Flea, Antique & Vide-Grenier Markets
Europe doesn’t do Garage Sales, preferring neighborhood Brocantes and Vide-Greniers. Not sure what those are? Read on for Iconic Riviera’s complete guide to the markets happening on the French Riviera:
Brocantes (Flea Markets)
In a Brocante, the exhibitors are professionals. There are therefore objects of greater value than in garage sales. The second-hand dealer sells furniture, everyday objects: lamps, dishes, linens, old tools, books, magazines, postcards, and other collections … In short, all the nuggets from the 1920s to the 2000s!
Salon d’Antiquaire (Antique Market)
Unlike the second-hand dealer, the antique dealer generally sells furniture, works of art or books dating back more than a century. Some antique dealers have their own shop but can participate in large one-off events.
Many antique dealers specialize and offer furniture in the Empire, Directory or Louis XVI style for example. They have an obligation to guarantee the authenticity of the goods they offer for sale.
Vide Grenier / Bric à Brac (Household Sale)
Each village usually does one or two Vide Greniers a year, spring and fall. The sellers are mainly individuals (even if some allow second-hand dealers), and each family fills a table with all manner of fascinating finds, from the most hilarious junk to the most interesting antiques.
This is an unpacking sale where individuals sell items that they no longer need. You will find everything there: clothes, books, video games, toys, comics, decorative objects, childcare equipment… Vide Greneirs are often festive events at very affordable prices.
You will of course find valuables there but also a lot of objects at 1, 2 or 5 euros!
The prices at these bric-a-brac free-for-alls are a fraction of the weekly flea markets, and bargaining is the way to go… if you don’t speak French, start with a ‘bonjour‘ and a smile, then just point and use the calculator on your smartphone to make your offer!
We keep the Iconic Riviera events calendar updated with the dates for these events.
Brocantes (Clearance Sales)
You can also hunt in a clearance sale, historically organized in the open air and bringing together local stores wishing to liquidate their stock (and, sometimes, second-hand stores). The most coveted sale in the open air, is the Braderie de St Tropez, where the local stores put their items on sale before closing up for the winter.
Where to Find the Sales
See below for a list of sales, and check our events calendar for markets and special sales events, plus our guide to the best places to find shopping deals.
If you want even more, this is the government’s official list of the current list of all the local markets: Just look for ‘Vide Grenier’ (selling anything and everything) or ‘Frippery’ (selling mostly clothes) or ‘Brocante’ (which means pricey professional antique dealers which, while interesting, is usually not cheap). Bring some sacks and lots of coins and small bills.
- Antiques: first Friday of the month: Bord de Mer
- Antiques, every Thursday and Saturday: Place Audiberti.
- Crafts, Thursday to Saturday: Cours Massena.
- Antiques: third Sunday of the month: in the port.
- Antiques: first Sunday of the month: in the town.
- Antiques: last Sunday of the month: Place du Château
- Antiques: every Monday: Marché Forville
- Flea-market every Friday: Ranguin.
- Antiques: every Saturday afternoon: Les Allées de la Liberté.
- Artists fair every Sunday: Les Allées de la Liberté.
- Antiques: second Friday of the month: Place Carnot.
La Colle sur Loup
- Antiques: second Sunday of the month: Rue de l’Ancienne Gare.
- Antiques: last Sunday of the month, in the Old Port parking.
- Antiques: wednesdays: Cours Honoré Cresp.
- Antiques: third Saturday of the month: Cours Honoré Cresp.
- Bric-a-Brac and antiques: every Saturday: in the parking opposite the hospital
- Bric-a-Brac and antiques: first Sunday of the month: Place Neuve.
- Antiques: last Friday of the month, Place des Mimosas, Escota parking.
- Antiques: every Friday morning in the Place aux Herbes, next to the Bastion.
- Antiques: second Sunday of the month: Esplanade Palméro.
- Antiques: every Saturday afternoon: Port de Fontvieille.
- Big antiques market all day Monday: Cours Saleya.
- Antiques: first Sunday of the month: Quai de la Douane
- Art: second Saturday of the month: Place du Palais de Justice.
- Books: first and thrid Saturday of the month: Place du Palais de Justice.
- Collectable postcards: last Saturday of the month: Place du Palais de Justice.
- Antiques and bric-a-brac: every Sunday at the parking area Débarquement au Dramont
- Antiques and bric-a-brac: every Tuesday of the month: Place Coullet.
- Antiques: first Friday of the month on the sea front at Agay
- Antiques: every Tuesday and Saturday of the month: Place des Lices.
- Antiques: every second Sunday of the month: Route de Grimaud. Tel: 04 94 97 45 21.
St Vallier de Thiey
- Antiques: second Sunday of the month: Le Pré
- Antiques: first Sunday of the month, in the streets of the Old Town.
- Antiques: all day Wednesdays: Place du Grand Jardin
- Antiques: every Sunday in the village, Place Amelis Polonais and Port de la Santé.
- Antiques: every Sunday: in the village, Place du Village.