The author of The Flea Markets of France, selects her favourites for collectors, bargain-hunters or browsers just wanting to soak up the atmosphere
France’s many flea markets are great places to find collectables or pick up a bargain. I’ve selected 10 of my favourites below, with a mind to diversity in location, price range and wares. But these are just a start – there are almost 30 markets canvassed in my book, The Flea Markets of France, all held on a regular basis, either weekly or monthly. Enthusiasts may also wish to check out the many periodic fairs and “vide-greniers” (basically, “emptying the attics”) that take place on a less frequent basis in communities across France.