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Visiting the Lille Braderie Flea Market

Written by on August 25, 2015 in Events, Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Visiting the Lille Braderie Flea Market

For years my neighbours went on about “The BIG One”, the Lille Braderie, the biggest flea market in Europe with its 10,000 stalls full of bits and bobs, vintage, antiques, pre-loved pieces. Here in France going to flea markets at the weekend or on a national holiday, is a national hobby… but going to the […]

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Lille Braderie 2015

Written by on August 6, 2015 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais
Lille Braderie 2015

The Braderie de Lille is the BIG one, the biggest flea market in Europe and for lovers of vintage, bargains and old tat this is a place of wonderment and temptation… Ancient History Held every September, the Braderie de Lille has been going on for centuries. No one knows for sure why or how it […]

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Three marvellous markets in Provence

Written by on July 19, 2015 in Markets, Provence-Alpes
Three marvellous markets in Provence

Without a doubt one of the best things to do when in Provence is to visit the markets. It doesn’t matter whether they are big or small; the markets are where you can really experience an authentic French way of life. The market at Isle-sur-la-Sorgue One of the largest markets in Provence is held every […]

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All the Fun of the Flea Market in France

Written by on June 9, 2015 in Markets
All the Fun of the Flea Market in France

The big day has arrived. You’ve digested that article in your Sunday paper and you’re off, yes, yes, I am going to France to buy and sell vintage and make my fortune.  Shall you find apothecary bottles or old, vintage maps, furniture to be shabby chic’d? Does your list include Koestler’s lost novel or Duchamp’s […]

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Monday Antiques and Flea Market Cours Saleya Nice

Written by on April 14, 2015 in Markets, Provence-Alpes
Monday Antiques and Flea Market Cours Saleya Nice

It’s Monday in Nice! The food and flower vendors are taking a well-deserved day off. Another kind of magic, a fabulous flea market/marché aux puces, appears under the colorful, striped canopies of the stalls that fill the pulsating nerve-centre of the Vieille Ville. Steps away from the siren call of the sparkling Mediterranean, another kind […]

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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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