If I start off another blog post with “one of my favorite things,” please excuse me but one of my favorite things is French brocantes. There are brocante shops, special events called “brocantes” and brocantes that happen every weekend where you can find antiques, collectibles, vintage items, and, as some say: “crip-crap.”
Tell me there’s a brocante nearby and I’m there!
Favorite French brocantes
Isle Sur la Sorgue is well known for its Sunday market and brocante.
There are two annual antique events in Isle Sur la Sorgue that are among the most popular in the world.
In Uzes, there are annual brocantes, and on Sundays, the arena parking lot becomes a giant marketplace.
Barjac Antique Sale
Recently I discovered Barjac and experienced the annual antique and collectibles sale that lasts several days.
Saturdays at Villeneuve-les-Avignon
Yesterday my friend Petra Carter took me on a Saturday outing to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. A Barefoot Blogger friend had written to me saying that I should go to the weekend brocante. It’s less than an hour’s drive from Uzes. What a fabulous place!
Even on a damp, misty day, the vendors and customers were out by the hundreds.
So what makes brocantes in France so special?
Friends, food and camaraderie
Something for everyone
Something just for me
Stuff you leave behind
There’s always next week!