A Few French Flea Markets for Your Summer Agenda

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Antiquites Salons – 11-20 July and 9 – 20 August, 2008
Le Grand Jardin Fayence – 70 vendors located in the historic center of Fayence, a medieval town near Nice.

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450 Vendors in the streets of the “centre ville”

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Maritime Brocante – 60 vendors “bord de mer” located on the Promenade Regates.

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Salon des Antiquaires – 65 vendors at the Espace Bellevue Le Capitole.

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85th annual Antiquities Fair/Brocante – 200 vendors at the Parc Gautier, Avenue des Quatre-Otage and Esplanade Robert Vasse.

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42nd Annual Foire aux Antiquites et a la Brocante – 100 vendors at the Esplanade du Berry

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Foire a la Farfouille – 1500 Vendors – Le Village

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145th Marche d’un Jour at the Parc des Expositions Chateaublanc – Aeroport

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Essentially a town-wide garage sale. 8000 vendors in centre ville.

Bordeaux – 14 September, 2008
Grand Déballage de Brocante at the Place du St Michel

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • I have been in the antiques business for over 15 years, mostly interested in french, "shabby chic" furnishings, some primitive; cottage painted items; toleware; beaded chandeliers; garden ornaments & furniture; ornate mirrors; "old world" pieces; Sunday afternoon floral oil paintings; etc. Pickins' are slim in PA for that particular list!! I am not into the rare or high end items; but but more affordable, inexpensive for quick turnovers. I don't like stale inventory!

    How does one go about purchasing items from containers shipped from France/Italy? Do you have to know a dealer from the area or have certain contacts? Or would the cost out-weigh my demand? Any info would be much appreciated!

    Thank you in advance,
    "Boutique Bijou"

  • You truly were a priceless find Diva!

    I will definitely broaden my horizons and look into Germany, Poland and Belgium. The whole point is to buy as cheaply as possible so i can attach reasonable price tags to my finds.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the fairs listed above, i shall look into those pronto and also book up my Hotel for next September.

    My website is being worked on as we speak http://www.thefrenchthief.com I will let you know as soon as it goes live..

    A Bientot…The French Thief

  • Dear “French Thief”

    I love your nom de plume and this is such a good question I’ll post a blog on it later this month! If you have a website let me know and I’ll post a link to it when I post the blog. In the mean time, I wanted to get back to you with an answer to all your questions! What a wonderful journey you’re embarking on! I can’t wait to see what items you scavenge!

    Indeed the Braderie de Lille is held every year – the first weekend of September. Should you be planning to go next year, book your hotel now as all the hotels for hours around sell out 6 months in advance! It’s an excellent town wide garage sale!

    Regarding your next question, “Do you put up a diary of fairs every year?” – I don’t do comprehensive lists, but whenever I have a full line up of fairs to tell readers about I try to post the information. It’s always wise to email and ask me if I have any information if you’re going to be in a specific area and are looking for fair dates. Sometimes I have dates/info and simply don’t get them posted due to the sad fact that there are only so many hours in a day!

    Regarding the time of year most fairs are held, it depends on the country. I find many of my favorite fairs in summer, but fairs do occur year round! In fact, in Italy summer is the worst time to attend flea markets as many of the Italian vendors close for summer! Some great resources to stay informed on upcoming fairs are:

    Antiquites Info
    No website, but email antiquites.info@wanadoo.fr for more info on subscribing. (20E w/in France 25E foreign addresses)

    Antiek Verzamel Krant

    Antiquites Brocante

    Kunst & Antiek Journaal

    A website I use regularly is: http://www.info-brocantes.com/

    You asked where to go to find cheap and affordable wares – BELGIUM!! This is my favorite place to shop and you can get incredible prices for western Europe. I wrote an article on this for Expatica that you might find interesting… http://www.expatica.com/be/life_in/leisure/Shopping-for-antiques-in-Belgium.html
    You might want to consider hiring The Belgian Antiques Diva Tour Guide to take you around on a private tour for a few days to show you the best places for bargains in Little Belgie. Email me toma@antiquesdiva.com for details. We take many vendors to our secret sources to show them the best places for antique shopping! https://www.antiquesdiva.com

    By the way, if you’re willing to go to Eastern Europe incredible bargains are to be found in Poland and Germany.


