Brocante Shopping in Normandy with My French Country Home

by Sharon Santoni
Brocante finds in action (Laurence Amélie)

At My French Country Home in Normandy, we love to go antiquing. We welcome guests from all over the world, from private shoppers looking to experience real French brocantes (flea markets) and hopefully bring back a special souvenir of their holiday in France, to professionals looking for hidden gems to add a little French je-ne-sais-quoi to their boutiques.

Bedrooms decorated with brocante finds

Here is how it went for a recent client, Jeni, who came to shop for her vintage rental company in California. She was only here for 24 hours, but thanks to careful planning and her ability to make quick decisions, she managed to purchase all kinds of amazing loot!

French linens found at a brocante

On Saturday afternoon I introduced her to my favorite brocante stores. Each store has its own particular style and our van started filling up pretty fast…

She loved all the stores I took her to. I made sure to include a diversity of options in our itinerary, from Christelle’s oh-so-chic boutique, to Laurent’s packed antique shop, where she found two beautiful desks… Without forgetting Jacky’s Aladdin-esque, bursting-at-the-seams, cove of treasures.

My French Country Home (Erica Berman)

Home for supper and a good night’s sleep in our guest cottage…

Sunday morning we showed up at the first fair before dawn and started our browsing by flashlight. When the sun rose, it revealed a beautiful view.

Here Jeni lucked out again with a few more treasure, including a mannequin with which she fell madly in love, a selection of charming vintage chairs and some stunning linen baskets.

I always try to take my guests to shop in beautiful surroundings! It’s so much more fun! Then home to unpack and repack and list and count and sigh and enjoy ….

If you’d like to try your hand at a brocante spree or if you are just looking for a day out from Paris to soak in some French country atmosphere and take home something special, you are welcome to contact Sharon Santoni at My French Country Home.

And if you prefer the idea of visiting for a few days, there is a small group tour planned for the first week of September, with accommodation in a local château and a busy and varied 4 day program…

Entrance to My French Country Home and Cottage (Erica Berman)

Related links:

  • Sharon rents a lovely cottage right in the heart of Normandy and amazing brocanting.
  • Brocante and antique adventures abound with Antiques Diva
  • Tongue in Cheek … brocanting and living in Provence with Corey Amaro
  • Gorgeous interiors, vintage finds, and often French inspired design with Greige design

Written by Sharon Santoni for the HiP Paris Blog. All images by Sharon Santoni, except when otherwise noted. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Sharon Santoni

Sharon Santoni is a British expat that has lived and raised a family in France for over 30 years. In 2010, she began her blog - My French Country Home - to share the charms and comforts of authentic French country living. To her surprise, she gained a sizable and loyal following, and now, a decade later, she runs an international, multi-faceted company that includes a luxury subscription box service, an elevated French touring business and a bimonthly magazine. Sharon also regularly appears as a public speaker and has penned two popular books - My Stylish French Girlfriends and My French Country Home: Entertaining Through the Seasons. View Sharon Santoni's Website

14 comments on “Brocante Shopping in Normandy with My French Country Home

Simply amazing !

Erin - HiP Paris

Thank you, all! What better than finding homey treasures in a beautiful place? We could spend all day perusing!

Beautiful! I love those 2 pictures at the beginning, especially the kitty! And the pictures of the house with all the greenery remind of me of the house in Provins I just visited last weekend:


Oh I am so jealous!!! It is the je ne sais quoi that I am looking for?? I think I may need to visit 🙂

Oh I love MFCH blog. One of my regular favs. Great to see more gorgeous photos here!

Lovely article – has me positively longing to go brocante-ing! Here in Pas-de-Calais we have many brochantes, vide greniers, braderies, marche au puces etc but I’ve never seen any that look quite as lovely as in your photos – I will look harder!

I have to say that brocante in the Vendee is a very different animal, It looks like your on a film set:)

Anien van Coller

Hello Sharon
I am from South Africa and I would love to join your September. My husband will be working in Paris by then and I want to know if it is possible to join your tour by day but at the evenings I want to return to him. Is it possible to do it that way (I can come with my own transpost to join you).
Thank you very much

sharon - my french country home

Thank you Erica for featuring my brocante tours on HIP – I am honoured! What I really love about shopping with clients is that everyone has so much fun, AND they get to go home with their treasure! Win Win!

My freind and I are actually booked in to stay with Sharon later in the year and we’re really looking forward to it! Especially now after reading this post. Leigh

We had a lovely stay a couple of years ago and can’t wait to return. Beautiful people in a beautiful place and tons of great brocanting….

Heather in Arles

Sharon is one of the “true blues” of the blog world, someone who delivers what she believes in 100% while not making her readers feel lost if they can’t come over and partake directly of her fine eye. I actually found her blog while researching a trip to Normandy that didn’t work out–but how I hope it will one day!

Christina @greige

I stayed and shopped with Sharon this time last year and I am anixiously awaiting a return trip. She is amazing as is Normandy and I cannot say enough about all of the fabulous finds!


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