For the past 30 years, “La Ville Rose” has been hosting a huge flea market with more than 120 professional merchants from across the south of France. Once set along the Avenue Jules Guesde, this monthly flea market was relocated back in 2011 along the Allées François Verdier, and is considered by many one of the largest Flea markets in the Southwest of France.
This flea market, frequented by both enthusiasts who like to rummage through old boxes, and other passers-by who pause to discover a world of heterogeneous objects they’re not familiar with, features all kinds of prices. However, the brocante of the Allées François Verdier has a reputation for being generally a bit pricey compared to other flea markets in the region, and bargains are unlikely; vendors are discerning and knowledgeable about the value of their goods.
From old 18th century furniture, silverware and fabric, to 1980s home decor, books, military memorabilia, fine French porcelain and other eclectic items, the variety of collectibles available at the Brocante of the Allées François Verdier, is pretty large (with an emphasis on the decorative over the rustic).
But truth be told, exhibitors attending this brocante are all professionals selling beautiful and high-quality merchandises. And regular customers as well as professional antiques dealers from Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and Spain, know it. Nonetheless, many trinkets remain very affordable (compared to Paris for instance), particularly since they don’t carry the 30% – 50% markup of an antiques store.
All in all, a visit to the brocante of the Allées François Verdier is a must do in Toulouse, particularly since it can (and should!) be combined with a stop-over at the nearby brocante Saint Sernin.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
When I’m not able to travel, I check out a variety of online sources overseas and over the years have developed relationships with certain vendors who’ll let me save up my purchases until I have enough to fill a big box.
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