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Exploring the Flea Markets of France: A Companion Guide for Visitors and Collectors Paperback – June 7, 1999

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Whether you are a first-time visitor to France or a seasoned Francophile, general tourist or serious collector, this guide to the flea markets of France is an essential companion on your travels.
        
Sandy Price, a voracious flea marketer, has toured the French countryside to compile this exhaustive and comprehensive listing of flea markets. She has discovered exactly which markets--whether they are urban or rural, upscale or low-end--are the best for uncovering specific treasures from
café au lait bowls and faïence pottery to antique clothes and linens to war memorabilia and farm tools.
        
Organized by region, markets are rated according to price range and quality of merchandise, scenic value, and nearby amenities. Far from being a dry catalog of lists and addresses, this guide provides colorful history and cultural information, invaluable collecting advice, travel tips, and restaurant recommendations that could only come from someone who has frequented the sometimes off-the-beaten paths to the flea markets of France.
        
Exploring the Flea Markets of France is an indispensable sourcebook for anyone looking for authentic French treasures to bring back home.
More than 200 market listings
Descriptions of more than 30 popular French collectibles
A handy English-French glossary of key phrases you'll need to know to bargain successfully
Important packing, shipping, and customs information
9 maps

About the Author

Sandy Price is a lawyer and flea market addict who has spent a number of years living in France and scouring the markets.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st Ediiton edition (June 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609804111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609804117
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
I roadtested this book on a recent trip to Provence and it was just what I needed. Not only did it tell me about the markets and their wares, but it also directed me to the best meal of my trip. The other big plus was useful French phrases for transactions with vendors who had little English.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Exploring the Flea Markets of France is a witty, informative book which makes you want to hop on a plane to France, put on your comfortable shoes and start searching for flea market treasures. Never dry or boring, and often funny (would you like to buy a bucket of dead fish?), this book is full of useful tips for both experienced and aspiring flea market shoppers. Whether you are actually planning a trip to France or are simply an armchair traveller, you must read Ms Price's book (you won't believe she is a lawyer).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
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This is an engaging, knowledgeable book that vividly conveys the sights and sounds of French flea markets and their remarkable history. The author knows her stuff, and her love for the colours and textures of their wares is infectious. Price's prose style is friendly and authoritative, with a sly sense of humour. I found it a great read for anyone who likes France, but it's a must for the flea market enthusiast.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bonita L Crawford on December 4, 2000
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Thank you, Sandy, for this great book! Just returned from Paris where 3 other antique dealers and I visited all the markets listed for Paris that were available in November. The information was accurate and honest and the directions very complete. This is a great time saver for serious shoppers like we are and enabled us to maximize our limited time in Paris. We plan to use the other sections of the book on a future trip (soon we hope!) and recommend it to others we discover that are planning a shopping trip in France. Well worth the modest price!
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