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Flea Market: 23 best flea markets in France (2019 update)

Flea Markets in Southern and South-Western France

Toulouse Flea Market (Brocante Saint Aubin – formerly Brocante Saint Sernin)

If you like taking a walk in the morning inside in a giant bric-a-brac, to dig out old rare books, vintage cotton bed linen, old crockery, paintings, and other knick-knacks, then the Brocante Saint Aubin (formerly Brocante Saint Sernin) is the place to be. This flea market is one of the most typical and oldest flea markets in southwestern France, and one of the must-visit Saturday morning markets in “La Ville Rose”.

It pays off to get up early, as the flea market is held every Saturday morning from 8 am to 1:30 pm, when as many as 70 professional exhibitors gather under the trees of Boulevard Michelet around Basilica Saint Aubin, since the market’s original location, around the walls of the Basilica Saint Sernin, is undergoing renovation. By summer 2019, the flea market might return to its original location. In any case, the vendors and quality of goods remains the same.

At Brocante Saint-Aubin, vendors sell a bit of everything, but mostly beautiful vintage items from the 30s to 80s, and intriguing antiques dating back to the last century. Vintage pieces of furniture, paintings, old books, posters from the 1950s, ornaments, old linen, wrought iron, trinkets and other rarities, are some of the treasures to pore over at the Brocante Saint Aubin (Saint Sernin) or take back home.

Brocante Saint Sernin

Brocante Saint Sernin © Flea Market Insiders

The city of Toulouse is a wonderful, sometimes underrated, place to explore, too, with pastel pink medieval buildings in the old town and La Cité de L’espace, a sprawling theme park dedicated to space exploration, on the outskirts of town.

Where: Marché à la Brocante Saint-Aubin – Boulevard Michelet, 31000 Toulouse, France
When: Saturday 8 am to 1.00 pm
Read: Full review of Brocante Saint Aubin / Brocante Saint Sernin 

Pézenas Flea Market (Grande Foire à la Brocante de Pézenas)

Nestled between the Mediterranean sea and the beautiful region of Haut Languedoc, Pézenas is a town rich with the sort of ambience that the South of France is famous for: unspoiled landscapes of undulating vines punctuated by rocky outcrops and rocket pines, traditional wine-making villages and a slower, Mediterranean pace of life.

Beyond its stunning landscape and its architectural appeal, Pézenas is best known for the many craftsmen and antique dealers who reside there all year round. More modest than the Isle sur la Sorgue and its 150 antiques shops, Pézenas nonetheless remains a Mecca for antiques shoppers in Languedoc. The city hosts nearly 50 antique dealers, spreading over an area the equivalent of more than 8,000 square meters, and operating all year long, which makes it the perfect spot for those looking to take advantage of the area’s mild climate in the cold seasons.

Once a year, at the “Grand Déballage” (“Grand unpacking”), Pézenas becomes for a day the center of attention of the whole southern part of the country. More than 150 merchants gather over nearly two kilometers along the National 113, to sell antique furniture, antique linens, jewelry, dishes, silverware, antique weapons, ancient musical instruments, paintings, curios, African art, watches, books, posters…  the antiques fair of Pézenas is as much a cavern of Ali Baba for flea market enthusiasts, as a potential goldmine for seasoned bargain hunters.

Where: Route des antiquaires – R.N. 113, Pézenas, France
When: Twice a year, on the 1st Sunday of May and the 2nd Sunday of October, from 8 am to 6 pm. Next dates: Sunday, May 5, 2019 and Sunday, October 13, 2019
Read: Full review of the Pézenas Grand Déballage

Arles Flea Market

Taking place once a month on the first Wednesday of the month, the delightful brocante d’Arles (Arles flea market) stretches along the tree-lined Boulevard des Lices, at the south end of town, below the Jardin d’Été. A paradise for bargain-hunters, the Arles flea market gathers between 80 and 100 professional flea market dealers on a monthly basis.

Most antique merchants who flock to Arles, come from all over the region. Some of them almost spend their whole life on the road, buying and selling in nearby cities like L’Isle-sur-la-SorgueVilleneuve-lès-Avignon, Pézenas, Aix en Provence or Nîmes, all famous for their flea markets.

While best buys remain vintage richly hued Provencal fabrics (also known as indiennes), antique local pottery, and santons (the traditional Provencal figures made from clay), Arles’ flea market vendors have a little more in stock than the regular merchandises one can find in the region: old pieces of furniture, paintings, old books, postcards, ornaments, jewelry, old linen, faïence, wrought iron, trinkets and other rarities, are some of the treasures to pore over or take back home.

