France

FRANCE ANTIQUES TOURS

Antiquing in France is an art in itself.  Speaking the language and knowing the local lifestyle help when perusing Paris or the French countryside for antiques. You tell us what you’re looking for and Antique Tour Guides customize plan a route just for you.  They pick you up at your hotel and take you to our favorite sources.  They translate and negotiate maximizing your time and money.  Whether you’re shopping the Paris Flea Market or going further afield in Provence, Bordeaux or the North of France, our guides have relationships with the best French antique dealers. We offer tours for both tourists and the trade.

See our current France Antiques Tour Options below.

 

BY LOCATION:

 =>  PARIS ANTIQUES AND FLEA MARKET TOURS

1.  The Original Paris Flea Market Tour
Available Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm
Half Day or Full Day Tour

Let our expert Antiques Guides pick you up at your hotel and take you to the famed Puce de Paris St Ouen (Paris Flea Market), complete with 15 districts, over 2,000 vendors and 7 miles of alleyways!  It’s easy for one to get lost in the maze of alleys and streets, but our guides know the market like the back of their hand. We weave into nooks and crannies you’d never find on your own.  We custom plan a route based on your style and budget, maximizing your time and money.  Our Guides have relationships with many vendors and  translate and negotiate on your behalf.  We also liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your items home.

 

2.  Paris Flea Market and Porte de Vanves Tour
Available Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm
Full Day Tour

Start the day with our Antiques Guides picking you up at your hotel and taking you to the Porte de Vanves Flea Market – known as “The Other Paris Flea Market” to shop for smalls, tabletop and vintage items before heading to the Puce de Paris St Ouen (the famous Paris Flea Market) for the remainder of the day.  We custom plan your route based on your style and budget, translating and negotiating on your behalf.  We also liaise you with a preferred international shippers for larger items or discuss alternative shipping methods for smalls.

 

3.  Paris Off the Beaten Path Brocante Tour
Available Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm

Already shopped the famous Puce de Paris or Porte de Vanves? Ready to go further afield to French Flea Markets?  Let our Antique Tour Guides consult their flea market calendar when special brocantes (flea markets) and vide greniers (attic sales) are on to take you off the beaten path for French flea market fun.  Our Guides pick you up at your hotel, translate and negotiate as well as liaise you with a shipper.

 

4.  Paris Antique Shopping Tour of the Marais and Bastille
Available Wednesday-Friday
Half Day Tour

Go beyond the Place de Vosges, visiting the heart of the Marais and Bastille enjoying antique and art galleries, jewelry boutiques and vintage clothing stores.  This tour pairs perfectly with the Behind the Scenes at The Paris Auction House Tour for a full day of Antiques Diva fun! Your guide meets you at your hotel and whisks you away on an adventure. As always your guide custom plans, translates and negotiates.

 

5.  The National Fair of the Flea market and Ham Tour
Available March and September
Full Day and Multi Day Tours

Held only twice a year in March and September, this is France’s largest antiques and gourmet fair with 800 vendors from all over France.  After we pick you up from your hotel we guide you through this famous French antiques fair, translating and negotiating on your behalf.  We also liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your purchases home.

Next Dates:
26 September – 6 October, 2014
March 2015
September 2015

 

6.  Vintage Chanel Tour
Available Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Full Day Tour

Walk in the shoes of Mademoiselle in this special Vintage Chanel Shopping Tour.  Our Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to some of Coco Chanel’s favorite haunts as you visit a slew of vintage fashion boutiques, zig-zagging across Coco’s hometown, shopping for vintage Chanel purses, jewelry, jackets, and more.  A true Diva’s day out!

 

7.  Vintage Fashion Tour in Paris
Available Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Half Day or Full Day Tour

Shop Paris Fashion with a professional Parisian! Our Guide meets you at your hotel and whisks you away to visit French depot ventes, concept stores and second-hand clothing stores allowing you to score vintage French fashions you won’t find on the rack anywhere else.  From clothing to jewelry to shoes and handbags, Paris offers vintage fashions for everyone.  Let our Paris Shopping Guide translate and negotiate on your behalf, allowing you to shop in true Diva fashion!

 

8.  French Fabric & Frills Craft Tour
Available Tuesday-Saturday
Full Day Tour

Seamstress and Crafters will love this tour! Our Guide picks you up from your hotel and takes you to the best ateliers and shops specializing in fabrics, ribbon, buttons and bows. From vintage lace to last season’s Pierre Frey fabric, we help you source French treasures allowing you to create your own designs.  As always, our Guide will translate and negotiate for you.  NOTE: This Tour has a combination of antique, vintage and new fabrics – all fabrics and frills locations are not antique.

