L'Isle sur la Sorgue, is a beautiful small provencal town of 18,000 inhabitants nestling in the heart of the Vaucluse, not far from Avignon (it is 25 km from Avignon). It is a 'must' in Provence with regard to antiques, and is a bargain hunter's paradise. Antique dealers and bric-a-brac traders have been settling here for over 30 years, and there are currently almost 400 of them, giving l'Isle sur la Sorgue the charm and prestigious reputation it is renowned for. It is one of the most important towns in France for antiques (second only to Saint Ouen), and attracts intellectuals, artists and tourists. The success and reputation of the town have made L'Isle sur la Sorgue known throughout the world.
Second only to Paris as an antique center, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue boasts one of Provence’s best markets every Sunday.
Featured are many items from Provence such as Provencal furniture, rustic baskets, tools, boules, linens plus items from other parts of France all in excellent condition and beautifully displayed. The quality of the merchandise is very high and prices are high too. There is also a large section where new items are sold including clothing, upholstery fabric, tablecloths, soaps, and herbs. Don’t be put off by this part of the market, as there are also a good amount of high quality items for sale. You will have a charming day here in this wonderful market in a beautiful setting.


1. Marché de la Vieille Bourse
The Vieille Bourse, which has been fully renovated and is without doubt the most beautiful building in Lille, now welcomes second-hand booksellers and flower shops. As you wander through this wonderful building, you'll find many old books of all kinds: novels, scientific books, school books, graphic novels, post cards, etc.
This place is unique, both thanks to its site (the Vieille Bourse was built in 1653) and the incredible variety of ancient works on sale, and so provides the perfect backdrop to a trip into the past.
Address: Place du Général de Gaulle Lille 59000
Opening hours: 9.30am-7.30pm Tue-Sun
Neighbourhood: Pedestrian Center
Nearest train: Rihour


1. Aladin
Located on the corner of rue Masurel, this charming little shop has a wonderful selection of antiques.
The furniture on display is impeccable; vases, tableware, and glassware are of the highest quality. The shop also has a remarkable collection of duck decoys.
The stock changes regularly, as one would expect in this type of establishment. The owner, who regularly spends his mornings combing through second-hand stores, will search for special items upon request. Prices are what you'd expect.
Address: 26ter, Rue Basse Lille 59000
Opening hours: 2-7pm Mon-Fri; 10am-midday, 2-7pm Sat
Telephone: +33 3 20 06 61 94
Neighbourhood: Vieux-Lille

2. Cash Converters
Just a stone's throw from the Grand'Place you’ll find this long, narrow shop, guarded like a place of high security.
Could this be because of the abundance of computer equipment, musical instruments and accessories, with photographic and video equipment alongside the jewellery and comic-strip books?
There's some really good second-hand material here, sometimes at rather exorbitant prices, even if the shop's slogan "We buy, you sell, we barter" leads you to think you might come across some good bargains…bargains that are difficult to obtain for those who wish to sell valuable objects, because they're not always in a position to negotiate the best price.
Address: 28, Rue des Ponts de Comines Lille 59000
Opening hours: 2pm-7pm Mon; 10.30am-1pm, 2pm-7pm Tue-Sat.
Telephone: +33 3 20 42 15 21
Neighbourhood: Stations
Nearest train: Lille-Gares
URL: "http://www.cash-converters.fr/"

3. Godon
This small bookshop lies next to the Notre Dame de la Treille basilica, in the prolongation of the rue Lepelletier.
An extensive variety of old books and engravings is on sale here. Old and recent, second hand or new, all the books are worthwhile!
An amusing paradox: all the books in the shop can also be found on the store's web pages. Whoever thought Internet would make books obsolete was wrong...
Address: 16, Rue Masurel Lille 59000
Opening hours: 2pm-6.45pm Tue-Fri, 10am-7pm Sat
Telephone: +33 3 20 31 56 19
Neighbourhood: Center
URL: "http://www.galaidion.com/godon/"

4. La Clef des Champs
Don't forget to visit this store to find inexpensive CDs. Standing in a good location at the entrance to Vieux Lille, La Clef des Champs has some 5000 second-hand records for sale spread over two floors.
It also offers to buy back your own records...
This store, which is known all over Lille, will provide you with all you want, be it Rock, Blues, Jazz or Classical music!
Address: 18, Rue de la Clef Lille 59000
Opening hours: 12.30pm-6.45pm Tue-Sat
Telephone: +33 3 20 31 11 13
Neighbourhood: Vieux-Lille

