A few days ago we had the pleasure to go to the annual flea market of a charming little French village called Maroilles. Maroilles is located in the North of France, not far away from my sister and brother-in-law’s house. It’s a village famous in France for its… stinking cheese, but also for its great French flea market. Every year, we love to go to this event where I’ve found many beautiful things over the years.
French flea markets are usually called “Brocante” or “Marché-aux-puces“. They are very common in every village and city. One of the most famous in Paris is for example the Marché aux puces of Saint-Ouen. It is usually a place where you’ll find all kind of vintage and antique finds in a more or less good shape for a very reasonable price. It’s also usually the perfect occasion to discuss and bargain with the salesman and to spend a nice day in search for some little treasures. I also think that they give more character to a decor than a house looking like a store, where everything is new and lacking personnality.
The weather was splendid and we spent a wonderful day in family. I even found a nice antique serving plate in cristal and silver that I can’t wait to use for my next party! I really recommend you to try the experience of a brocante if you’re planning a trip in France or in Europe in general. It’s the best way to come back home with an authentic and valuable souvenir, and you’ll spend a fun day. Don’t forget comfortable shoes, a jacket, some bags or a trolley for the heavy pieces of furniture, and ready cash as you won’t be able to pay anything by card.
I let you with these few pics of this trip to immerse you in the athmosphere of a French Marché-aux-puces, and wish you a great day! See you soon!