Where: Arles town center
When: First Wednesday of the month, 8 am – 4 pm
Read: Full review of the Arles flea market

Villeneuve-lès-Avignon Flea Market

Located against the backdrop of a stunning 700 years old medieval city, the brocante de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon is probably one of the best-known flea markets in Southern France. This flea market is characterized by the quality of the exhibited goods, its spirit of conviviality and the relatively fair prices charged by its merchants.

Every Saturday morning of the year, between 80 and 100 professional exhibitors gather along the walls of the Fort St André, to sell a wide range of items, many with a focus on the Provence and typical provencal handicraft – antique pottery, ceramics, crystal and glassware, to wine and barrel making tools, small and large pieces of furniture, silver, toys, kitchenware and other collectibles.

The brocante of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon operates throughout the year, from Spring to Winter. And even if some November mornings can be chilly when the Mistral blows, the Villeneuve-lès-Avignon flea market continues to attract the most serious antique dealers in Provence and abroad, who flock at the market well before dawn, to snap up the best merchandises.

Where: Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
When: Saturday 6 am – 3 pm
Read: Full review of the Brocante de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon

Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (Foire de l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue)

Located 25 km east of Avignon, between Carpentras and Cavaillon, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is one of those typical places in Provence that one has to see: a square surrounded by cafés and shops that radiate mouth-watering smells and window displays, little bridges to cross, narrow ancient streets where plane trees and green foliage abound. Ther are even several lovely, old waterwheels still to be seen.

Over the past fifty years, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has become the capital city of antiques, thanks to the settlement of nearly 300 permanent antique dealers and second-hand shops in town.

Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is however famous for it bi-annual antiques fair that takes place over the Easter weekend and on the 15th of August. The fair that got started in 1966, nowadays welcomes over 450 exhibitors and is one of the biggest antiques and second-hand fair in Europe.

If you manage to fight your way among the 120,000 visitors that flock to the fair twice a year, you should be able to manage to find some antique furniture, old crockery, pretty Provençal boutis, beautiful ceramics with patina, rare finds, and other collectibles from the south of France.

Where: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue – 84800, France
When: Twice a year on Easter Weekend and 15th August. Next dates: Friday, April 19, 2019 – Monday, April 22, 2019 and Sunday, August 11, 2019 – Thursday, August 15, 2019
Read: Full review of the Isle-sur-la-Sorgue flea market and antique fair

Carpentras Flea Market (Brocante de Carpentras)

Every Sunday, the town of Carpentras, located north of Avignon, hosts a large sprawling flea market on the outskirts of the city, in a lovely tree-lined parking lot. The Brocante de Carpentras is a favoured haunt of the more intrepid collectors, willing to forage through boxes and crates in search of a gem.

Unlike Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and its 300 permanent antique dealers, the Carpentras flea market is more low key. It is less focused on high-end antiques and more like a flea market where you will find a little bit of everything. Brocante de Carpentras is somewhere in between a brocante (full-blown antique market) and a vide-grenier (garage sale). Many of the 130 to 150 vendors here are regular people selling their own belongings, which often fall more into the category of “second-hand” than “collectible”. The prices are much lower than in other markets in the Provence and there are still many quality items to be found.

The variety in terms of wares and prices is huge, with an emphasis on the rustic and everyday, rather than fine decorative objects. If you are looking for something really unusual and surprising, the Carpentras flea market is one of the best flea markets to find it, though you will have to invest some time and energy in the process.

Where: Parking des Platanes (Av. Jean-Jaurès)
When: Every Sunday (all year round) 10 am – 4 pm

Nice Flea Market (Brocante Saleya)

On Monday, from morning to mid-afternoon, Nice’s colourful, sun-drenched Cours Saleya flea market (just behind the Promenade des Anglais) is filled with around 200 flea market vendors selling a variety of fairly high-quality antiques, collectibles and fascinating French bric-a-brac.

The Brocante Saleya is a rather high-end flea market; however, bargain hunters can also score a good find, particularly in the adjacent place Pierre Gauthier, where odds and ends are piled on the ground. A huge variety of collectibles is on offer at this flea market:  antique furniture, vintage clothing, posters, antique bottles, silverware, nautical and travel items, ceramics, paintings, memorabilia, old black & white pictures and postcards, vintage toys, rustic wooden items, jewelry and trinkets.

The Brocante Saleya is a great flea market for visitors who are as interested in sun and people-watching as they are in purchasing collectibles. You will hear many languages being spoken and some vendors speak English, as well as Italian.

