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French Attic Finds gorgeous vintage from France

Written by on August 11, 2014 in Expats in France, French Style, Markets
French Attic Finds gorgeous vintage from France

France is famous for its flea markets and antique fairs. Every town and village seems to hold at least one flea market a year and for many people in France, a weekend spent browsing at a brocante is a way of life. For visitors to France a visit to a local flea market is an […]

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Shopping French Flea Markets style

Written by on July 31, 2014 in Markets
Shopping French Flea Markets style

For the vintage lover there’s nothing better than strolling through through a summer brocante, stalls spilling out onto the streets with every imaginable item. Some are bargains, some are not, but the pleasure is definitely in the seeking. There are no rules about what the discerning buyer should look for, the only rule is to […]

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Lille Flea Market 2014 – the biggest in Europe

Written by on July 17, 2014 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Lille Flea Market 2014 – the biggest in Europe

The Lille Flea market, known to the locals as the Lille Braderie, will take place over the weekend of 6th and 7th September 2014 This awesome flea market is the biggest in Europe and attracts up to two million buyers bent on seeking a bargain amongst the 10,000 stall holders. Over 100km of road space is […]

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Cours Saleya market in Nice France

Written by on June 10, 2014 in Markets, Provence-Alpes
Cours Saleya market in Nice France

Cours Saleya market in Nice is at the heart of the Old Town and it’s always pulsating with life.  Striped awnings cover its centre and shelter the products on offer in the daily market.  Crowds of locals and tourists come here to do their shopping or sometimes just to look and snap photos of the […]

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Vintage at the flea markets of France

Written by on January 13, 2014 in Markets
Vintage at the flea markets of France

France is a great place to pick up bargain vintage wares. If you can make the space in your suitcase, with a small amount of rummaging and a bit of haggling, you can come home with a truly chic holiday souvenir by visiting one of the hundreds of thousands of flea markets of France.  The […]

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Christmas shopping at the Waterloo brocante, Belgium

Written by on November 27, 2013 in Guest Blogs, Markets with 0 Comments
Christmas shopping at the Waterloo brocante, Belgium

Waterloo Brocante, Belgium Just over the border of northern France and into neighbouring Belgium you will find that the brocantes so loved by the French are also loved by the Belgians. For a great shopping expedition in an historic location Waterloo ticks all the boxes and can provide a rich hunting ground for a Christmas […]

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Amiens Rederie – fantastic flea market in northern France

Written by on September 5, 2013 in Markets with 0 Comments
Amiens Rederie – fantastic flea market in northern France

We are constantly on the look out for the best flea markets in France and the Rederie or grand flea market of Amiens in the northern French region of Picardy is a spectacular event. Just an hour and a half from Calais, this is where you’ll likely find the bargain of the year and a […]

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Braderie de Lille Flea Market | The Biggest and the Best in Europe

Written by on August 8, 2013 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Braderie de Lille Flea Market | The Biggest and the Best in Europe

There is always a brocante or flea market going on at the weekend somewhere in France but there is nothing quite like the Braderie de Lille. Every year a very special and very big flea market takes place in the vibrant and beautiful city of Lille in northern France. It is the biggest and one […]

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The Annual Bastille Day Montreuil-sur-Mer Antiques Fair

Written by on July 11, 2013 in Markets with 0 Comments
The Annual Bastille Day Montreuil-sur-Mer Antiques Fair

A Bastille Day trip to the walled town of Montreuil-sur-Mer in northern France, just an hour’s drive from Calais reveals extraordinary treasures at the annual 14th July antiques fair… As we stormed through the city walls towards the bustling belly of Montreuil-no-longer-Sur-Mer our hearts simultaneously lifted and sank at the sight of a beautiful but […]

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How to find antiques, second hand markets and flea markets in France

Written by on March 10, 2013 in Markets with 0 Comments
How to find antiques, second hand markets and flea markets in France

One of the questions we’re asked all the time is – how do I find a brocante, antique shop, flea market or auction in “somewhere” in France? It seems that the French national love of browsing the second hand markets  (French: brocantes), flea markets- called marché au puces, braderie, rederie or vide grenier – second […]

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