“French country kitchen” is my favorite kind of kitchen. It says warm tones — wood, pink, yellow – and homemade meals. It says heirloom pie safes and family linens.
French flea market finds are without doubt one of the country’s best possible souvenirs, whether you’re pocketing vintage jewelry or shipping a three-foot tall chandelier straight from St. Ouen back home. Here, my nine favorite things to find at my favorite French flea markets, from enamelware to rattan mirror, at a variety of price points: You can find a vintage French rolling pin for €1, while a chandelier can easily cost thousands.
So what are the best flea markets in France? The French take their flea markets very, very seriously, and these events are hugely popular. Plan in advance for accommodations or risk staying out of town.
Last weekend, we went out to Chatou for the Foire de, an annual gathering of some of France’s best and most expensive antique dealers. It’s definitely the sort of fair that’s more about inspiration than buying stuff — I saw pieces there that cost twice or even three times as much as what I’d seen at the Porte de Vanves flea market literally three hours earlier. So — that’s not ideal. But if you’re, you know, “in the market to dream,” this is (cough) heaven on Earth! It goes through Sunday. See more about it here!