5. Librairie Raoust
Don't hesitate to enter this small book shop just a stone's throw from the Palais Rihour and the place Charles de Gaulle, even though its window is far from being the most attractive in the pedestrian precinct! The shop has some rare books to offer, some of which are almost impossible to find elsewhere!
On the other hand, if you're looking for the latest titles or best sellers, the welcome will be just as friendly but you haven't come to the right place.
Address: 11, Rue Neuve Lille 59000
Opening hours: 2pm-7pm Mon; 10am-midday, 2pm-7pm Tue-Sat
Telephone: +33 3 20 57 36 44
Neighbourhood: Pedestrian Center
Nearest train: Rihour

6. Seventies
This small shop has a very intersting selection of almost new CD's.
If you're feeling nostalgic, you may prefer to be charmed by the equally impressive selection of vinyl records available in the very friendly store.
Overall, Seventies will satisfy the music lover within you on his quest for lost treasures...
Address: 80, Rue Gambetta Lille 59000
Opening hours: 2pm-7pm Mon-Sat
Telephone: +33 3 20 14 04 96
Neighbourhood: Wazemmes
Nearest train: République

7. Déposit
Déposit is:
sports equipment, antiques, bric-à-brac, records, decorative objects, tools, do-it-yourself equipment, hi-fi and video equipment, televisions, lamps, books and furniture.
Déposit also includes everything not in the above list that’s in good condition and liable to interest you for your home, your leisure activities…
The prices at Déposit are agreed upon by the shop and the person selling the article, with a commission that varies depending on the price bracket.
Goods can be delivered or picked up from your home (from 100F upwards and by appointment), and goods can also be assessed for pricing in your home.
Articles can be reserved for up to a week at the Déposit warehouse, which covers an area of over 2000m² and can also be stored for a week after purchase.
Address: 209, Rue Jean Jaurès Villeneuve d’Ascq 59650
Opening hours: 2pm-7.30pm Mon; 10am-12.30pm, 2pm-7.30pm Tue-Fri; 9am-12.30pm, 2pm-7.30pm Sat.
Telephone: +33 3 28 52 41 11
Neighbourhood: East suburb

8. Troc de l'Ile
Every month, more than ten thousand people go into one of the many shops belonging to this sale-deposit chain. There are just two - extremely busy ones - in the Lille area.
The Troc de l’Ile concept is really simple: valuation, deposit, display, storage, presentation and insurance of the presented item are all free. Valuation is carried out in complete accordance with the person who has deposited the item, and all that remains is to wait for someone to come along and buy it.
And since each sales point is pretty busy…
Another branch can be found at: Z.I Pilaterie 14, Rue du Centre Wasquehal 59290
tel +33 3 20 45 87 45.
Address: 8,Rue Lavoisier Lomme 59160
Opening hours: 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-7pm Mon-Sat; 3pm-7pm Sun (closed last Sun of every month).
Telephone: +33 3 20 56 34 37
Neighbourhood: West suburb

9. Troc Manie
Wish you could wear the kind of dresses made by top designers…only the contents of your purse would never quite stretch that far? Take yourself along to Troc Manie, and you’ll be able to treat yourself to the most famous names in fashion (Chanel, Dior, Hermès, Lacroix) at rock-bottom prices.
It’s all in a day’s work for this Rue Gambetta shop, which is always full of customers fleeing the hefty price tags found in the really stylish boutiques.
However, elegance is now within everyone’s reach, along with all the must-have accessories for women who want a little bit of sophistication (handbags, jewellery, silk scarves). You’ll be able to make a dream come true - and pay for it in cash!
Address: 68-70, Rue Gambetta Lille 59000
Opening hours: 2pm-7pm Mon; 10am-7pm Tue-Sat.
Telephone: +33 3 20 42 94 28
Neighbourhood: Wazemmes
Nearest train: Gambetta

10. Cash'Land
Cash'Land is a conscientious shop when it comes to second-hand goods.
You'll find everything second-hand here for your leisure activities from wide-screen televisions to reflex cameras, via playstations, computers, roller-blades etc.
If purchase prices are rather low and sometimes difficult to negotiate for the seller, the sales prices posted are more reasonable and all articles in the shop are guaranteed to have their prices maintained for a month. This guarantee is extended to three months for those big ‘leisure boxes’ we know as televisions…
A second shop can be found at: 292, Avenue de Dunkerque Lambersart
tel +33 3 20 09 44 94.
Address: 279, Rue Gambetta Lille 59000
Opening hours: 2pm-7pm Mon; 10am-12.30pm, 2pm-7pm Tue-Sat; 10am-1pm Sun.
Telephone: +33 3 28 52 41 11
Neighbourhood: Wazemmes

