One of the joys of browsing at a good flea market is the sheer randomness of some of the vendors' collections. And the Dimanches des Antiquaires du Cours Mirabeau has plenty of such items. This market only takes place once a month, except in the winter months, so it is worth keeping track of the opening dates to avoid missing out on the odd treasures on sale.
The Dimanches des Antiquaires du Cours Mirabeau welcomes around 50 professional antique dealers and sellers of vintage items and curiosities. They set up shop on Aix en Provence's most famous avenue and spill out into the connecting alleys and surrounding streets. The whole area is filled to the brim with goodies and is a treasure hunter's dream. A downtown location also means that refreshments are always close at hand, so longer days can be spent at the market stalls.
Those who like their markets clean, tidy and organized may not fully appreciate what the Dimanches des Antiquaires du Cours Mirabeau has to offer. If, like most flea market lovers, you like a little chaos and a lot of picking, you will love this market. There is stuff everywhere and definitely something for everyone. Antique furniture is on display, along with vintage clothing, antique jewelry, earthenware, silverware, paintings, linens, glassware, old newspapers, toys, books, carpets and curiosities too numerous to mention.
The Dimanches des Antiquaires du Cours Mirabeau is a very popular event with the locals and there is always a sense of anticipation as the first market of the year approaches. It is a real highlight of late spring and both vendors and shoppers look forward to the sales. Generally, not many tourists seem to make it to the Sunday markets, so it is a wonderful place to soak up the local atmosphere.
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