Where: Cours Saleya, 06300 Nice, France
When: Monday, 7 am to 6 pm
Read: Full review of the Brocante Saleya

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70 comments

  1. Rich

    Wow, this is cool. I never considered visiting a flea market on a trip but I can see how it would be a very memorable cultural experience. Thanks for sharing this great list. A little map showing them would also be awesome if you could.

  2. Andrea Kirkby

    Vanves is good, and while the prices are generally high I have found one or two real bargains there, as well as a couple of really lovely stallholders who are always ready with a joke and a smile. However Montreuil has come down in the world; there are only a few good antiques stalls among a sea of cheap clothing and mass produced cooking pots. A few bargains can be found along the rather seedy alleyway leading to a pedestrian bridge over the peripherique, but it’s pretty depressing.

    • Hi Andrea! Thanks for sharing your experience of flea markets in Paris. You’re right: Montreuil isn’t anymore what it used to be and good stalls are scarce; If one had to choose between Clignancourt (St Ouen), Montreuil and Vanves, I’d totally recommend the latest: While Montreuil doesn’t have much to offer anymore (in comparison to the other two) and Clignancourt is a bit overpriced, Vanves remains the ideal place for great flea market hunting and bargaining. I can’t count the amount of great pieces of furniture (two Bertoia Wire chairs, one I. Nogushi table), deco item, paintings (even a Kisling!), jewelry I’ve found there. And i never went broke! ;)
      Any other flea market in France you’ve had the chance to do? Here’s another listing of great flea markets to do while in France: http://www.fleamapket.com/location/france/

  3. William Jeong

    Hello, I’m a Korean university student who want to explore, introduce flea markets in Paris to Korea. It won’t be a just simple introduction. I want to find the way to improve Korean flea market by experiencing flea markets in Paris. The most important thing is to find professionals, professors, some organizations. Take care. :)

    • Hi William, thanks for your message! What are you looking for exactly? Some tips & advices on how to best experience flea markets in Paris or for someone who could actually take you around Paris to experience this live? Speak soon :)

  4. LLL

    I would be interested to know what it would entail to open a stall myself in one the the smaller flea markets, what are the rules and regulations. Can anyone help? many thanks

    • Hi LLL, thanks for asking this very practical question indeed! First, you will need to find the nearest garage sale to your location; in order to do so, you can visit http://www.vide-grenier.org, a site that lists all flea markets in France and in Paris. From here you will be able to book a place by filling a registration form, providing a photocopy of your ID, along with a deposit check, ranging generally from 7 to 15 euros per meter. Keep in mind that every flea market has its own regulations, particularly in Paris where opening a stall is generally limited to professional sellers. In St Ouen (Clignancourt) for instance, occasional sellers can apply directly to the Town Hall/City Council of Saint-Ouen (Theodora Louttelier, assistant market, which will guide you through the steps to follow: +33 149181455) for a shopping licence. First come, first served according to availability!

      Your application will then be subject to a vote led among a commission which will decide whether or not your items deserve to be exposed.

      Another practical resource is the SPAM (http://www.spam.fr/), which stands for “Société Parisienne d’Animation et de Manifestation” This company organizes professional flea markets and garage sales in Paris and outside of Paris.

      Good luck!

  5. Z Master

    Hi. Good review. Makes an interesting read. Just got me thinking if it would be worth visiting a French Market for luxury bags. My wife loves vintage Hermes, Chanel & LV bags. Would make a good little holiday and also buy a couple of bags for my wife. Are there any good Vintage Fashion Markets in France? any help, advice, guidance… welcome.

    • Hi Z Master, I’m happy that you find this review useful! As per (vintage) luxury bags like Dior, YSL, Hermes, Chanel or LV, it’s true that the best place on earth to find them (I’m talking about original items), is in France. However there are a few things to keep in mind while shopping for vintage bags:

      #1. Whatever the flea market or vintage fair, real vintage luxury bags are hard to find. It’s somehow like going on a treasure hunt ;)

      #2. Beware of cheap copies of luxury bags: sorting real vs. fake requires a pretty good knowledge of a brand in particular.

      #3. Don’t be afraid to buy a damaged Chanel bag if you know for sure it’s authentic. You will be able to take your bag to the “Chanel Spa” and they will do everything from re-dyeing your bag to restitching or even adding new hardware. Just go to any Chanel boutique, and they will send it off for you to get fixed. Of course it’s going to cost you but they do an amazing job. It’s a long process (it can take up to 3 months to get your bag back from the spa) so if you just have a loose stitch or maybe a small mark on the leather, a lot of shoe repair shops also do handbag repairs and they can take care of the smaller less Chanel specific fixes (like dyeing the bag or adding new hardware).

