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).
More vintage French style:
- Above the Shop: An Antiques-Filled Apartment at Maison Empereur (and It’s for Rent)
- France’s Oldest—and Most Esteemed—Hardware Store
- Expert Advice: How to Decorate Like a Frenchwoman
Frequently asked questions
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Why did you write this article about French vintage antique shops?
We wrote this article to bring attention to the unique and beautiful vintage and antique furniture and decor available in French shops. We believe that these pieces add character and charm to any space and can be a great investment for design enthusiasts.
What type of vintage and antique furniture and decor can I find in French shops?
You can find a wide variety of vintage and antique furniture and decor in French shops, including but not limited to: chandeliers, mirrors, armchairs, dining tables, dressers, and artwork.
Where are the French vintage antique shops located?
The shops listed in the article are located in various regions throughout France. However, there are many more vintage and antique shops located throughout the country.
Do these shops only sell vintage and antique items?
There are many shops listed that sell a combination of vintage and antique items as well as new, modern pieces. It is always best to check with the individual shop to see what they carry.
Is it possible to purchase items from these shops if I don't live in France?
Yes, it is possible to purchase items from these shops if you don't live in France. Many of the shops listed have websites and online shopping options. You can also work with a third-party shipping service to have the items shipped to your location.