i’m a fearless shopper so, my question is serious: WHERE CAN ONE GO IN NORTH FRANCE TO BUY ANTIQUES IN OPEN MARKETS.
PLEASE GIVE ONLY PLACES AND DATES.
YOURS SINCERELY. CHRIS.
Answered by The Fearless Shopper
Hitch up your hiking shoes to score a find at La Braderie, Sept 1-2, 2007, in Lille, France. This annual flea market is 48 hours of non-stop hunting over 200 km of pavement always during the first week in September. And while you’re there, if you like mussels, indulge in moules-frîtes (mussels and chips), then add your shells to the growing piles outside the restaurant.
Most markets start early morning at 8 or 9 AM and go to about 1 PM. Most also have Christmas markets in December. Check out exact times in various journals: Aladin, Le Chineur, Chinambule, Antiquités Brocante, or La vie du Collectionneur.
Useful French words in these magazines:
Brocante, second-hand goods and bric-a-brac
Puces, flea markets
Salon, an upscale antique fair
Vide-Grenier Tag Sales
I’ve listed city flea markets (alphabetically below) and regular markets because often they have bric-a-brac mixed in with food stalls. If you only have time for one, I’d check out the La Braderie in Lille. In Paris, scrounge for finds at Puces de St Ouen.
Markets of interest in Northern France:
• Réderie Market, near the Beffroi monument in the city center, twice annual flea market, usually on the first Sunday of October and again in April
• Market at Place des Heros and Places a Bidasse, Saturday and Wednesday mornings
• Town Square, Wednesday mornings.
• Main square, Monday mornings
• Place Dalton Market, Wednesday and Saturday mornings
• Place d Armes, Wednesday and Saturday mornings
• Place Creuecoeuras, Thursday and Saturday mornings
• Place Carnot, Wednesday mornings
• Place St Ame and Place du Barlet, Saturday mornings
• Place du General de Gaulleand, Saturdays and Wednesdays
• Place Turenne, Tuesdays
• Place E Herriot Market, Tuesdays
• Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Wednesdays
• Place Victor Hugo, Thursdays
• Place Marché aux Herbes, Saturdays
• La Braderie, Flea Market, Sept 1-2, 2007
• Wazemmes Street Market, Place de la Nouvelle Aventure, Sunday morning flea market (regular market Tuesday, Thursday mornings).
• Rue du Solférino, general markets Wednesdays and Saturdays
• Place du Concert, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sunday mornings.
• Vieille Bourse courtyard, daily flower market and book stalls. Tuesday –Sunday afternoons
• Puces de St Ouen, Clignancourt, Metro stop is Porte de Clignancourt.
• Flea Market, main square in May and September
• Regular market, main square, Saturday mornings
• Flower market, main square in May
• Town Square Market, Wednesdays and Saturdays, Sunday mornings
The Fearless Shopper