We’d look for any excuse to book a flight to France, map out a route, and spend a few days scouring flea markets, brocantes, and vides greniers (the French version of a garage sale) for vintage finds. The next best thing? A few small vintage shops, with wares hand-sourced from antiques shops and stalls throughout France, and easily browsable from your couch. Unlike bigger online platforms like eBay and Etsy, these are more curated shops run (and sourced) by individuals and couples, with small selections that frequently sell out (and get replenished). It’s a version of a flea market where the digging has been done for you (no kitschy bric-a-brac included); all your need to do is go online. Here are six shops we like.
Read more about the shop in Nomibis: A Vintage Shop in Reims, France, Shoppable on Instagram.
2. Marston House
Take a tour of the shop (and the shopkeepers’ apartment, above) in Marston House in Vinalhaven: French Vintage Style in Maine.
3. Les Pénates Reims/Brice Bérard Antiques
For a look inside the guest houses (and Brun and Bérard’s own place), see French Lessons: A Designer and an Antiquary’s Remodeled Guesthouses in Reims (Soon Available to Rent).
4. Elsie Green
For more on Elsie Green, see French Vintage Style via the Bay Area: Elsie Green in Sebastapol. (And for Laurie’s secrets to scouring flea markets, in Expert Advice: An Insider’s Guide to Sleuthing Antiques and Housewares in Paris.)
5. Super Marché
6. Madame de la Maison
Read more about Aki in Vintage French Style You Can Rent: Madame de la Maison in Paris (and get her entertaining tips in How to Throw a Party the French Way).
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