Fall 2008 Dates for the Foire Nationale de la Brocante et du Jambon

Dear Ms. Antiques Diva,

tou+pig.gif”>tou+pig.gif” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I have a question I hope you can help me with. The show dates for the Chatou March Brocante are widely available. Every year, however, finding the dates for the Chatou Fall show is difficult. If you know the dates for the 2008 September/October Chatou show, I would appreciate knowing them.

I hope to hear from you!

Ms. DZ from La Crosse, Wisconsin


Dear Ms. DZ,

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Foire Nationale de la Brocante et du Jambon Sep 26 – Oct 5, 2008

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I am happy to oblige and I agree that the autumn dates are a tad elusive. At present, they are not even posted on tou/foire/acc.htm” target=”_blank”>the fair’s own website, but you came to the right source. I hope you’ll soon be booking an Air France flight to gaie Paris! Say what you want about “Paris in the Springtime,” but I, for one, love Paris in the fall! The Foire Nationale de la Brocante et du Jambon will be held September 26 to October 5, 2008. If you’re a professional antique dealer or decorator, don’t forget you can register to come a day early (on Sept 25) before the fair opens to the public. This allows you first dibs and to avoid the crowds whilst rubbing shoulders with other chi-chi professional shoppers on Dealer Day.

Should you reach exasperation at not being able to find out the exact date in the future, you’re always welcome to ask me, The Antiques Diva™. But in the meantime, I’ll let you in on a little trade secret.

One of my best resources for finding a brocante date is a French magazine called Antiquites Brocante. Ms. DZ, you didn’t say in your email if you speak French or not, but if “tu ne parle pas francais”, have no fear! Though this magazine is written in French, anyone who knows how to read a French address and is willing to learn the names of the calendar months can decipher the advertisements and market announcements for the Foires, Marchés et Brocantes. While an article would be too complicated for a beginner, the dates alone are worth their weight in gold.

You can pick up a copy of Antiquites Brocante at virtually any magazine stand in Paris. My favorite magazine vendor happens to be the one in the La Motte Picquet Metro station just before you descend the stairs to take the Line 10. They have a beautiful selection of French decorating maggy’s and tend to be conveniently located on metro treks across the city. I also have spent loads of “louis d’or” on deco magazines at Buci Presse, 4 Rue Grégoire De Tours, in the 6eme, where they sell both English and French publications.

Bonne Brocanting!

The Antiques Diva ™

Brocante: A French flea market or bric-a-brac fair. Especially interesting to aspiring diva’s as French antiques and vintage goods are sufficiently more chic than used goods from other countries.

For more details see the tou/foire/acc.htm” target=”_blank”>Foire website or, better yet, read about it on the pages of the The Antiques Diva!
Part 1 – to-find-my-favorite-french.html” target=”_blank”>Q&A; – Where to Find My Favorite French Flea Markets
Part 2 – My Favorite Flea Market

Part 3 – One Minute Diva – The Foire Nationale…

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  • Todd,

    You’ve made my day with your nice words! I hope you have a wonderful shopping time at Chatou!

    As La Reine said, parking is free at Chatou but limited. Here’s a link to the fair’s map http://www.sncao-syndicat.com/sncao/chatou/foire/plan.htm . Last March my husband and I drove around for over an hour before finding a spot at 11am on a Saturday. We then walked 20 minutes to the fair from the spot we finally found! Needless to say, go early! The good news is there is plenty of pork on hand at the fair to give you extra stamina should you grow weak from all that walking!

    Rather than running back and forth to your car, unless you find excellent parking up close, it’s an idea to leave your purchases with your vendor until you are ready to leave the fair. The first time I did this it freaked me out – but now I almost always leave my purchases with the vendor and an hour before leaving (which for me is usually near closing time) I make my rounds picking up the loot! I’ve not once had a problem doing it this way! It saves walking back to the car or carrying too many purchases around for the afternoon!

    As La Reine said, dealers usually deliver free within Paris, but for outside of Paris, don’t forget shipping for larger purchases. The fair does have an arrangement with http://www.sncao-syndicat.com/sncao/LIENS/TRANSPORTEURS/transporteurs.html and I’ve heard that http://www.alanfranklintransport.co.uk/fairdates.asp also does shipping for Chatou. If you think you might buy an Armoire and have it sent home to you, it might be worth contacting these shippers in advance to get rates, and to confirm on how their process works. I’ve not used either shipper, so if you do, I’d love an update on how the process works!

    Bonne Shopping!
    The Antiques Diva

  • Bonsoir Todd
    When we lived in Paris, my husband and I always drove to Chatou, there is parking for the Foire right on the Ile de Chatou (For some reason, when I went to Chatou with girlfriends, we always took the train, and struggled with hauling home our small purchases. Vendors will deliver to Paris for a free or nominal fee, but often won’t deliver until after the Foire is over, it varies from dealer to dealer).

    If you do drive and leave the Foire to stash some things in your car before continuing shopping, be sure to get a ticket from the gate to permit free re-entry to the Foire.

    And while there is parking, the Ile has limited space, so get there early to secure a parking spot, or plan to spend alot of time circling the lot. You’ll see some creative parking!

    HINT: While you’re on the Ile de Chatou, take some time for a walk to enjoy the scenery, you’ll see some views you might recognize from one of the more famous impressionist paintings!

    bonne courses!

  • Hello Antiques Diva!

    Okay, I followed your instructions and now I’ve got my dealer invitation in hand for the September 25th pre-opening. I would like to bring my car and park it somewhere nearby to stash my purchases as I shop. Is that possible? Is there fairground parking nearby or any public parking garages I can count on having an open space? Thanks for the info, your site is a gold mine of information. Todd U. Albion, Michigan and Warburg, Germany

  • Howdy Texas,

    To register for Professional Day at Chatou, send an email to sncao@wanadoo.fr (in English is fine) explaining that you are a professional (decorator, antiques dealer, etc) and ask for an invitation to come on the professional day. Give them your home or business mailing address and your phone #. You’ll receive a response within a few days (or even hours) confirming that they will mail you your invite.

    The Antiques Diva (TM)

  • Hello From Texas!
    Thanks for having the date for the Chatou Faire in the fall. How do you register and who do you need to show to enter as a decorator? A license? Business card?
    Thanks so much,Pam

  • Sincere thanks for your prompt reply to the question about the Chatou September/October 2008 brocante show dates.

    Receiving the information now allows time for making advance reservations on Air France and at our favorite 1st arrondissement hotel! I am curious to know whether the Chatou fair committee and SNCAO are the same resource?