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Who wouldn’t enjoy hunting for unexpected treasure at a French flea market? One of the perks of my job is the need to spend time and money searching for the perfect accessories for my European co-ownership homes. One sunny Thursday morning, we headed for the famed flea market in Villeneuve les Avignon. Arriving around 10 o’clock, the parking lot was filling up and the vendors of furniture, clothing, knick knacks and bric a brac could be seen from one end of the very large paved area to the other. Where to begin??

Folks were already lined up for ocean fresh oysters being deftly open on the far left. This was adjacent to another booth selling espresso and wine. Only in France, we thought! It was enormous fun people-watching, uncovering treasures, and learning how much one can legitimately barter down the price. We were actually on the lookout for an easy chair for the master bedroom as well as a coffee table the salon at Le Muguet, our home near Uzes. From vintage clothing to linens and kitchenware, vintage furnishings can really add a flair to an historic property.

Later that afternoon, we passed a brocante (antique store) with an awesome angel sculpture (which we did not buy) but we did manage to score the perfect coffee table. Success! In case you are interested, here is the 2023 calendar of brocante and flea markets for the Languedoc region:

Flea market