      #4. Fake bags do have hologram stickers and authenticity cards but one trick is to google the serial number that is given (all good sellers will have a picture of the serial number within the bag). A lot of the counterfeit bags use the same number and the search results will pretty much tell you it’s fake as there are many well known fake serial numbers that are being used. If even just one other bag shows up in your search with that same number, you will know it’s fake. (just do a google search of “Chanel bag 7244764” and see what pops up.)

      Vintagefashionclub.com put together a detailed review on how to identify a real luxury bag vs. a fake one “How to Buy Vintage Designer Handbags and Be Sure that it’s Authentic…”): http://www.vintagefashionclub.com/vintage-designer-handbags.html

      I hope this information will be helpful :) Happy thrifting time in France!

    • Hi Marianne,

      That’s a very good question! Once you found a good bargain, and if you don’t want to bother carrying it around with you during the rest of your trip, there are different solutions available. Of course, picking the right shipping company will depend on the size of the item you want to ship. While FedEx, UPS and TNT have offices all over Europe, they are usually pretty expensive when it comes to shipping bulky items overseas. In case you bought a piece of furniture or voluminous decorative objects you want to ship back to your home, companies like uship.com are good options. uShip is an online marketplace where you can list anything you need shipped or moved, and receive bids from thousands of feedback-rated carriers – many of whom are using extra cargo space. The procedure is pretty straight forward:
      1. List Your Shipment
      2. Choose a carrier based on feedback and bids
      3. Contact the carrier & complete transaction
      uShip is one options. And if you browse the web, you will be able to find other services just as good and cheap, like http://hedleyshumpers.co.uk, http://www.chudleyinternational.com or http://www.shipsms.co.uk/antiques-fairs.
      Don’t hesitate to share your shipping experience with us. Other people might benefit from it too :)

    • Hi Amit,
      Could you provide the name of the author of the picture and I’ll feature it with a © sign. This very image is available as “creative commons” on hundreds of wallpaper sites like yours; so I’d rather give the author’s name, than any random wallpaper website. This would just be unfair to mention your website, and not the 999 others ;) Thx!

    • Hi Duane! Well, generally speaking, silverware and flatware can be found at Porte de Vanves Flea Market or Clignancourt/St Ouen. Since Clignancourt harbors high level antiques merchants, you might end-up paying a pretty fee for things you could also find at Vanves. So I’d try with Vanves first, and then head to Clignancourt to check for more.

  6. Aled

    Hi

    Planning a trip to Toulouse and Montpelier on the first weekend in May, is the Montpelier Saturday flea market any good? Also ant recommendations for between these two places ?

    Thanks

    Aled

    • Hi Aled! If you’re going to Montpellier, we’d recommend you to stop by the Place Royale du Peyrou which hosts a flea market every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (40 to 80merchants selling antiques and vintage). Here is a video (in french, but I’m sure you’ll get the spirit nonetheless) which was made on the Peyrou flea market: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x23nkck_dimanches-du-peyrou-vintage_webcam

      The Marché aux Puces de la Paillade (Espace Mosson), the oldest and the biggest fleamarket of Montpellier, welcomes once a week up to 400 merchants (6 am to 1 pm). This market however has lost some of its shine: today it merely sells second hand clothes, shoes & bikes. Nevertheless it is possible to find something, but you must be dogged fan and look hard. Worth to tick it in your list, but do not hope to dig a hidden gem in this trash.

      I’d recommend instead the “Brocante des Allées” located in the Allées François Verdier in Toulouse: yes it’s a bit pricey compared to the Place Royale du Peyrou, but you’ll find a lot of variety as well as items of quality (120 antique dealers & flea merchants). The only drawback is that this flea market only runs once a month (first friday, saturday and sunday of the month, from 7 am till 6 pm). So if you’re planning to go there on the first weekend of May, that’d be perfect!

      In Toulouse, the “Marché aux puces Saint-Sernin” runs all year long on Saturday and Sundays (7 am – 1.30 pm): 200 to 300 stalls. Worth a look if you’re already in Toulouse :)

    • Hi Nicola, most flea markets in France host merchants who sell lamps and mirrors. However, if you’re looking for top quality items (which come at a price though…), I’d recommend you to go to St Ouen/Porte de Clignancourt flea market.
      The overall venue spreads over 15 km (10 miles), and features more than
      2,000 shops and a dozen independent flea markets with their own
      products, prices and different styles from high-end antiquity, to
      clothing and modern accessories.