11. Kilo Shop
Leave the Palais des Beaux-Arts and cross the Place de la République to enter this Aladdin's cave with a thousand and one marvels waiting to be discovered.
There’s a great choice of good quality second-hand clothes in excellent condition. Ranging from 60's-style dresses to old (naturally pre-washed) 501s, why not try here for a crazy outfit - ideal for thematic parties? All it takes is to be very careful when choosing, because all the clothes here are paid for by the kilo!
However for those of you who prefer to buy brand new, take heart: the shop also has a line of articles with prices to delight almost anyone.
Address: 27, Rue Gambetta Lille 59000
Opening hours: 2pm-7pm Mon; 10am-7pm Tue-Sat.
Telephone: +33 3 20 42 94 28
Neighbourhood: Wazemmes
Nearest train: République

12. Trocante
You’ll find these shops just about everywhere in France: this big name in second-hand goods exchange has branches in over 56 towns and cities!
The system is simple enough and the same wherever you go: bring along what you want to sell (deposit and valuation are free). Agree on a price with the salespeople there, and once your items have been sold - pocket the money!
Worth noting is the fact that Trocante can come to your home to value your objects for you.
Address: 12, Rue Joseph Bara Hellemmes 59260
Opening hours: 10am-midday & 2pm-7pm Wed-Mon.
Telephone: +33 3 20 56 34 37
Neighbourhood: Lille-Fives

Nord Ouest Antiquités
URL: http://www.nordouestantiquites.com
Type: Antique dealer
Description: 20 antiques dealers on a surface of 10.000 ft² showing a wide variation of antique furniture, decorative objects, curiosities, etc nearby Lille (North of France) Our Espace "Nord-Ouest Antiquités" offers you objects from all periods & styles: Art déco, All kind of furniture (profession, shop, etc), Earthenware, ceramics & porcelain, Garden items & furniture, 18, 19, 20th C Furniture, Architecturals, ... Authenticity of all objects is guaranteed !
Address: 644, Avenue Général de Gaulle
City: Bondues
Postal code: 59910
Tel.: +33 (0)3 20033839
E-mail: info@nordouestantiquites.com

Le Grenier de Valenciennes
URL: http://www.valgrenier.com
Type: Brocante + 2nd hand
Description: Le Grenier de Valenciennes est l’endroit idéal pour chiner, fouiller et découvrir les objets les plus recherchés ou les plus insolites. Accessible et adapté aux particuliers comme aux professionnels (nous parlons anglais et italien). Nos spécialités : achats, ventes, ventes à l'export, antiquités, brocantes…
Address: Avenue de Lorraine 3
City: Valenciennes
Postal code: 59300
Tel.: +33 (0)3 27 26 00 56
E-mail: Legrenierdeva@aol.com


1. Marché de la création
'Le Marché de la création' was conceived by Jean-Yves Loude, a writer of ethnology, in 1979 to help young artists meet the public.
New regulations had to be established to bring this market back to its original purpose. Manufactured products had started to appear in the displays little by little. The area is split up into three zones:
- A professional area for those enrolled in 'la maison des artistes.'
- A discovery area for young creators.
- A space for 'artisanal expression', on the Quai de Bondy.
Paintings, sculptures, photos, jewellery, enamel work, scarves...knick knacks and little master pieces are exhibited together without ambiguity.
You can talk with others and the artists: certain meetings have helped the discovery of new talent
Address: Quai Romain-Rolland Quai Bondy Lyon 69005
Opening hours: 7am-around 1pm every Sun
Neighbourhood: Old Lyons
Nearest train: métro: Vieux Lyon


1. Galerie Michel Estades
This gallery shows works by contemporary painters, sculptors and glassmakers, from the Provence School (19th and 20th century).
Very interesting.
Address: 61, quai St-Vincent Lyon 69001
Opening hours: 10am-12.30pm 2.30-7pm Tue-Sat.
Telephone: +33 4 78 28 65 92
Neighbourhood: Terreaux
Nearest train: métro: Hôtel de Ville
URL: http://www.estades.com/
Email: contact@estades.com

2. Féminin Toujours
Féminin Toujours revolutionises the idea of sale or return shops. The place is organised and decorated in the 'boutique spirit.' On offer is a major choice of clothing (second hand) selected with the greatest of care. From dressy clothes to sports wear, you will find well known brands: Chantal Thomas, Marithé et François Girbaud, Montana, Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel, Saint Laurent...The accessories (bags and shoes) also have famous labels. You will surely find yourself some good clothes here, at your leisure and at an affordable price, following the enlightening advice of the house.
Féminin Toujours Maison is also in the same road at number 106: it offers table art and interior decoration in the same spirit.
Address: 112, rue de Sèze Lyon 69006
Opening hours: 2.30pm-7pm Mon, 10am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-7pm Tue-Sat
Telephone: +33 4 78 24 22 05
Neighbourhood: Tête d'Or
Nearest train: métro: Masséna

