The Farfouille de Leyment (in the Ain region, between Lyon and Geneva) was the second largest flea market fair in France after the Grande Braderie de Lille. Unfortunately, it was canceled in 2015 due to fears of terrorist attacks and remained suspended in 2016 and 2017. In 2018 it was confirmed that the Farfouille de Leyment would not return.
Launched in 1982, the Farfouille de Leyment usually brings together more than 1,700 vendors and exhibitors once a year in August, on a 20 km2 area. Around 70,000 visitors and bargain hunters flock to Leyment to look for hidden gems, or just have a great family time. No wonder why this event nowadays has an international dimension!
The Farfouille de Leyment is indeed one of the few outdoor antiques fair of this scale and quality in France. In fact, bargain hunters travel as far as from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and Austria to attend this event, and try their luck at bringing home something unique.
Paintings, postcards, trinkets, old furniture, lighting, old books, vinyl records, decor objects, stamps, pottery, antiques are some of the many items that can be found at this event.
To enjoy the Farfouille de Leyment, one does not necessarily have to be a skilled bargain hunter with something in mind and a strong knowledge of the antique market. Most people visiting the Farfouille de Leyment simply wander among the stalls without anything particular in mind, just enjoying the atmosphere of the flea market fair. And many of them actually manage to find this little something that will bring a vintage touch to their home. Something truly genuine.