French Language | The language of bargain hunting

Written by on February 26, 2013 in Words And Phrases

 Flea markets of  France

You scour the stalls of the street markets, haunt the antique shops and comb the second hand sales stores – you spot it, that special item. You want it but, you need to know how much and, if it is over budget how to get it at the price you want.

Here’s a quick guide to French words you can use at  flea markets and brocantes in France to help you get your French bargain!

What is your best price? Quel est votre prix?
Too expensive for me Trop cher pour moi
Can you go a little lower? Pouvez-vous baisser le prix.
To pay in cash Puis-je payer en liquide
How much? Combien?
How much for the two, three, four etc. Combine pour les deux, trois, quatre etc.
How old is it? c\’est de quelle période?
I only have XX Euros – is that enough? Tout ce que j’ai est XX Euros – est-ce suffisant
Can we strike a bargain? Peut-on trouver une bonne affaire?
Okay, Thank you! D’accord, merci!

And for some more useful terms:

Antiques Antiquités
Antiques fair Foire d’antiquités
Secondhand shop Dépot-vente
Attic Sale Vide-grenier
Bric-a-brac shop Brocante
Flea Market Les puces
To haggle Marchander
For Sale À vendre
Sale (as in The Sales) Solde
Sold Vendu

Bonne Chance with that bargain hunting!

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  1. Laura Heyward says:

    If only I had these phrases when I first came to France. I had shoulder length hair but I wanted a trendy cut, not too short. I was recommended a coiffure in the local village. She was on a mission and however much I tried to tell her what I wanted she knew better. As I was 60 and English she had a hairstyle in her mind and was not going to change it. I came out looking like the Queen. I tried to stop her back combing but she carried on regardless and when she got the hair lacquer out I said "NON non" but she still carried on regardless so I thought it was easier to let her do it. It cost 50€! The good news is I ran in to the next shop (Brocante) to brush out the "Queen" style and the lacquer and found an Armoire that I had been looking for so "every cloud….." and now 4 years later I have grown my hair and haven't been to a coiffure since.

    • janinegoodlife says:

      I'm sorry Laura, I couldn't help laughing when you said you're bad hair experience led to a good brocante day! I must say, when I go to the hairdressers I do check them out before I go in as I've had some not so great hair dos too and if I'm not sure about it I write it down on paper before I go in to make sure tey get what I want and I go in the bigger towns too! Bon chance with the next visit, Janine