there every weekend. The vendors buy for them so you can spot emerging trends. Of course lots of junk too".
PARMA ANTIQUE SHOW, ITALY
"The Parma Antique Show is vast. Amazing what turns up. I bought 6 huge East European newstands there last time. They looked like little Russian churches. They have a large one every year and several small ones. Make sure you go to the big one".
SAN TELMO MARKETS, BUENOS AIRES
"Buenos Aires has The San Telmo which is open on Sundays. I love the atmosphere and the food. Things tend to be dark and Victorian, lots of deco also".
Source Harper's Bazaar