The Marché aux Puces de la Vieille Ville enjoys a scenic location in the old town of Nancy in eastern France, close to the basilica of Saint Epvre. This flea market has been a regular monthly occurrence in this town since the 80s and seems that it will be so for many years to come. It is a very popular event among the locals and many generations of families have enjoyed the atmosphere and the interesting goods that are always provided by this market. It also attracts visitors from further afield on the Sundays that it takes place.
The Marché aux Puces de la Vieille Ville has an early start so keen shoppers and those seeking certain collectibles will need to set an alarm to be among the first there! However, it does remain open until early evening, so if specific items are not on the shopping list, one can enjoy a leisurely Sunday and arrive to have a look around this market at any time. Visitors can expect to see silverware, cutlery sets, porcelain items, photos, frames, small works of art, carvings and other ornamental pieces, vintage books, smaller furniture items such as chairs and small desks, glassware, globes, and more. As an added bonus, there is usually a municipal market taking place on Sundays too, so this is a great town to visit for those who love browsing around a good market!
One of the reasons for the continuing popularity of the Marché aux Puces de la Vieille Ville is its adaptation to the changing demographics of its visitors. Over the years, with more students and shoppers on a budget, prices set by the vendors have varied accordingly. Many of the vendors set up their stalls regularly every month and have been staples of the flea market for years. Others come and go, bringing a great variety of both characters and goods to the event. The number of vendors is usually somewhere between 40 and 50, though sunny Sundays are always the busiest, with both the most vendors and shoppers. Therefore, it is worth checking the forecast before planning a trip here!
For lovers of vintage furniture, especially from the Mid-Century period, Nancy is a destination not to be missed. Indeed, Jean Prouvé, one of the greatest French designers whose pieces still fetch tens of thousands of dollars at auctions, was born in this city. He studied here and established his factory for the construction of interior furniture. It is therefore not uncommon for some of Jean Prouvé’s pieces to end up in secondhand furniture superstores like Emmaus or even in the street to be picked up by garbage collectors as has already happened several times. So, if you visit Nancy, don’t miss the opportunity to try your luck at the Marché aux Puces de la Vieille Ville or to wander the streets on the day of the bulky goods collection. You never know, you might get your hands on a Jean Prouvé piece too.