French Brocantes and My Finds

The summer holidays seem a distant memory but the excitement of travelling to a plethora of French Brocantes in August still remains.

Every summer I make the trip across to Cherbourg from Poole and then onwards to Bordeaux to stay in my Mum’s house in the Charentes.

On route, I pick up a copy of Antiquites Brocantes and start to plan a week of sourcing and mooching at the village car boot sales, fetes and larger flea markets. This year was a bumper year for finds and I managed to visit two vide greniers, two brocantes and one fete.

French Brocantes

I picked up a huge 1970’s lamp for our lounge with a black ceramic base. I just need to find a new lampshade for it. I also picked up lots of yummy fabric which I’ve started to pop up in my web shop. I found a beautiful quilted bedspread for our spare room, and of course, the kiddiess found a couple of minions, a lightning mcqueen and a farm yard set!

French Buttons

Market Stall Holders

French Fete


About Vicky Grubb

Once a kitchen table Upholsterer, now a fully fledged tutor, author and hoarder of vintage fabrics. My Upholstery studio is based in Bournemouth, Dorset, where I live with my husband and two tinkers.

3 Responses to “French Brocantes and My Finds”

  1. Jennifer September 21, 2014 8:08 pm #

    I have been interested in textiles and going to France in search of textiles, ribbons trims etc. The best items I’ve ever bought were from France. I just don’t know how to locate these items once I get off the airplane ! Can you offer any suggestions ? Also, is there an English version of Antiquities Brocantes ? I would be so great fun for any tips !
    Thank you ,

    • Vicky Grubb October 9, 2014 8:49 pm #

      Hi Jennifer, There isn’t an English version, but it’s really easy to follow. You just look up the number of your county (just google map of france and it will give you the regional numbers), the date, and look for either Vide Greniers or Brocantes and put in the address to your Sat Nav. I usually look for the ones with a large number of stalls – described as ‘expo…’ I usually go for the ‘expo 300’ ones. Vickyx

  2. Mel September 24, 2014 9:55 pm #

    I’d really love to go one day, looks amazing! Mx

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