One of the most deeply rooted traditions in France (one which perhaps you didn't expect) is that of the vide-greniers. These are second-hand markets whose main attraction is that anyone who wants to participate can simply do so. This means that you don't have to be a professional in the field to set up a stall and join in this festive atmosphere.
It is precisely this carefree and local character of the vide-greniers that makes them extremely attractive. And by the way, they are scattered throughout the French territory.
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The passion for vide-greniers (literally “barn-emptier") in France is such that, in fact, there is a website to find out where and when future editions will be. In these second-hand markets, absolutely anything that is reusable can be sold. Occasionally, thematic markets are held for clothing, furniture, toys, accessories, etc. The best part, of course, is the prices. Real bargains can be found in this type of market, so everyone wins: the buyer, by finding an article that can be really useful, and the seller, who will be able to get rid of that which no longer serves him.
In any case, vide-greniers are very interesting spaces for the visitors, because they allow people to get know the French lifestyle and customs a bit better. Let's see where to find the best vide-greniers in France.
You never know what you can find, for someone an object can be junk and for another a real treasure
1. Mega Vide Greniers (Marseille)
It is, without a doubt, one of Marseille's most famous vide-greniers. It is held at the Hippodrome every Sunday and has a capacity for around a thousand exhibitors. Even if you don't intend to buy anything, it's almost impossible to leave the place empty-handed.
2. Lyon 7ème (Lyon)
This flea market is one of the most popular vide-greniers among reading enthusiasts. It takes place on the first and third Sunday of each month in the Place Raspail in Lyon. In the stalls, you can find old and second-hand books, vinyl records, comics and other various objects.
3. Les Grands Voisins (Paris)
One Sunday a month, there is a massive second-hand flea market in Paris, specifically in the space known as Les Grands Voisins (Denfert-Rochereau Avenue). More than a hundred exhibitors come together in an atmosphere of conviviality and revelry. This free solidarity market is open between 10.00 and 19.00 h.
There are all types of markets, from neighborhoods to large markets where everything is sold
4. Forum des Antiquaires Antiquités (Toulouse)
Enthusiasts of antiques, curious objects, furniture from other eras and vintage articles cannot miss this market, which is held every day from Monday to Saturday in the Avenue des États-Unis. Each stall is like a time machine, so it's 100% worth checking them out.
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