Finding a Flea Market in South France

By Cacinda Maloney

South France, French Holiday

Somehow flea markets in South France seem to have all the flair! Pretty much the same as the French do when it comes to everything, like food, language and chic style. I ask myself, “How is this possible?” I have been to a few flea markets in my life, but I have never quite experienced such delight as when walking thru the French flea market in Avignon in the South of France. It is called the Villeneuve-lès-Avignon Flea Market and it is right across from an amazing food market where they everything food your stomach desires.

South France, French Holiday

South France, French Holiday

It is a moderate-sized, eclectic flea market, sprawled out on the square and is held in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon on Saturday mornings. How I stumbled across it, I have no idea, but I am delighted I did!

South France, French Holiday

While spanning a wide range of “stuff”, this is a flea market that is in tune with its French roots. From the plethora of vintage clothing – black vests, short jackets, white blouses, skirts –to military boots, they seem to have it all. I saw vintage books, military memorabilia, fine French porcelain to eclectic goodies, like Chanel displays, Camel Cigarette vintage signs, old timey ice skates.

South France, French Holiday

This corner of Provence also has loads of old fashioned ski and sporting equipment, great for someone opening up a restaurant to get just the “right look and feel” of vintage apre ski, as well as random posters, pins and coins.  It actually is a mosaic, instead of a melting pot, woven together to give your eyes a feast.

South France, French Holiday

I spied vintage tennis rackets, vintage croquet games, as well as vintage signs and memorabilia.

South France, French Holiday

Take all the good parts from a Flea Market in Paris – the sophisticated culture, the shopping and add then add a vibrant dash of local eclectic “stuff”, place it on the ground and display it how only the French will do and “Wa La” , you have instant nostalgia and a feast for the eyes, plus fascinating photographs to boot. Many of the vendors display their goods on portable tables under striped umbrellas or simply lay out their offerings on drop cloths or the ground.

South France, French Holiday

Between 80 and 100 vendors set up at this location. It is a good flea market for those hoping to make an interesting discovery. I was told that this market attracts the most serious antique dealers in Provence and even in the United States, who arrive early to snap up the best merchandise. So if you come at 6 am in the Winter, they say to bring a flashlight! I was here during the mid day sun and it was perfect.

South France, French Holiday

Where: Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
When: Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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South France, French Holiday

There seems to be a tempting assortment of merchandise, so don’t forget to bring your cash.  The vendors I spoke to spoke English and don’t mind the haggle, so bargaining is expected.

South France, French Holiday

Disclosure : I was a guest of the Viking River Cruises’ Portraits of Southern France.  This was just an extra discovery during my free time in the city of Avignon!

 

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6 Comments

  1. Michael October 28, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I loved this post. One can tell a lot about a country and its culture by going to flea markets. They can be a lot of fun too.

    • Cacinda Maloney October 28, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Oh, I am glad you loved it! They are so much fun!

  2. Yiannis November 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Very nice items. It seems that the French national love of browsing the flea markets is shared by lots of visitors to France too.

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