 

9.  Auction House Tour in Paris
Availability varies but is typically Monday-
Saturday
Half Day or Full Day Tour

Going Going Gone!  Start bidding at the world famous Paris Auction House with The Antiques Diva & Co by your side.  Your Guide picks you up at your hotel, takes you to the preview and then to the sale.  If you’re looking for paintings, jewelry or vintage pieces of Chanel and Hermes, this is the place to score bargains.  Our Guide translates and helps you bid on your desired pieces.  As always we liaise you with a preferred shipper. Ideal for antique or vintage dealers.

 

10.  Versailles Antiques Tour Overview
Available Saturday and Sunday

9:30am-6pm
Full Day Tour or Half Day Tour starting at 2pm

Our Versailles Antiques Tour gives you the opportunity to buy pieces from the 1770’s and beyond, channeling Marie Antoinette’s extravagant style when shopping the local le baillage or bailiffs’ quarter.  Whether you’re looking for jewels, paintings, glass wares or furniture, this tour is certain to delight.  We usually start the tour in the morning by picking you up from your hotel and visiting the gardens at the Palace of Versailles for an added tourist treat before starting shopping.  Die-hard shoppers can opt to skip the tourist attractions to do extra antiquing in the morning.

 

11.  Paris Villepinte Antiques Trade Fair Tour
Available on dates listed below
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Bringing countryside prices to the city, this trade only antiques fair is for dealers who want to stock their stores with French antiques.  Our Guide picks you up at your hotel and take you to this wholesale fair giving you access to trade only prices. This trade fair is for serious buyers seeking to stock their stores.  As always our Guides translate, negotiate and liaise you with a shipper. Below are the 2014 dates for the Villepinte Fair:

Tuesday 28 October 2014

 


12. 
Chartres Antiques Trade Fair Tour
(1 Hour From Paris)
Available on dates listed below
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This is an ideal tour for antique dealers who want to stock their stores with French antiques and vintage pieces.  Our Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to this trade-only fair, giving you access to countryside antiques at wholesale prices while only being an hour away from Paris. A perfect day trip.  This trade fair is for serious buyers and admittance is only with pre-registration.  Our Antiques Tour Guides translate and negotiate on your behalf helping get you the best deal.  As always, we’ll liaise you with a preferred shipper.  Below are the 2014 dates for the Chartres Trade Fair:

Monday 12 May 2014

Monday 23 June 2014

Tuesday 8 July 2014

Monday 11 August 2014

Tuesday 23 September 2014

 

=>  PROVENCE ANTIQUES AND FLEA MARKET TOURS

1.  L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Available Saturday, Sunday, Monday 9am to 6pm
Full Day Tour

Our Antiques Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to the second largest antiques flea market in France (after the Paris Flea Market) where essentially the entire town center is filled with antiques!  We custom plan a route based on your style and budget, maximizing your time and money.  Our Guides translate and negotiate on your behalf and liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your items home.  Additional visits outside of town in the neighboring countryside are also added in based upon your wish list. Ideal for both the trade and tourist.

 

2.  Avignon Antiques Tour
Available Tuesday-Sunday
Full Day Tour

Our Antiques Guide picks you up from your hotel and drives you to the outskirts of Avignon to our secret antiques sources flea markets and antique stores along with “by appointment only” vendors as we scour the French countryside for the best French Country antiques. We translate and negotiate on your behalf as well as liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your purchases home.

 

3.  Aix en Provence Tour
Available Tuesday-Sunday
Full Day Tour

This is the perfect tour if you are a store owner looking to stock your store with antiques.  On this tour our Antiques Tour Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to our secret sources where you find a plethora of architectural salvage at competitive prices.  Your Guide translates, negotiates and liaises you with a preferred shipper to help get your purchases home.

 

4.  Marseille Antiques Tour
Available Tuesday-Sunday
Full Day Tour

Our Antiques Guide picks you up from your hotel and takes you to our favorite sources in Marseille to shop for French antiques.  From some sources in city center to antique stores well off the beaten path, we’ll customize your tour based upon your style and budget.  We’ll translate and negotiate the best prices for you as well as liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your purchases home.  Ideal for the trade.