3. Mistigriff
This is the supermarket for designer seconds. You have to rummage to find bargains in this vast amount of bric-a-brac: men's clothing, women's clothing, and children's clothing. A thousand metres of sales space offers you marked down products. You have to know what you are looking for, as the labels are difficult to find, but it is not completely out of the question to fall upon an Yves Saint Laurent complete with label. Their unsold articles, or end of ranges sold outside of the ordinary circuits, definitely have interesting prices.
Address: 140, avenue Maréchal-de-Saxe Lyon 69003
Opening hours: 10am-7.30pm Mon-Sat
Telephone: +33 4 78 62 62 17
Neighbourhood: Part-Dieu
Nearest train: métro: Saxe-Gambetta

4. Boul'dingue
If you indulge in the French passion for comic strip books, known as BD, which stands for "bandes dessinés" and you want something unusual, then go to Boul’dingue. They also stock all the favourites from Tintin to Asterix, Lucky Luke and Gaston La Gaffe.
American and science fiction comics can be found here too among the second hand books, so browse around and you may unearth a treasure. The same applies to the music CDs here: you can find everything from French and international artists, jazz, classical, independents, hip hop, rap and music from all over the world (but nothing that’s in the current top 50!).
A second store is located very close at 16 rue du Bœuf in the 5th arrondissement. Tel: +33 4 78 42 90 50
Address: 8, rue du Palais-de-Justice 16, rue du Boeuf Lyon 69005
Opening hours: 10am-12.30pm, 2-7pm Mon-Sat.
Telephone: +33 4 78 38 03 97
Neighbourhood: Old Lyons
Nearest train: métro: Vieux Lyon

5. Diogène
Diogène sells all sorts of second-hand books, including rare old editions. You will have to rummage through this Ali Baba-like treasure trove of books to find that special something but that’s all part of the fun. The sales assistant will of course advise and help you.
There are hundreds of books to choose from, so take your time and you will most probably unearth something wonderful.
NB:open on Sundays
Address: 22, rue Saint-Jean Lyon 69005
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; 11am-7pm Sun
Telephone: +33 4 78 42 29 41
Neighbourhood: Old Lyons
Nearest train: métro: Vieux Lyon
Email: librairie.diogene@wanadoo.fr

6. Gibert Joseph
The general bookshop's entry is on Rue de la Barre where there are books on art, literature and tourism, as well as University texts and a stationery which takes into account students' needs.
Other Branch: 3, Quai Gailleton, 69002.
Sell your books from the past academic year and buy those needed for the year to come. This service is the speciality of Gibert's at 2 Quai Gailleton, his University bookshop. You can also find books here (educational texts, pocket editions…), discs, videos and academic supplies.

Address: 6, rue de la Barre Lyon 69002
Opening hours: 9am-7pm Mon-Sat
Telephone: +33 4 72 77 76 76
Neighbourhood: Presqu'île
Nearest train: métro: Bellecour

7. Livres à Lili (Les)
The second-hand books on sale at Lili's change all the time. Modern or antique, the literature on offer includes the classics, art books, travel writing and parapsychology among others. Although the shop is slightly cramped, the books are well organised and easy to find.
Collections, cartoons, books (livres de poche) for 5F sit next to regional literature. The latter encompasses works, magazines and almanacs of times past.
Address: 5, rue de Belfort Lyon 69004
Opening hours: 10am-midday, 3-7pm Mon-Tue & Thu-Sat.
Telephone: +33 4 78 27 83 21
Neighbourhood: Croix-Rousse
Nearest train: métro: Croix-Rousse

8. Soldothèque (La)
This place is a dumping ground for publishers' excess stock, thrilling the 'bargain hunter'. You have to come often though, and rummage around like at a flea-market, for the off-chance of finding that certain 'unfindable' which is no longer in print, and that you've been hunting for for a long time.
At any rate, the prices are minimal and you'll surely go away with some pocket treats to read.
Address: 2, rue Joseph-Serlin Lyon 69001
Opening hours: 10:30am-12:30pm, 2pm-7pm Tue-Sat.
Telephone: +33 4 78 39 17 54
Neighbourhood: Terreaux
Nearest train: métro: Hôtel de Ville

9. Crazy Cat
Coats, blouses, jackets, shirts, hats...in all styles, plus accessories of all sorts: you have to dig around in this shop because there are so many ways you can dress yourself. You could even get into the 'branché d'Outre Manche' or the 'groove' and look at the English second hand clothes. And if nothing tempts you there is even a 'new' line to satisfy your desires.
Address: 52, rue St-Jean Lyon 69005
Opening hours: 1pm-7pm Mon-Sat; 2pm-7pm Sun
Telephone: +33 4 78 42 69 59
Neighbourhood: Old Lyons
Nearest train: métro: Vieux Lyon


