If you’re a visitor to Paris you may wonder, as you wander through the central historic districts of the city past its endless luxury boutiques, how Parisians can afford to live here. Rest assured that most of the locals are not shopping where you’re sightseeing. At least not outside the sales! One oft-ignored place to find super-cheap bargains is in the city’s open-air food markets. Between the food stands are vendors selling everything from hats and scarves to leather goods and lingerie. You’ll find kitchen utensils, toys, jewelry, shoes, and all kinds of clothes. Aside from a few artisans (particularly if you’re at the pricey Organic Market at Raspail), the stuff sold at these stands is usually cheap. Very cheap. “Dollar shop” cheap. Loose change in your pocket cheap. Maybe you’ll find a cute skirt for €10, three pairs of cotton socks for €2, a pretty “pashmina” scarf for €5, lacey undies for €3, a stylish sun hat for €15, a nice leather wallet for €12. In the summer time there are even more of these stands as they replace many of the food vendors for the summer. It’s not “Made in France” and the quality obviously matches the price, but it’s a great place to shop in a pinch, especially if you’re still waiting for your suitcase of clean clothes to arrive. Check the list of markets here.