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  • Brocante – a flea market or shop with old, sometimes antique items …. brocante means treasures!
  • Marché aux Puces – flea market, also a source of great treasures.
  • Vide Grenier – Wonderful annual village or town sales.  Literally means ‘attic sale’ and is a chance for the locals to clear out their cupboards, chat with neighbours and have a drink.  Often live music, fresh cooked food and gentle entertainment helps the day go by.   A day long event, vide grenier can cover a single street or every road in a village! It is always worth checking how many sellers they are expecting before you drive a hundred miles and get lost down a dozen country lanes.
  • Foire à tout – this Normandy phrase means ‘fair has everything’, and is much like a Vide Grenier; a general sale with bric-a-brac, possibly local food, entertainment and definitely bargains.
  • Troc – barter/bargaining.
  • You and I are  ‘Chineurs‘ brocanters/bargain hunters!

Treasure hunting in Normandy

How to find fab flea markets? Read our best hints and tips in the Brocante Lovers Guide

Like to keep out of the rain? Discover our top five Normandy brocante shops 2015

Scroll down to find lots of local Normandy regular antique/brocante market details here

*Rain alert! If the weather is terrible (it is Normandy….) advertised vide grenier could well be cancelled and although a hardy bunch, the outdoor brocante markets are likely to be a bit sparse and end early.

An awful warning….

All about how it can horribly wrong on a hot day here…

Brocante couple


Brocante painting
Honfleur find!

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