This market’s variety of antiquity is stunning from tiffany lamps to brandy snifters from Britain’s Victorian Age, and cabinets hand built from a crafter born in the Renaissance. There are plenty of clothes, house ware and toy vendors as well. Metz’s market is held in a vast hall featuring over 49,000 square feet of space easily accommodating a colorful collection of merchants from France as well as all over Europe. From many military communities, Metz’s sheer size and variety warrants tours undertaken by military owned travel agencies, and organizations such as the USO. Metz’s market is held on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
Great flea market, rivals that of Tongeren in Belgium. Everything from antique furniture to china/pottery to fabrics to mint condition Starsky et Hutch pencil boxes. It's not outdoors, it's in a collection of buildings called the Technopole on the southeast side of town. Easy to reach by car. Cash and carry only. Temperamental ATM on-site. Lousy on-site restaurant
at 6 a.m. on Saturdays and are all over by 1 p.m.
Metz, a three-hour drive from Paris, has a notable flea market on the first and third Saturday of the month, except in August. Nancy has a flea market on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.
Flea Markets take place at the Foire Internationale de Metz in Metz Grigy from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m.


1. Marché aux puces (antiquités)
Many items in this market would be classed more as antiques than bric-a-brac. It's not unusual to stumble across some genuine Gallé or Müller glasswork. Along with American costume jewellery from the Fifties, there are rings sporting magnificent stones. Tableware, paintings, curios and sets of silver cutlery are found among rugs, African artwork, old cameras and gramophones, rosary beads and hats. Run-of-the-mill novels and much sought-after collector's editions, stuffed animals and broken toys can all be found here. Amid such a profusion of objects, you're bound to find something of interest. The very same stallholders come back to the same spot each week.
Address: Cours Saleya Nice 06300
Opening hours: 7am-5pm Mon, except public holidays
Neighbourhood: Old Town

2. Marché du livre ancien et d'occasion
For bookworms! A few years ago, Place du Palais de Justice was a somewhat abandoned area. The answer to this - the setting up of small markets (book, record and art markets taking place on alternate Saturdays) has turned out to be quite effective. Now, a good many book enthusiasts and shoppers come to see what this book market's stalls have to offer. In spite of quite big crowds, it's still possible to find a real gem at a good price or, even more easily, a good detective novel for just a couple of francs.
Address: Place du Palais-de-Justice Nice 06300
Opening hours: 1-5pm, 1st & 3rd Sat of each month
Neighbourhood: Old Town


1. Librairie d'art Matarrasso
This fabulous city-centre art bookshop looks rather like an art gallery. The window display often features prints and lithographs of a rare quality and sometimes even a couple of sculptures. Take down any book from the shelves, and delight in the artists' illustrations as you carefully leaf through the pages. Some of these works are really old but most date from around the beginning or middle of the 20th century. Naturally, Matarrasso also stocks a remarkable selection of books on art.
Address: 2, rue Longchamp Nice 06000
Opening hours: 10am-12.30pm, 4-7.30pm Tue-Sun
Telephone: +33 4 93 87 74 55
Neighbourhood: Town centre

2. Rometti
Booklovers and book collectors, here's your treasure trove. In his small shop on the rue Ségurane (the antiques district), near to the port, Rometti, doctor of philosophy, with his mad-scientist type white hair, amasses precious paper, from the strangest to the most beautiful. The prices are in general quite reasonable. There is a large selection of art books, with pride of place given to painting. It's worth taking a look at several beautiful ceramic and art deco pieces displayed about the store.
Address: 26, rue Ségurane Nice 06300
Opening hours: 10am-midday and 3pm-6:30pm Mon-Sat
Telephone: +33 4 93 55 11 75
Neighbourhood: Port
Nearest train: bus: 1,2,7


1. Marché d'Aligre
One of the city's most interesting markets, made up of the covered Marché Beauvau (open since 1777) and an open-air market in the surrounding square with produce as well as flea-market stalls. Aligre is both well supplied and typically Parisian. It's a great place to get an insight into life in the capital, and shows off its cosmopolitan side with numerous Asian and North African shops located around the market. Don't get there too late or you'll find all the good things have gone.
Address: Place d'Aligre Paris 75012
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 8am-1pm and 4-7:30pm; sun 8am-1pm
Neighbourhood: 12th Arrondissement
Nearest train: Metro: Ledru-Rollin

