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Exploring French Brocantes

What’s So Special About French Brocantes?

If I start another blog post with “one of my favorite things,” please excuse me, but one of my favorite things is French brocantes. There are brocade shops, special events called “brocantes,” and brocantes 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.

Two annual antique events in Isle Sur la Sorgue are among the most popular worldwide.

Uzes Brocantes

There are annual brocantes in Uzes, 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

My friend Petra Carter took me on a Saturday outing to Villeneuve-lès-Avignon yesterday. 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!

Hundreds of vendors and customers were out even on a damp, misty day.


Exploring French Brocantes

So what makes brocantes in France so special?

Exploring French Brocantes

Friends, food, and camaraderie

Exploring French Brocantes

Popular collectibles

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Exploring French Brocantes

Exploring French Brocantes

Exploring French Brocantes

Exploring French Brocantes

Exploring French Brocantes

Exploring French Brocantes

Unusual finds  

Exploring French Brocantes


Exploring French Brocantes

Something for everyone

Something just for me

Exploring French Brocantes

Stuff you leave behind

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There’s always next week!


2 Responses

  1. A lovely article Debbie. I loved antique shops and fairs and often drag Hilda and Susan to these when we’re in Caromb. You’ll have to show me your collections next time we meet up! Sue x

    1. Hi Sue! Wish I still had my collections. Those were the precious items I parted with to move to France. Except for my favorite Bakelite, of course. Come to see it anytime!

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