Are you an avid traveler or someone who will go the extra mile in search of astonishing antiques and vintage one-offs? There is nothing better than being a tourist or playing tourist in a hot spot near or far.
Antique hunting treasure troves can be found all over the globe. When I get globe trotting I plan to add these destinations to my list of MUST visits.
FRANCE– Braderie de Lille Flea Market: This is the largest flea market in all of Europe. It takes place this year from Saturday, September 6-7. With a startling 10,000 exhibitors, I imagine you won’t leave disappointed. The adorable town Lille is located 1-2 hours (depending on your mode of transportation) outside of Paris which makes it a convenient stop over if you are in the area. Miles of streets to roam and bargains to be found. The word “Braderie” is French for “sell at a low price.”
ARGENTINA – San Telmo Antiques Fair: Who needs an excuse to pay a visit to the bustling Buenos Aires, Argentina? This promising antique and artisan event takes place every Sunday from around 10am to 4pm depending on the weather and season. Bring a big suitcase!
CALIFORNIA – Rose Bowl Flea Market: This famous flea market held in Pasadena, California features over 2500 vendors and 45 years of selling success. Every second Sunday pop by and enjoy the sunshine and super deals.
LONDON -Camden Lock Market: Vintage clothes, music and arts are just a few things that can be discovered at this Monday – Sunday market. Since 1972 this original arts & crafts market has been attracting visitors. While I talk about London I shall not forget to mention Portobello Road the world’s largest antiques market – a landmark that generates flocks and flocks of people from all over the universe.
There are no “slim pickings” in TENNESSEE at Antique Archaeology. This is one of two stores owned by Mike Wolfe off the show, American Pickers. You can find a little bit of everything in this store in Nashville or drive on over to the location in LeClaire, Iowa.
NEW YORK – Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market: There are really 3 Annex Markets here. Check out Hells Kitchen Flea Market, West 25 Street Market and the Antique Garage every Saturday and Sunday all year long. If antiques, furniture and jaw dropping bargains are your thing don’t miss “the very best” during your next trip to NY.
MADRID – El Rastro: This is one of the oldest markets in Europe as it dates back to the 15th century. Spend a Sunday morning in the streets of Madrid. The smell of antiques will draw you in. This is just one more reason why I have to visit Spain. Do you find curiosities charming? The atmosphere and unique trinkets will keep you eyes wandering.
You need to mozy on over to TEXAS for Antique Weekend. Twice a year (March/April & September/October) over 100,000 people visit rural Texas for this weekend of wonder. You will not leave these grounds empty handed.
I was born in Mississauga, Ontario therefore have to send a little shout out to the TORONTO – St. Lawrence Antique Market. There are some good times to be had at this antique market.
Immerse yourself amongst five star hagglers, distinctive vendors and the fashion elite – add one or more of these places above to your travel itinerary.
Fine old things don’t come to those who wait they come to those who search.