Easter is Flea Market Season in France

ChairEaster is Flea Market Season in France

Transforming a beautiful old French holiday home sometimes requires a lot of patience and some persistent bargain hunting. Luckily there is no shortage of markets and garage sales around France that you can plunder to kit out your new des res.

Our magical transformation is in that lovely stage where the yeast is working, the bread has been crafted using carefully considered ingredients, and we can only imagine the smell and taste after it bakes in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Sourcing French Furniture

Now, picture yourself arriving at our lovely le Muguet property near Uzes, roughly 10 days ago, with instructions to Arcardio, le chat, to stay out of gutter pipes and to behave property whilst in Vers Pont du Gard!  Faced with about two weeks to craft the needed structural work and locate the essential furniture pieces, what happens first?

I offered Dan and Francesco a pretty good list of local resources to call upon near Uzes – my painter friend Christian and his wife Cathy, nearby Sophie who lives around the corner from our house, the name of a reliable cleaning woman, and a referral to Elizabeth Lallemand, the proprietor of local BnB Maison de la Bourgade and a person with an exquisite eye for decor.

Antique French clockDeep breath… first we dealt with a fridge on the blink and a vacuum with a broken part. Then Francesco (a native French speaker) located a local plumber and carpenter to carry forth.

Flea Market Season

Meanwhile the word on the street was that Easter season was THE flea market season of the year! Dan had come prepared with a list of all Vide Greniers (day long garage sales with folks emptying their attics) and Brocantes (similar to an antique store but with lesser value items) and Marche Aux Puces (French flea markets) located within 100 km of our Vers house.

These attract some serious bargain hunters. Here’s a little about these markets, taken from the January issue of French Property News:

“There are numerous markets, or marché des puces, across France but the largest is the Marche aux Puces de St Ouen on the outskirts of Paris. Referred to as ‘the attic of the world’ by Anne Gregg in her book Tarragon & Truffles, this marché is full of treasures from Meissen porcelain to antique textiles, a real must for the serious collector and for those passionate about creating interiors that are true to the principles of bringing the past into present.
The second largest flea market in France is in the picturesque town of L’Isle sur la Sorgue just south of Avignon. Designers and collectors alike visit this antique market to source for clients and private collections as well as a large number of tourists hoping to pick up a little gem for just a few euros.”

Isle sur la Sorgue

Isle sur la Sorgue

You can see some of the treasures we found for le Muguet property in our other posts on French flea markets and French home decor.

Where are your favourite places to shop for antiques in France?

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