2. The Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen/Clignancourt
The world's biggest flea market welcomes 200,000 visitors each weekend. You name it, this place has it: furniture, pictures, new and second-hand clothes—all at rock-bottom prices (especially if you're a dab hand at haggling). There's a jovial fairground atmosphere with the aroma of food wafting around and people crowding round the stalls, hoping to pick up a 1970s leather jacket or rare Louis XV chest of drawers. Make sure you have cash on you, as stallholders seldom accept credit cards and the nearest available cash machine is always queued out. Starting times vary as do closing times but generally figure on 930am to 6pm. Some guides will tell you to go early but merchants were arriving seldom earlier than 930-10am. Saint Ouen is comprised of twelve different markets:
- Marche Vernaison - the 1st of the permanent markets and largest with about 250 vendors selling mainly small collectibles. Very picturesque, it’s the favorite of many. Has a restaurant.
- Marche Malik - Features new and used clothing mainly for the very young.
- Marche Biron - A very high-end market selling fine furniture, paintings, objects.
- Marche Jules Valles - Probably the cheapest. Dealers go there to buy.
- Marche Paul Bert - Very pleasant open-air market with small alleyways and high-end merchandise.
- Marche Cambo - On 2 floors selling high-end furniture and objects.
- Marche des Rosiers - Tiny with stalls specializing in Art Nouveau & Art Deco.
- Marche Serpette - 6 aisles of stalls with high-end antiques, especially furniture.
- Marche Antica - One of the smallest and newest, with several interesting dealers.
- Marche Malassis - On 2 levels covered by a glass roof. Has a restaurant.
- Marche Dauphine-Opened in 1991. Also 2 levels with glass roof.
- Marche Lecuyer-Valles - Small stalls and best possibility for a bargain.
For the beginner, probably the Marche Vernaison, Marche Jules Valles and Marche Lecuyer-Valles offer the most exciting experience. For decorators and antique dealers Marche Paul Bert and Marche Serpette are often the markets to head for. Be sure to buy a copy of Guide Emer des Puces, which is sold at the market. It gives the location of automatic teller machines, toilets, taxi stands, and restaurants. The most famous restaurant, Chez Louisette, is located near the back of Marche Vernaison. What it lacks in view it makes up for in spirit. Also the restaurant, Le Paul Bert, on rue Paul-Bert and inside Marche Serpette the small La Petite Salle a Manger. At Malassis there is La Saint-Framboise on the 2nd floor and finally, Le Biron, next to the market of the same name.
Address: 48 rue Jules Vallès (Marché des Antiquaires) Saint-Ouen 93400
Opening hours: 7.30am-6pm Sat-Mon
Telephone: +33 1 40 12 70 36
Neighbourhood: 18th Arrondissement
Nearest train: métro: Porte de Clignacourt, Garibaldi
Bus lines: 86 - 56 - PC
URL: http://www.les-puces.com/
Email: info@les-puces.com

Marche Biron
In 1925, 70 antique dealers formed a company and rented a group of market gardens, a few steps away. The marche BIRON was born. Biron, by the quality of the merchandise proposed, became the jewel of the Flea Market of St-Ouen, international center of antiques and second hand goods.
Biron is the favorite spot for the collector and art dealer.
Nicknamed "The Faubourg St-Honoré of the Flea Market" faithful customers and visitors find an internationally famous choice of: objects, furniture, paintings and works of art of all periods.
Biron is one of the favorite stops for collectors, amateurs, and French and foreign professionals, who put it on their Parisian itinerary, as a must. Biron is as famous as the movie and stage stars, interior decorators and well known personalities who visit the market each week-end.
They are all certain to find just what they are looking for; from arms and jewellery, paintings, with famous or less known signatures, to period or semi-antique furnishings, Biron abounds with treasures waiting for your discovery: chinese vases, dolls, old glassware and china, silver, art 1900, art deco, carpets and tapestries, scientific, marine and musical instruments, without forgetting posters, old post cards and old-fashioned clothes.

Marche Vernaison
In 1885, a one Romain Vernaison , the owner of market garden terrain in the Parish of St Ouen, decided to sacrifice some of this salad plants and other vegetable plots to rent a few acres to merchants. These were rag-and-bone men or "ragpickers" who would sell the antique objets they found jumble sales or bartered from scap dealers just outside of Paris. Actually crossing the "wall" of Paris would have involved paying tax known as the "octroi".
Other merchants joined them and soon the fist "guinguettes" were doing good trade. Edith Piaf started her career singing at "Chez Louisette". Now, frequenting the poorer areas and doing good business at same time became very much the fashion.
By 1920, the Vernaison terrain was covered with rough shanty huts erected to protect antiques bric a bracfronm the weather, petty thiefs and various other misadventures.
Today, people flock to the marche Vernaison to choose the furnitures and decoration of their dreams.
They come dressed in leather or fine lingerie (Avenue Michelet), picking and choosing as look around for second-hand bargains. As in the early days, they, too, have fun while doing good business.

Marche Dauphine
This is the latest market to have opened its doors in Saint-Ouen and also one of the biggest. Thanks to almost 300 antique dealers and bric-а-brac sellers its diversity speaks for itself. High quality is not lacking but above all there are numerous specialists in various niche markets such as old documents, dolls, curiosities from the world of the navy or photography, watches, regional furniture and primitive objects.

La Rue des Rosiers
Central street of the flea market, from which the markets branch off along its entire length. One will encounter many antique dealers and restaurants.