      Here, you can browse the venue by market or by products: https://www.fleamarketinsiders.com/paris-saint-ouen-flea-market/

    • Hi Leo! Generally speaking, each market has its own set of rules when it comes to trading regulations (space reservations, cost, insurance, unpacking/packing time, size of stalls, type of merchandise allowed/prohibited, and so on). Some of them have a website, or a least an email/phone number, so you can verify what the pre-requisites are. I would recommend to get in touch beforehand with the organizers of the market you’re interested in.

  7. Samantha Jones

    Hi, can you suggest any near Calais? We are hoping to pop over for a weekend day trip and would love to come back with some wonderful finds!

  8. Sarah

    Hi
    We have recently bought a property in the Charente region and we would like to visit a flea market in that area for furniture, can you recommend anywhere. We are next due to visit in May .

  9. Nat

    Can anyone recommend the best fair for buying vintage kids toys from the 80s and 90s? Are there any specialist retro or collectors toys fairs, or am I best just looking for small collections from private sellers? Thanks :)

  10. Donna C

    I will be in Prague, Croatia, and several cities in Italy mid July to mid August of this year. In Italy we will be visiting Venezia, Bologna, San Marino, Assisi, Perugia, Sienna, Chianti, Modena and Verona to name a few. I would love to find some antique oyster plates and some antique maps while I am there. Are there some flea markets that would have these collectibles? Any suggestions on great markets would be very helpful. Thank you so much!

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  12. Muhammad Rezaul Haque

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  13. Georgia

    Hi, thanks for the great information, I’ve been trying to do some research on French flea markets as would like to go over with the aim of finding good priced vintage furniture. Are there any markets you would recommend just for this? I would be looking to drive over, entering at Calais but don’t mind driving for a few hours. I would be so greatful for any advice you could give :)

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  15. Christoph Oberlechner

    Hi,
    I’m planning to go south of France (Toulouse, Montpellier) at the end of November / beginning of December. Mostly I’m looking for second hand records. Do you have any experiences where to go best for vinyl?

  16. Lisa keates

    We are going to Paris midweek mom to fri and I’m desperate to go to at least one flea market while I’m there … Gutted they all seem to be on a weekend , can anyone advise me to any in midweek ??? Thankyou

  17. Kim

    Hello,

    I would like to plan a trip to France to buy vintage textiles, primarily embroidered linens and laces, napkins, tablecloths, lace curtains, old silk ribbons and fabrics. I can plan the trip anywhere in France. I would probably be traveling in Sept / Oct or April / May of next year.

    Where would you suggest and which markets would be best? Thank you

    • brian

      we traveled to st valery du somme and found a great church/village hall sale where we bought over 100 pieces of vintage french lace table cloths curtains pieces of fabric table runners and table linen this was at the end of april begining of may 2017 we will be returning again in 2018

  18. brian

    can anybody tell me of any flea markets / carboot style markets around the calais – boulogne – st omar triangle during the first 2 weeks of sept 2017

  19. Tram Nelson

    Hello, would you recommend a few good brocante for religious iconography, art, relics etc in and around Paris for late September, early November time frame? Thank you so much!

  20. JJ

    Hi, I’m an antique dealer from Japan and planning to visit flea markets and shops around east France and south-west Germany in this November. Would you recommend some nice flea markets and shops where I can find a lot of potteries, laces, linens and interior pieces? I can’t travel too far from Stuttgart since I’ve got an accommodation in there. 4-5 hours driving distance should okay.

    Thanks a lot!

  21. Jill

    Hi
    Could you tell me about the cover photo for the article? Is it an actual event or a recomposed photo?
    Thanks for the excellent article.

  22. Carol

    Hi
    Thanks for the great advise! I’m going to go to France next year and would love to know what are the best markets just outside and around Paris. Also must you speak French to get the best deals? I don’t speak at all and my husband speaks just a little.
    Thank you,

  23. Holland

    Hi,
    We will be near Sarlat for the month of September 2018. We just found your article on the Toulouse Flea Market. We fly into Toulouse on 31/8 so we will go to the market the next day. Do you have other suggestions for markets within a couple hours drive from Sarlat?
    Thank you for the very informative web site.

  24. DONNA SUTOR

    greetings.

    Visiting Paris and cities north to Verdun…I am looking for antique and vintage buttons. Got any recommendations to narrow the search??

  25. Hi,
    we will be in France from july 20th-august 4th, we plan a trip by car, LYON-GRENOBLE, AVIGNON, MONTPELLIER, TOULOUSE, BIARRITZ, BORDEAUX (Charente). I am addicted in fleamarkets and I would love to get some hot tipps from you for the time we are there. Many thanks!

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