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Annual markets, brocante and braderie (2nd hand markets) in France

French verb, brader – get rid of.

Information on shopping at markets and about Brocantes and Braderie (second hand markets) in France – Day-tripper.net, the web magazine which saves you money when crossing the channel to Calais, to buy wine, beer, spirits and food, travelling by ferry or Eurotunnel.

Markets in Calais and France

Markets in France are always worth a visit. Annual markets are much larger and usually held over a few days. Throw in Christmas and you are guaranteed a worthwhile visit.

Second hand markets and car boot sales are also very popular in France especially in the summer and before Christmas.

Basically there are; weekly markets (marches hebdomaires), monthly markets (marches mensuels) and markets at fairs, many of which celebrate local produce, and annual markets. Look at local departmental websites for local events and markets (usually under "Calendrier des Manifestations").

Annual events

Northern France

Amiens – The annual Réderie de Printemps is in April, followed by the Réderie d'Automne in October (over 2,500 stallholders).

Calais – An annual flea market takes place on the first weekend in August (Sunday and Monday).

Lille.

First weekend of September, every year, La Grande Braderie de Lille. From Saturday 2.00 pm to Sunday 11.00 pm. 33 hours to sell and buy anything and everything at the biggest flea market in Europe. 100 km of stands, 10,000 vendors and about 2 million visitors.

This is when the town becomes a huge flea market. For those who love to root around second-hand shops and fans of junk in general, this has to be heaven. In a tradition dating back to medieval times, the citizens of Lille set up shop on the street and flog their unwanted possessions – imagine a car-boot sale of epic proportions! Anyone can set up a stall.

One of the interesting events is the yearly contest between restaurants to see which one can build the highest pile of empty mussel shells (mussels and chips is a traditional dish locally) . www.lille.fr

Local newspaper reports and information (French). www.lavoixdunord.fr/Braderie-de-Lille

Lille Christmas Market starts at the end of November every year and continues till after Xmas. www.noel-a-lille.com

Lille 3000 is a festival of cultural events focussing on a particular region, held bi-annually. Mid March to Mid July. www.lille3000.com

Roubaix

Roubaix Braderie de l'Art. First weekend of December. Everything sold here has to be made from recycled materials.

Rest of France

Bordeaux

January (annual). National Antiques Market. Bordeaux-Lac Exhibition Centre.

March (annual). Bric-a-Brac Market. Parc des Expositions. The lively Foire à la Brocante (bric-a-brac market) takes place in Bordeaux's vast Parc des Expositions every spring.

September (annual). Bordeaux's Grand Déballage de Brocante takes place on the Place Saint-Michel, near to the quayside and Saint-Michel Church.

Bourg en Bresse (La Farfoille de Leymont) – Annual Vide Grenier with 1700 stalls. Held on the last Sunday every August.

Carpentras – There is a big Vide Grenier here in September.

Dijon

Flea Market. Early October (annual). Parc des Expositions.

Salon des Antiquaires – May (annual). Parc des Expositions. Dijon's largest antiques fair has been running annually for over 30 years at the Parc des Expositions.

La Rochelle – Antiques Fair. November (annual). The Parc des Expos in La Rochelle hosts this annual Antiques Fair (Salon des Antiquaires), at which more than 100 dealers from all over the country are joined by over 100 brocanteurs.

Lyon – October (annual). Red Carpet Antiques Festival. Rue Auguste Compte. On the first Thursday of every October, a huge (2500 square-metre) red carpet is flung down on the rue Auguste Compte in the heart of Lyon's antiques quarter.

Paris

French fairs – Twice yearly sale of materials. First Monday in MArch and October every year. www.marchesaintpierre.com

Isle sur la Sorgue (Provence) – Twice yearly Foire Internationale Brocante et Antiques (April and August). www.foireantiquites-islesurlasorgue.fr

Toulouse – November (annual). Toulouse Antiques Fair. Parc des Expositions. One of the top antiques fairs in France returns. Every November, 300 of the best dealers in the country descend upon the lovely southern city of Toulouse and its Parc des Expositions.

DecemberXmas Shopping, and Xmas markets.

Useful Outside links

French fairs – French fairs in the United Kingdom (mostly South East). www.frenchfairs.com

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