3. Postage stamp market at Champs-Elysees
Every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, the usually quiet Avenues Gabriel and Marigny are transformed into a collector's paradise when more than 50 dealers set up stalls and prepare to welcome visitors from around the corner and around the world.
Each May, the Ascension holiday weekend is the occasion for a four-day philatelic festival, attracting even more enthusiasts to the market. Some dealers now offer coins, paper money, militaria and telephone cards. But the focus remains firmly on stamps and postal history, just as originally intended.
Carré Marigny (8)
Corner of Avenue Marigny with Avenue Gabriel
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Ascension Weekend, Friday-Monday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Metro line 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12 or 13: Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile, George V, Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau, Concorde
RER A : Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile

4. Puces de Vanves
Located in the south of Paris, this may be the most easily enjoyed of the Paris flea markets.
Located in the south of Paris, this may be the most easily enjoyed of the Paris flea markets. Small in size, it is possible to visit all the stalls, which is not possible at Saint-Ouen. Definitely a flea market rather than a fine antique market, it is closer in style to American flea markets. Merchandise, mostly old, is laid out on tables or on the ground. China, glassware, small paintings, silver, books and lots of memorabilia. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 7pm, the best time to find bargains is in the mornings. Again, take a taxi or the metro Porte de Vanves (line 13) and get off at Marc Sangnier. Lack of good restaurants nearby.

Av. de la Porte de Vanves (14)
Av. George Lafenestre, Rue Marc Sagnier
Underground: Porte de Vanves
Saturday/Sunday: 7am-7.30pm
Avenues de la Porte de Vanves and Georges Lafenestre, Rue Marc Sangnier. 75014 Paris.
Metro: Porte de Vanves.
Saturdays and Sundays: 2pm-7:30pm (New goods sector). 7am-7:30pm (Second-hands goods sector).

5. Marché de Montreuil
In the 20th arrondisement on the eastern edge of Paris, this market is open Saturday-Monday 9am-7pm.
In the 20th arrondisement on the eastern edge of Paris, this market is open Saturday-Monday 9am-7pm. Take the metro Porte de Montreuil (line 9) and get off at Sevres-Montreuil. Good place to find collectibles at a low price but you will have to wade through a lot of junk and very tacky new merchandise to find them. Lots of items are in poor shape so look over your “finds” carefully.
Av. de la Porte de Montreuil (20)
Underground: Porte de Montreuil
Saturday/Sunday: 7am-7pm
Under the motorway flyover. Junk at giveaway prices.

6. Les Bouquinistes
Left bank: Quai Malaquais, Quai de Conti, Quai de Montebello, Quai, de la Tournelle.
Right bank: Quai du Louvre, Quai de la Mégisserie, Quai de Gesvres, Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville.
Metro: Pont-Neuf, Cité, Saint-Michel, Hôtel de Ville, Maubert-Mutualité, Pont Marie, Sully Morland.
These little second hand book stalls - so typical of Paris - sell old books, engravings, postcards, posters. Rather too many clearly get their stock from the same wholesaler of reproduction adverts, postcards and posters, but there are many more selling old postcards, newspapers, magazines, books, prints and maps. In the summer they are open until 7.30, and some a bit later, and it makes a perfect backdrop to a riverside stroll before you eat, or on the way to your evening boat trip at the Pont Neuf.


1. Marché aux Antiquaires
Early every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning, the Place Verdun wakes up to the bustle of the region's antique dealers unpacking their wares. The stalls are awash with period furniture, Art-Déco objects, old postcards, Victorian lingerie and more. People wander through this theatre-like square, basking in a pleasant atmosphere in the shade of hundred year old plane trees. This market should not be missed!
Address: Place du palais de Justice Aix-en-Provence 13100
Opening hours: 7am-1pm Tue, Thu, Sat
Neighbourhood: Palais de Justice


1. Trifouille Boutique
The window of this designer dress agency, located in the heart of the town, is changed regularly. The tidy, spacious interior offers quality clothes to suit all tastes. The conditions of resale are strict: it accepts famous labels only, and clothes must be from collections no more than two years old. Garments have to be in excellent condition and dry cleaning is required. The result is beautiful pre-worn clothes at bargain prices.
Address: 1, rue Laurent-Fauchier Aix-en-Provence 13100
Opening hours: 2pm-7pm Mon; 9am-noon, 2pm-7pm Tue-Sat
Telephone: +33 4 42 38 27 22
Neighbourhood: Hôtel de Ville

2. Bateau Livre (Le)
The "Bateau livre" sells books of all kinds. Though first and foremost a bookshop, there is also a music section: it's not very big but it's popular with classical music fans. Prices are what you would expect of second-hand items. As for the book section, one could write volumes about it, the selection is so impressive. To sum up: there are children's books, old issues of magazines, old books and a variety paperbacks.
Address: 32, place des Tanneurs Aix-en-Provence 13100
Opening hours: 10am-7pm Mon-Sat; 2.30-7pm Wed
Telephone: +33 4 42 26 17 54

