Here at Darcy Antiques, we love nothing more than boarding a plane or ferry and crossing the English channel to France. France has numerous amounts of flea markets, trade shows and antique fairs and with hundreds of events over the year, you will be spoilt for choice! Also as the currency of France is the euro, there is no need for currency exchange, losing out on valuable cash for bargain hunting.
Salon des Antiquaires de Biarritz, in La Halle d’Iraty, Biarritz is one of the most popular, with over 6300 visitors to its August 2011 fair. The fair brings together three worlds in one place, Antiques, Contemporary Art and Design from the 50s-70s. The show is held at the new exhibition center in Biarritz providing comfort and easy access to exhibitors and visitors. The next show will be held on the 5th April to 9th April 2012.
Salon des Antiquaires des Pays d’Aix Marseille is another popular fair which attracts both professional and amateurs alike each year. The fair is held in Parc Chanot, Marseille. The show is also a host to a wide range of antique and contemporary paintings. The fair runs from the 20th October to the 28th October 2012.
Porte de Vanves flea market in Paris is a weekend flea market sitauted near the Porte de Vanves metro stop in Paris. It is one of the best flea markets in France, in terms of size and eclectic nature of its wares. There are more than 300 hundred vendors and most usually stay until 1pm. There is a huge variety of pieces for sale here including paintings, ceramics, silver, art deco, 60s and 70s items, linens, books, militaria, kitchenware, and vintage clothing.
Villeurbanne situated on the outskirts of Lyon is a flea market which runs every Sunday morning, hosting 400 vendors. The market has a focus on rustic collectables of all kinds – agricultural items, garden accessories, furniture, kitchenware, glassware, and copper ware. Some of the merchandise has a strong local connection – implements for wine-making, wooden blocks and spindles for the textile industry, and chocolate molds. You will also find general collectables of all sorts such as paintings, books and toys.
Vieux Quartier, Belfort holds a good size flea market on the first Sunday of every month, except for January and February. Located in the Franche-Comté region, not far from Alsace, this is a great place to find collectables of all kinds from the northeast of France – Alsatian bowls and milk pitchers with flower motifs, grey stoneware jugs, classic ceramic baking molds, and folkloric dishware from Lorraine. You will also see clocks, linens, militaria, books, toys, glassware, copper ware, wooden items of all sorts and some furniture.
For further information on any of the above, you can contact the local tourist information office of each town/city. They are more than happy to email or post on information to satisfy your query.
Safe travels and happy hunting!