The established antique dealer will currently know his way about Paris, the big cities and the antiques/brocante fairs. Nonetheless for the little dealer or the person who may possibly be new to this or on a mastering curve, this report endeavours to give some guidance.
There are a number of areas to acquire, related to the UK, so just before you go a study of feasible routes or areas you want to pay a visit to is critical. The magazine I use to establish an itinerary is “Aladin” exactly where you will uncover ” l’Agenda des Chineurs”, (a list or diary of events). Les chineurs is made use of rather loosely to cover antique dealer or hunter, skilled or amateur. This magazine is complete of helpful facts, their internet website is aladinmag.com. You can subscribe or just extract facts for the quick future.
There are basically two motives for going to France 1.To acquire or two.To love the ambiance of France and acquire some antiques/collectables at the identical time. What ever the cause, it is nonetheless essential to establish exactly where you are going and for how lengthy. Never overlook France is a significant nation, albeit effectively served with motorways but it nonetheless requires time and income (tolls, fuel and so on.) to travel.
You will want a superior up to date road map of France, preferably in book kind to make it quick to study in the vehicle, a list and map of the “Departments”. France is divided into about 100 departments and these numbers are made use of by most men and women to define exactly where their activity is positioned, i.e. 66 is Pyrenees – Orientales and the post code will also get started with this quantity, just insert French departments in the search box and you can download the map. So with a superior road map and the division map you can get started to strategy.
You ought to make a decision which component of France you want to pay a visit to or you will have to do some study utilizing “L’Agenda des Chineurs” to make this choice. What ever you select you ought to make a decision if you are going to shops or fairs, or a mixture of each. As far as shops are concerned quite a few promote in ‘Aladin’, other individuals in yellow pages, “pagesjaune.fr” and there is a really superior web page at french- antiques-dealers.com. Antique shops are related to these in the UK, run by skilled dealers frequently specialists: the antique centre as we know it hardly exists. To uncover brocante shops your search engine is a superior supply as effectively as pagesjaunes.fr. Maintain asking in hotels, facts centres and dealers you meet, they are all complete of facts about the region.
The choice to pay a visit to markets or fairs offers you a wide selection, marches hebdomaires (weekly), marches mensuels (month-to-month) or any quantity of fairs scattered all through France related to UK. These are listed beneath ‘Calendrier des Manifestations’ by division, town and form of fair. This is why that division map is so vital. Selecting which fairs to aim for depends on your targets, ‘Professionels’ are ordinarily the classic antique fair with specialist dealers or ‘Brocante’ (bric-a-brac), these two are frequently combined. Vide Greniers (empty loft) like a boot fair, but ordinarily in the street with nearby inhabitants promoting off something. Foire au Puce is a flea marketplace and may possibly be identified anyplace. Deballages Marchands is a huge show of merchandise aimed at the dealer and generally there are a single thousand or additional dealers related to Newark in the UK. These are frequently reserved for dealers, but if you have a trade card you will get in.
The majority of fairs are at the weekend but like the UK there are some throughout the week which ought to not be ignored. The huge deballages are throughout the week. Numerous fairs are held on public holidays and attract quite a few guests. Of course you may possibly make a decision to keep in Paris and pay a visit to all the brocante outlets there – quite a few are effectively advertised and renowned like St.Ouen (Clignancourt) open Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There are antique quarters like ‘Louvres de Antiquaires’, in the rue de Rivoli. There are quite a few fairs in Paris advertised in the Aladin magazine. Use your search engine to uncover antiques, brocante and puces, there is an abundance of facts. Never overlook it is additional challenging to uncover bargains in Paris since it is a Mecca for dealers worldwide.
Getting decided your route, verify the towns you will pass via and lookup antiques and brocante in pagejaunes.fr., and use the world-wide-web. Never overlook to ask at the hotel you are staying at, the tourist workplace and other dealers. Often you will learn the odd a single not on the most important routes. Beware that brocante on tourist routes can imply higher rates.
You can combine visits to the brocante/antique shops throughout the week with weekday fairs. You ought to be in a position to strategy a single or two weeks taking in quite a few fairs and shops as you want while nonetheless enjoying the ambiance. Immediately after all this you want to appear at the charges involved, fuel for the round trip, ferry if from UK/Ireland (go for mid week offers), hotels (wide variation in price but book if going in the tourist season, sleeping in the vehicle is not a superior concept if you are operating), Tolls on motorways, (these quickly mount up), vehicle insurance coverage for EU travel and do not overlook the contents. EU healthcare card (absolutely free) tends to make life much easier at hospitals and medical doctors even if you have to spend. You can get reimbursed in the UK.
The economics for the little dealer are clear, if your charges are £1000.00 and you want to sell your stock at double your obtain value you want to acquire £1000.00 to break even! You can do your personal sums on this, but recall your travel charges are fixed and it is the profit margin that will spend for the trip, as effectively as providing you some clear profit. Nonetheless the sums are straight forward, the additional you acquire, and sell at a profit the additional economical the trip will be. Never overlook you nonetheless have to sell it!
Leaving stock in the vehicle overnight is not a superior concept unless you are in safe parking (out there at some hotels), but take quite a few holdalls and boxes so you can take the stock with you at evening Yes, it is worth it! Definitely with huge things you ought to make a decision the danger.
There are other sources of brocante, antiques and the uncommon in, Trocs and a charity referred to as Emmaus scattered about the nation. Worth popping in if passing but do not make a detour. These are basically second hand shops but do frequently have the odd gem in their “smalls” division. The guidelines on purchasing are the identical as often, no harm, no repairs and ask is it genuine? I have not described auctions (enchères) which are related in most nations and there is no cause why you ought to not go to these. They are time consuming and only you can make a decision if you can match them in to your schedule. Once more Aladin lists quite a few of these. All round purchasing in France is exciting and the above facts is primarily based on my personal experiences.