3. Rue des Bouquinistes Obscurs
Located in the heart of the pedestrian area, this book shop is hidden away behind a fountain in the town centre. There is an impressive selection of titles and topics, constantly being updated. The book exchange system is a clever idea that encourages a quick turnover of stock and it's unlikely that you will come out empty-handed. The proprietor invites everyone to discover overlooked works to which his shop grants a new lease of life. Second-hand paperbacks are available from EUR1.52.
Address: 2, rue Boulegon Aix-en-Provence 13100
Opening hours: 8:30am-7pm Mon-Sat; closed Sun
Telephone: +33 4 42 96 03 19
Neighbourhood: Old town

4. Dégriff'stock
Degriff'stock is heaven for those who wish to wear designer labels at discounted prices. Spread out over 400 square metres, you'll find a huge choice of the most glamorous yet affordable names: Louis Féraud, Halfon, Cerruti, Nina Ricci, Alain Manoukian and Kookaï. There is something for everybody: men, women and children. And don't forget the leather goods, accessories and health and beauty products. A real Aladdin's cave.
Address: Espace Seric, R.N. 7 Aix-en-Provence 13100
Opening hours: 9am-noon, 3pm-7pm Tue-Sat
Telephone: +33 4 42 66 84 00
Neighbourhood: East of Aix

5. Kiloshop
With its mixture of second-hand and ready-to-wear clothes, this shop is well known for its low prices among the trendy and imaginative young people in town. There are a lot of different labels: Kiliwatch, Loïs, Crossby, all with hints of techno, rap and roller skating. There are also classic designs such as Petit Bateau tee-shirts, imitation wool gymslips, sailor jerseys and dungarees. Go right down to the bottom of the shop to discover second-hand goods: jackets, skirts, trousers, dresses and shirts of all kinds.
Address: 22, rue Granet Aix-en-Provence 13100
Opening hours: 2pm-7pm Mon; 9am-noon, 2pm-7pm Tue-Sat
Telephone: +33 4 42 96 64 62
Neighbourhood: Palais de Justice

6. Trouvailles
This bargain shop is a find among finds! Located on the square previously known as Place de l'Archevêché, this dress agency offers a personal service and has many loyal and regular customers. One can find nearly new items ranging from beautiful matching outfits to a separates including light dresses or a blouses. To be accepted for sale, clothes must be recent lines in excellent condition.
Address: 26, place des Martyrs-de-la-Résistance Aix-en-Provence 13100
Opening hours: 2pm-7pm Mon; 9am-noon, 2pm-7pm Tue-Sat
Telephone: +33 4 42 23 35 56
Neighbourhood: Old town


1. Marché de la brocante
The advantage when you go to this flea market is that you never know what you're going to find there! There's plenty of bric-a-brac, cane chairs, old jewellery, ornaments or even saucepans…not to mention that wonderful smell of attics that might bring back some memories…
Come and judge for yourself! Whether or not you find something you like, you will at least have the satisfaction of having learnt a "lesson on life"!
Address: Rue du vieil Hôpital Place de la Vieille-Boucherie Strasbourg 67000
Opening hours: 9am-6pm Tue-Wed-Sat.
Neighbourhood: City centre
Nearest train: tram: Grand-Rue


1. Temps Retrouvé (Le)
"Le Temps Retrouvé" is not just a bookshop like all the others, but also a meeting place: it has new editions, and older ones, but more particularly lots of travel books!
Just setting foot in the shop makes you feel as though you're off on a journey somewhere!
This shop specializes in mountaineering and relates the history of this activity through books old and new!
Budding or experienced mountaineers, or simply future travellers go and take a look and see why this shop is so well named.
Address: 5, rue des Veaux Strasbourg 67000
Opening hours: 10.30am-midday & 3pm-6.30pm Wed-Fri; 10.30am-midday & 2.30pm-6pm Sat.
Telephone: +33 3 88 35 37 57
Neighbourhood: City centre
Nearest train: tram: Homme de Fer

2. Stock en broc
This shop has managed to reconstruct the whole atmosphere of Grandma's house. Antique furniture sits alongside old photos, ironwork baskets and tarnished wood lamps. Everything is very tempting and you're very unlikely to leave the shop empty-handed, especially as in the presentation you see, the modern articles mix very well with the old ones!
Address: Passage Austerlitz Strasbourg 67000
Opening hours: 10am-7pm Tue-Sat.
Telephone: +33 3 88 25 58 59
Neighbourhood: Petite France
Nearest train: tram: Porte de l'Hôpital

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