    Good Luck French Thief and Stay in Touch! I would love to have you do a guest blog in the future! Upcoming Fall Fair 2008 list follows!

    All the best,
    The Antiques Diva

    Upcoming Fall Fair 2008 List


    L’isle sur la Sorgue 1 & 2 November Brocante de Toussaint

    Grand Deballage Marchand International D’antiquites Sunday November 2 Stade de la Mediterranee

    Salon des Antiqvaires Toulouse 8 – 16 November Parc des Expositions (professional days 6 & 7 Nov)

    Paris Porte de Montreuil 11 November Avenue du Professeur A. Lemiere
    Nuits Saint Georges Salon de la BROCANTE 15 -16 November

    Grand Deballage Euro Puce du Nord Reims 15 & 16 November (Should be lower end items)

    Reims Salon des Antiquities 23,24 25 January Caveau de Castelnau


    Luxembourg Foire Brocante Antiquities 8 – 9 November


    Mouscron Belgium 29th Foire D’Antiquities Brocante 21-23 November


    Brocante des Zahringen Fribourg Switzerland 21-23 Nov

  • Debbie,
    Huge Apologies, I just saw the comment The French Thief posted and when I went to respond to her comment I saw yours and realized that I never responded to your comment posted this August. You left the comment while I was away for the month of August and it slipped right by me! I’m looking forward to exploring your tours and seeing what wonderful treasures are in store! Thanks for stopping by and look forward to partnering up on a future event! Will email you directly! Apologies on my oversight!
    All the best,
    The Antiques Diva

  • Dear Diva,

    I have just found your site and already have learned so much.

    I am attempting to open an antiques business trading in Shabby chic French Finds. I Know nothing about the industry, but have a fabulous eye for unique pieces. So, i start my journey! Are there any fairs similar to La Braderie de Lille i can go to this winter? Is that one on every year? Do you put up a diary of fairs every year? I am itching to start exploring but it seems alot of the fairs are in the summer. Is this true? Where would i be best advised to go to find cheap and affordable wears? I am really looking for the ‘chuck out your loft and celler’ onto the street style fairs rather than the more upmarket expensive ‘antiques’.

    I really hope you can help.

    Thankyou so much already!

    The French Thief!

  • I just found out the dates for the Chatou Foire au Jambon, and rushed to post them on the AD network, but alors! the AD already beat me to it…she found and posted the dates last week!

    Anonymous, it is definitely worth visiting Paris when the Chatou brocante is on, it’s usually late September and mid-March. From their website, I don’t believe the 2009 foire dates have been set yet… keep checking!


  • Antiques Diva, I plan to be in Paris September 4th – 9th. Do you know the dates of the brocant in Chatou for September?

  • Dear Anonymous!

    Huge apologies on my delay responding to your questions about Lille and Gien!

    I’m going to make a note in my “to be blogged” folder to write about these two topics this fall as there is way too much to say right now before I leave for holiday!

    But I can’t leave you hanging until then, so first off the Gien Outlet in Gien, France is my favorite outlet in the whole country! I’ve been a dozen times and each time find something more I need and adore! Here’s the link


    Do note that on weekdays they do not open until 2pm – so plan your time accordingly!

    Next up – Lille. This is in fact a Suzy Gershman tip that has served me well over the years! To see an excerpt of diva-worthy discussion on Lille in her book Born to Shop France – vist the following link! It’s of pg 141 in case you lose your place and you must scroll down to read the divalicious details of Porthault – which is tres luxe!


    Bonne Shopping!

    The Antiques Diva ™

  • Where are the linen outlets in Lille and as I have Gien Toscana dishes, could you please tell me more about their outlet also? What a wealth of information you are.Thank you so much.

