Best Flea Market – La Grande Rederie Amiens, France
We visited the Best Flea Market – La grande Rederie, Amiens, France in April this year. In Northern France flea markets tend to be known as “a rederie” but they are also often called “a braderie” and “a brocante” which is the most widely used term.
A visit to a French flea market can be great fun and we really enjoyed our 4 day visit. We stayed in a lovely Chambres d’hotes 12km north of the city run by a lovely retired French couple. The owner Josy, made us so welcome and even baked us a cake and made us hot flasks of coffee ready for our early start on the Sunday. This is a photo of the b&b in Flesselles.
The Amiens flea market takes place twice a year in April and October. The 51 streets in the town centre are closed to welcome some 500 professional dealers and 2,000 casual traders from all over France, and with over 80,000 visitors looking for bargains the autumn La Grande Rederies the second biggest event of its kind after Lille’s Braderie.
Arming ourselves with warm clothes, Madame Josy’s cake and our flasks we set off to the flea market on a very chilly and frosty sunday morning. There is a great atmosphere of people milling around looking for a bargain amongst the tables and tablecloths draped on the floor. If you visit, remember to take a torch so you can get a really good look, remember it’s still dark at 6am!!! Our day was very fruitful and we picked up a great selection of French homewares and objets d’art.