En 1885, Romain Vernaison, propriétaire d'un terrain maraîcher sis la commune de St-Ouen, décide de sacrifier quelques plants de salades pour louer une poignée d'arpents à des marchands. Ils sont " chiff-tir " ou " biffins " et vendent le produit de leur chine au pied des fortifications de Paris, parce que les franchir leur coûterait l'octroi.
D'autres marchands les rejoignent et bientôt les guinguettes s'installent. Edith Piaf fait ses débuts " Chez Louisette ", et s'encanailler tout en faisant des affaires devient à la mode.
En 1920, le terrain Vernaison se couvre de baraques de bric et de broc pour abriter antiquités et brocantes, intempéries, larcins et mésaventures en tout genres.
Aujourd'hui, au marche Vernaison, on vient choisir ses meubles et la décoration de ses rêves, on s'habille de cuir ou de lingerie fine (Avenue Michelet) et on chine et on fouine. Bref on s'amuse en faisant des affaires.
In 1885, a one Romain Vernaison , the owner of market garden terrain in the Parish of St Ouen, decided to sacrifice some of this salad plants and other vegetable plots to rent a few acres to merchants. These were rag-and-bone men or "ragpickers" who would sell the antique objets they found jumble sales or bartered from scap dealers just outside of Paris. Actually crossing the "wall" of Paris would have involved paying tax known as the "octroi".
Other merchants joined them and soon the fist "guinguettes" were doing good trade. Edith Piaf started her career singing at "Chez Louisette". Now, frequenting the poorer areas and doing good business at same time became very much the fashion.
By 1920, the Vernaison terrain was covered with rough shanty huts erected to protect antiques bric a bracfronm the weather, petty thiefs and various other misadventures.
Today, people flock to the marche Vernaison to choose the furnitures and decoration of their dreams.
They come dressed in leather or fine lingerie (Avenue Michelet), picking and choosing as look around for second-hand bargains. As in the early days, they, too, have fun while doing good business
.

Retour au marche Vernaison