Brocante and Lily of the Valley @Vauclusedreamer
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A Provencal day of Brocante and Lily of the Valley

Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer: From the middle of the week I could see that today was shaping up to be a busy day. Not that I had a list of things that had to be done, but more because I’d seen signs for 3 local ‘Vide Grenier’ events …

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Vivre Côté Sud is June 3 to 6 in Aix

Contributor blog post by Julie Mautner: The 18th edition of the popular design fair called Vivre Côté Sud takes place June 3 to 6 in the Parc Jourdan in Aix. As in years past, the exhibitors (250 or so of them) will be organized by theme, the cumulative effect being a delicious, over-the-top …

Antiques Diva @Aixcentric
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Enterprising: Caren is an Antiques Diva

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Like many other women who arrive in Provence for a variety of reasons, Caren Trafford has been busy restyling her life: previously based in Sydney where she was an author of environmental books for children, she is now additionally becoming expert in the world of …

Garden Furniture @Hildast
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Garden Furniture Impulse buy or 3 year search

Perhaps it is the weather or the hunt for a bargain that drives literally thousands of people to visit a brocante (second-hand markets) especially in the summer. Well-known places such as Isle-sur-la Sorgue seamlessly blend antiques with second hand goods. I have never known what is a bargain and what …

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Vide Greniers Provencal Style Garage Sales

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Always good for entertainment, and the odd little treasure are the vide greniers; France’s answer to garage sales. These are sales on a village scale, with a festive atmosphere. Typically, vendors secure a spot by paying a nominal fee to the local town hall (Marie).  The wares …

Cours Mirabeau #AixenProvence #Markets @aixcentric
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Changes Ahead for Aix Market

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Returning to Aix last week, it was good to see the textile market stalls back together in the Cours Mirabeau after being scattered around during the Christmas period; but further changes are afoot from June onwards and the stall holders are not happy. All three markets …

Provencal Souvenirs #Provence @AccessRiviera
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How to easily get a Tax Refund on your French souvenirs

Contributor blog post by Access Riviera: Did you know that as a tourist in France you are entitled to claim back the Value Added Tax (VAT or TVA) on purchases over €175 made in a single store? You didn’t know that? Well, luckily for you this blog post will shed …

Cartes Postales #Broccante @CuriousProvence
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Vintage Parisian Architecture Postcards

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: I was at the Carpentras flea market a couple weeks ago and came upon this 1920s album. I couldn’t help myself when I saw that the book was being sold with postcards as well. Despite most likely paying too much, the first 3 pages …

Christmas Markets France Nice #ChristmasMarkets @FibiTee
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Christmas Markets in France

Contributor blog post by Phoebe Thomas: Christmas markets in France are becoming more and more popular every year and yet when many people think of Christmas markets in Europe, France probably doesn’t even spring to mind. A quick internet search will throw up plenty of suggestions for Germany and Austria, …

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Puces Brocante à Carpentras – Sunday Flea Market

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker The photo is just an example of the great mix of treasures you’ll find at Carpentras. The Sunday antique market at Carpentras is my favourite weekly antique market. As you may already know, the town of Isle sur la Sorgue is the king of …