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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 (marché au puces or vide grenier,  second hand and antique shops […]

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Antiques and Flea Markets in Paris

Written by on February 26, 2013 in Markets, Paris with 0 Comments
Antiques and Flea Markets in Paris

  Want to know where to search for great one off pieces, unique finds, a piece of vintage French paraphernalia in Paris? Look no further – we tell you the locations of the best second hand markets in the city, where the fashionistas and designers shop for that indefinable je ne sais quois piece for […]

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Grand Flea Market of Amiens

Written by on September 27, 2012 in Markets
Grand Flea Market of Amiens

Each year the town of Amiens in the region of Picardy holds two grand flea markets known as Réderies. Held on the last Sunday of April and the first Sunday of October and starting for those who are keen at 05.00. With some 2,000 exhibitors selling everything from antiques to spare car parts this is […]

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Braderie de Lille dates and Practical Information

Written by on August 27, 2012 in Markets with 0 Comments
Braderie de Lille dates and Practical Information

The weekend of the first Sunday in September is when the Braderie de Lille, Europe’s largest flea market, is held  With some 2.5 million visitors to the town, its a busy time so make your visit go smoothly with some practical information. Car Parking at the Braderie de Lille You cannot access the town of […]

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Europe’s biggest Flea Market – Braderie de Lille

Written by on August 27, 2012 in Markets with 1 Comment
Europe’s biggest Flea Market – Braderie de Lille

The first weekend of every September sees the annual Braderie de Lille take place – the biggest flea market in Europe! History of the Braderie de Lille The Braderie de Lille has an ancient past – historians seem to agree that it goes back to the 12th Century when employers allowed their servants to sell […]

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