Just a stone’s throw from the rue des Trois cailloux in Amiens, France, Le Grenier is a treasure trove that’s a bit special: A hiding place open to all, where everyone is invited to unearth that little extra something that will look so good in his home.
Le Grenier is a marriage of many concepts: flea market and second-hand shop, shop and cafe, bricks and mortar store and online marketplace. The owner is passionate about re-purposing items and giving them a little TLC, to extend their life span and find them a new household. One of the mandates of this store is to fight against the current throw-away culture and their website asks the question: “why buy new? It is neither useful nor ethical.” By shopping at Le Grenier, you are guaranteed items that are one-of-a-kind, high quality, and affordable.
A further aim of Le Grenier is to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, felt by all who enter the store. The idea is for it to not be simply a shop, but a space where you will enjoy hanging out with family and friends. To this end, the inclusion of a cafe within the store was a logical and excellent idea! Shoppers can take a load off, and enjoy refreshments while talking about which of the many discovered treasures to bring home with them. A cafe-brocante is a wonderful creation and is one of the reasons that people return again and again to shop at this lovely store.
The interior of Le Grenier resembles a cozy living room that is crammed with vintage and antique items to admire. Shelves on the wall are filled with vintage books, advertising cards, decorative tins, kitchen items, and other curios. Pieces of furniture are spread through the room, all available to buy, including shelving units, cabinets of all sizes, chests of drawers, and more. Every space and surface is utilized to display more goods and throughout the room, you can find maps, glassware, photographs, artwork, mirrors, typewriters, tables and chairs, and more. It is the kind of room that invites you to keep on exploring.
As with a regular flea market, the opening hours of Le Grenier are rather sporadic. Visitors can only enjoy this store twice through the week and on one of these days, it is only open for a couple of hours. Therefore, popping in spontaneously may not be possible, so make a note of its hours and plan your trip accordingly!