LOOSELY TRANSLATED: A National Exhibition of Antiques and Ham! That's right! Ham! I just returned from Paris and what a great trip...

PARIS FLEA MARKET AND ANTIQUES SHOW


 
LOOSELY TRANSLATED: A National Exhibition of Antiques and Ham!

That's right! Ham! I just returned from Paris and what a great trip! The flea market was all I hoped it would be. This particular market comes to Chateau twice a year. Once in March and once in September and lasts for about 10 days. It started out as a small antique fair where vendors would sell cheaply priced antiques and food vendors would sell ham. It has since been coming to this area for over 35 years now and has grown to over 800 dealers from all over France and now sells not only ham but regional food specialties and wine as well.






http://chatou.sncao-syndicat.com/
(TIDBIT: This website is in French, use Google translate for the language of your choice!)
TIDBIT: FLEA MARKET/ANTIQUE/CONSIGNMENT BUYING TIPS:
  •   Arrive Early - This way you get the cream of the crop when viewing the merchandise! However, sometimes in the last hours of a flea market, you can get the best price because the vendor either doesn't want to pack it up or wants to make a sale.
  •   Bring Cash - Some vendors will take credit, but it is a lot easier to negotiate the price of an item when you have the exact dollar amount in hand
  •   Pricing -  Pricing can get complicated. If you are looking for a particular item, make sure you do your research before hand to get a better understanding of the range in pricing for a particular piece. Vendors know the value of what they have and most times know the history of the item as well. In this particular flea market, you could also get a certificate of authentication on some items. Often if you make a reasonable offer or ask the dealer what their best price is on an item you can get it for less than the marketed price. However, be sure to use good manners and don't always expect a lower price!
ABOVE ALL HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE!!


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2 comments:

artclubblog.com said...

Only the french would combine food with antiques. Then again, that might be the only way to get my husband to come! I'm looking forward to visiting some flea markets outside Paris this summer and finding some little treasures.

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

What a great post! I've always wanted to go to Paris and to go to a flea market would be the cherry on top. Sure, I want to see the monuments and other tourist attractions, but I'm more drawn to being around the every day people of Paris. Maybe tour some of the farm area and meet the locals. Hopefully, one of these days . . .
Thanks so much for sharing your trip. I'm a new follower and found you on "Make a Scene Monday"! I'd love if you'd follow back and link up to my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party going on now. : )

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