 

5.  The Var Antiques Tour
Available Tuesday-Sunday
Full Day Tour

Our Guide picks you up from your hotel and whisks you away to one of the prettiest areas in Provence.  And you might just pop into the pretty people too – Keep an eye for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie while we’re introducing you to some of our favorite French Antique vendors in their home town.  We’ll custom plan the tour, translating and negotiating on your behalf.  We’ll also liaise you with a preferred shipper in order to get your purchases home.

 

6.  Avignon Trade Only Fair
Available on dates listed below

This is the tour for antique dealers who want to source antiques abroad stocking their store with the best French antiques and vintage finds. Our Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to this trade only fair where you’ll buy wholesale antiques in Europe, giving you access to the best priced French antiques, vintage and more.  This trade fair is for serious buyers and is available only through pre-registration.  Plan on queuing early before the fair opens. Let your Antiques Guide clear the way as she translates and negotiates on your behalf.  This is a fast and furious antiques fair and can be overwhelming.  As always, we’ll liaise you with a preferred shipper.

Below are the 2014 dates for the Avignon Trade Fair:

Monday 12 May 2014

Monday 2 June 2014

Monday 30 June 2014

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Monday 27 October 2014

Monday 1 December 2014

Multi-day Tours are coordinated the weekend preceding the date listed.

Ask also about Antiques Trade Fair tours in Beziers and Montpellier.

 

7.  Provence Flea Market Tour
Available Monday-Sunday
Full Day Tour

Visit one of The Antiques Diva & Co’s favorite flea markets in Provence  – Villeneuve les Avignons, Arles, Aix en Provence, Nimes, Carpentras, and Cannes.  Whether you’re a trade professional or a tourist looking to score a deal you’ll love these French flea markets! Our Guide picks you up from your hotel and takes you out for a day of French antiquing. On tour we’ll translate and negotiate on your behalf, as well as liaise you with a preferred shipper.

 

8.  South of France Trade Only Antiques Tour
Available Tuesday-Sunday
One to Four Day Tours

An ideal tour for antique dealers looking to stock their stores, this tour gives you access to our little black book of sources in the South of France. Our Guide picks you up from your hotel and introduces you to key vendors, customizing your tour based on your style budget, and time frame.  We translate and negotiate on your behalf, maximizing your time and money while on tour.  We also liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your purchases home.

 

9.  Bordeaux Antiques Tour
Available Tuesday-Sunday
Half Day Tour

Bordeaux is not only a beautiful city registered as UNESCO world heritage site, it is also a city to indulge in a French quality of  life, wining and dining. Among those unique experiences on your Bordeaux Antiques Tour you will find abundant display of antiques and decors from high end to small treasure to bring home. Our Guide who has spent the last 20+ years exporting antiques can steer you from your hotel through a journey of searching, finding and indulging the French culture and all it has to offer customizing the tour to your wishes. Not only do we translate and negotiate, we also liaise you with a shipper to get your purchases home.

 

10.  Bordeaux Flea Market and Antiques Tour
Available Sunday
Full Day Tour

The Bordeaux Flea Market is an outdoor treasure hunt with reasonable prices starting early on Sunday morning. After shopping the puce our Antiques Guide will circle you through cobblestone streets to charming antiques stores offering a variety of antiques and vintage pieces. You will have the opportunity to try typical local food & wine when we stop briefly for lunch before venturing to onto other quartiers.  We custom plan the route from your hotel based on your style and budget, maximizing your time and money.  We translate, negotiate for you and also liaise you with a shipper to get your purchases home.

 

11.  Bordeaux Quinconces Antiques Fair
Seasonally Spring and Fall
Full Day Tour

Our Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to the Place des Quinconces brocante (flea market) consisting of over 200 dealers.  Shop the vast selection while our Guide translates and negotiates on your behalf. As always, we custom plan a route through the market based on your style and budget, helping maximize your time and money.  We also liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your purchases home.

Next Dates:
21 Nov – 7 Dec, 2014
April/May 2015
November 2015

 

=>  OTHER

1.  North of France Trade Only Antiques Tour
Available Wednesday-Saturday
Two
to Three Day Tours

This is an ideal tour for antique dealers looking to stock their store with French antiques.  Our Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to antique trade only warehouses, antique shops, and “by appointment only” sources around Lille.  We customize this tour based on your style and budget in order to maximize your time and money, taking you directly to our favorite sources.  We translate and negotiate on your behalf, bringing to the table the buying power of our entire client base, giving you an extra advantage when it comes to savings!  We also liaise you with a preferred shipper to get your purchases home.

 

BY THEME

- French Country Furniture
- Provencal Style Antiques
- Antique and Art
- Flea Market Style
- Architectural Salvage
- Garden Antiques