  • Oh that’s a difficult question…. Some of these brocantes are ones that I would go to if I happened to be in the area. For example, I love Biarritz, but wouldn’t go out of my way to go to Biarritz simply for the flea market. However if I happened to be in the area on the date of the flea market I would absolutely go! On the other hand, Lille isn’t in a region I usually have reason to go to, but I love their town wide garage sale and drive the approx 4 ½ hours from my home to go to it every year! I also use this as an excuse to do some outlet linen shopping while in Lille!
    The market in Gien has particular appeal to me at this moment because I need to pick up a few more pieces at the Gien Outlet (which has excellent excellent wholesale prices on their porcelain –thus making it worth the fuel consumption of the 2 hr drive from Paris). So I’m thinking about scheduling my trip to coincide with the Gien flea market dates! I’ve not been to this fair, but given my desire to go to Gien soon anyway – why not test this market and travel accordingly?!?! The same with the Bordeaux market – my husband and I were in St Emillion just last year stocking up on red wine so we won’t go to the market this year, but come next September our cave will be a little low and so I might plan a long weekend in Bordeaux to coincide with Grand Déballage. Last year my poor husband The Wine Guy ended up working on his laptop the entire trip due to a massive emergency deadline in the financial world… so I’m certain he’d be happy to return to this area of France for both wine & sightseeing.
    The L’isle sur la Sorgue fair is famous in the antiques world – but I’ve never been and don’t have a huge interest in going. While I love the town – it’s wall to wall antique shops — what’s not to love – surprisingly, I don’t have an interest in going to this fair. When I’m there I never have enough time to see ½ the shops anyway so adding even more stores actually isn’t a huge selling point to me! That said, my friend Gail, an Interior Designer friend from Atlanta plans her holidays in France around this event as she says she scores excellent items at the fair!
    The brocante is in the eye of the beholder. Whenever I’m going to travel somewhere I always look to see what’s on in the area before I go. And sometimes a trip I’ve been planning to take at some point in the future will get pushed ahead of time because I have heard about an event that seems like it would add to my trip experience!

    Hope this helps! Happy Travels!
    The Antiques Diva ™

  • Dear Anonymous Searching for L’Isle Info –

    If you take the Thayls from Amsterdam to Paris Gare de Nord, then switch to the TGV for the Paris to Avignon section it would make for a very long day!

    Flying might be best! I often use Vlieg Wikel to get the best deals on flights.


    At this moment by the way, Ryan Air, which flies out of Eindhoven to Marseille, has 4E one-way prices for this routing in August!! It’s a longer drive from Marseille to L’Isle but if you have the time you could get an incredible bargain! A website with some great hotels (and restros) in L’Isle is Provence Hideaway



    Bon Voyage!
    The Antiques Diva ™

  • Thanks for the info. I would be coming from Holland so I will check out the websites that you gave me . Thanks!

  • Dear Anonymous Searching for Info on L’isle sur la Sorgue–

    The Tourist Information office in L’isle sur la Sorgue offers an Art & Antiquities Tour for groups so it might be worth contacting them to see if you could join one of their previously scheduled group tours or to see if it’s possible to arrange a private tour. On their site there is a pre-fill form you can send them asking your questions.

    Two useful links for you are:

    L’Isle sur la Sorgue Art & Antiques Group Tour:

    L’Isle sur la Sorgue Tour Reservation/Question Form:

    A quick google search came up with some past tours that went through L’isle as part of a group tour coming from America, but as I’m not sure where you’re coming from or what you’re looking for I didn’t research this too much! If you give me more details I’d be happy to look into it for you.

    One site that had potential was Your Man in Europe. I know nothing about the company so can’t make a recommendation on the tours, but it did come up more than once in the google search and might be a starting point for you.

    The Link:

    As for train travel, you can go Paris to Avignon on the TGV. In my opinion, the best option is to rent a car and drive the 20 minutes onto L’Isle. According to the towns tourism webpage, bus transportation is available from Avignon to L’Isle on the Line 18 (which runs via Morières, Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne & Le Thor).

    Here’s a link with bus schedules http://www.beyond.fr/travel/bus11.html.

    I’ve never taken the bus in Provence – so can’t make a recommendation on it or how reliable it is. I’ve always driven to Provence from Paris or rented a car in Avignon. In my opinion Provence is best seen when you are able to stop your car at any point that catches your interest!

    Hope this information helps!

    The Antiques Diva ™

  • Does anyone know if there is any kind of organized tour that goes to the L’isle sur la Sorgue antique/flea market? If not,is it possible to go by train?