Browsing the mounds of old custom jewelry, boxes full of out-of-print books, and stalls selling from statues to porcelain sets to coins turns out to be especially appealing on one of Sampa's cloudy days. Across Paulista Avenue, another fair - this one selling arts and crafts - spreads on the sidewalk by Parque Trianon.
MASP is open on Sunday (see hours below) and you can pair up the fair with a tour of the museum, whose collection of Western Art is considered the most important in Latin America.
The nearby Trianon-MASP subway station (Green Line) places you within easy reach of two other Sunday fairs held by the subway: the one at República Square and the Japanese Fair in Liberdade.
Unless you're a serious investor with a lot of cash to splurge on Brazil's prohibitive shipping costs, the small, light items at the MASP antiques fair are more likely to suit your souvenir shopping.
Add to your own treasure box or surprise a friend with off-the- beaten-track, affordable collectibles. Take Carlos Augusto de Lima's Banca 10 (Stall 10), for example, where you can buy vintage postcards of Brazil cities, photos of second-team soccer players from olden days and other paper mementos for $5 or less.
At Banca 8, owned by Arnaldo Piccardi, you'll find coins and bills in the $10-$15 range. Bring home some old Brazil money - perhaps a silver 500 réis coin from 1865 or cruzeiro bills from the 1960s.
MASP Antiques Fair Hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun and holidays 11a-6p
Ticket office closes at 5p.
MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo)
Avenida Paulista 1578
São Paulo - SP