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"This attractive little book is a great resource for anyone who enjoys the thrill of the hunt. Laxer covers flea markets in every region of France (including Paris), rating them for their value, visual appeal and nearby amenities. She also explains what collectibles to look for at each venue and offers suggestions on neighborhood cafes, restaurants, bakeries and museums." --France Magazine

"...wherever you set out from, you will want to follow her lead if you are a flea-market fanatic." --House & Garden (London)

"Whether you're searching for a simple souvenir or a serious collectible, flea markets are a way to connect with real life in Gallic culture. Sandy Price, author of The Flea Markets of France, helps bargain hunters land that perfect piece." --National Geographic Traveler

"Little Bookroom, part of the tweedy New York Review of Books, publishes whimsical guidebooks to the civilized pleasures of Western culture capitals. The Flea Markets of France is the latest addition to the series, and undoubtedly one of the best. From Rouen to Paris to Avignon, Sandy Price lays out the fundamentals of those congregations for lovers of castoffs and forgotten treasures—glazed ceramic vases, rustic farmhouse furniture, Art Nouveau patio sets. The book has all the details you need to plan your own flea market Tour de France, including schedules, locations, notes about prices and offerings, tips on restaurants for a restorative repast, and other sites to visit nearby. The book is as satisfying a find as anything you'll discover amid the dusty heaps." --Ralph Lauren Magazine

About the Author

Sandy Price is an attorney living in Canada. She has lived and traveled extensively in France.

Originally from Toronto, Emily Laxer has spent several years in France. During her early childhood, she lived with her family in a small village in Provence, where she went to the local one-room school. As a teenager, she returned to Menton in the C™te d’Azur. She attended college in Montreal, and most recently began a PhD in sociology at the University of Toronto.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom; Main edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145598
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We were just about to leave for a trip to Provence and the Riviera when we stumbled upon this book, just out by that really interesting niche publisher, Little Bookroom. What a great find--engaging text and stunning photographs as well as really useful information. We loved the markets and the restaurants and cafes recommended. A valuable tool for your travels to France or a great and appealing read if you can't get away just yet.
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As a serious flea market browser and frequent traveler, I have to say that this book has all the markings of someone who goes to France occasionally, mainly to Paris, then goes home to wherever they happen to live and think they can write a comprehensive reference book. This book is not at all comprehensive. With the possible exception of Paris and its environs, the listings in this book are so scant that you are much better off doing a little research online if you are serious about finding brocantes (vintage/antique markets) and vide greniers (equivalent to car boots in the UK) for your upcoming trip to France. I mean, only four listings for Provence, an area that teems with brocante markets and such every weekend, not to mention tons of stores and warehouses? Nothing at all for Lyon, the second (or third) biggest city in the country?? Nothing about Lille, the location of a huge braderie every September? I suppose that the book is best suited for people who only want to dream about going to France, rather than for people who might actually go there for serious shopping, or think Paris equals France, period. On second thought, perhaps I should be glad that many people might just follow this book and stay away from my 'hidden treasures' ;)
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An unusual approach to traveling in France! I cannot wait to take this book when I go to France this fall.
This book describes regional flea markets (all over France!)by providing advice on what to find where on what days -- as well as how to bargain without insulting the vendors.
Local color, including restaurants and cafe's, are also included. The photos whet the appetite. The format is small enough to stick in a purse (or man-bag.)
In sum, the book should help any traveler join the locals in the national past-time of hunting for the bargain, or in my case, the perfect souvenir or gift from France. Great for armchair traveling or trip planning as well - (that is how I have used it so far.)
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Both stylish and informative, this high-quality book provides a very useful guide to the French flea markets. The focus is the regular markets which take place either on a weekly or monthly basis (the guide does not address the many once-a-year markets which are less relevant to the traveller or holiday maker). It is small enough to be tucked into a handbag or rucksack, yet pretty enough to be displayed on a coffee table at home. The gorgeous photographs and lively descriptions reflect the colourful and fascinating markets and the people who work there. The author obviously has a true passion for her subject! For a well-researched, well-written and charming guide to "off the beaten path" France, look no further.
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It has been hard to find guides to all the small flea-like markets in Paris, let alone for all of France. This one tries but falls short. The obvious are found here but not the obscure. Too bad as that is where the treasures are usually found.
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When my younger brother found out I bought this book in preparation for an upcoming visit to France his reaction was "So wait, you're going to France to go to garage sales?" Yeah, and what pray tell is so weird about that? Can you image anything more fun than going to a vintage clothing store in Paris?!! Or how about a flea market near Orleans that specializes in gardening tools etc? If you are now salivating at such possibilities you know this book is for you. It even includes important French phrases that every bargain shopper needs to know. What could be better?
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I originally borrowed this book from a friend when I took my first trip to France. It didn't disappoint! It was so on point and I used it to plan our travels to different areas and towns. I didn't want to give it back once we got home! I just had to order it for myself. We have been back since and still use it each time. Of course over time, some flea markets will move locations but you should still find something in the area fun to do or as the book suggests some local fare and locations to try.
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great book found the markets in paris as detailed in the book. Just as described if not better. looking for antiques then this is the place to go.
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