One of the joys of searching through items for sale at a good flea market is the utter randomness of some of the vendors’ collections. And the Dimanches des Antiquaires du Cours Mirabeau has plenty of such items to see. This market takes place just once a month, excluding the winter months, so it is worth noting the dates of opening so that the weird treasures for sale here are not missed.
Dimanches des Antiquaires du Cours Mirabeau welcomes around 50 professional antique dealers and vendors of vintage items and curios. They set up shop on Aix en Provence’s most famous avenue, and spill into the joining alleyways and surrounding small streets. The whole area feels filled to the brim with goodies, and is a treasure-hunter’s dream. A location in the town center also means that refreshments are always close at hand too, so longer days can be spent at the market stalls.
Those that enjoy their markets prim, proper and organized may not fully appreciate what Dimanches des Antiquaires du Cours Mirabeau has to offer. If, like most flea market aficionados, you appreciate a little bit of chaos and a lot of rummaging through goods, you will love this market. There is stuff everywhere, and definitely something for everyone. Antique furniture is on display, alongside vintage clothing, antique jewelry, earthenware, silverware, paintings, linen, glassware, old newspapers, toys, books, rugs and curios beyond mention.
Dimanches des Antiquaires du Cours Mirabeau is a very popular event among the locals, and there is always a feeling of anticipation leading up to the first market of the year. It is a real highlight to late spring and both vendors and shoppers alike look forward to the sales. Generally, not many tourists seems to make it to the Sunday markets, so it is a wonderful place to absorb and embrace the local atmosphere.