pic of brocante

The French are known for their many antique and bric à brac fairs. Nearly all towns and villages have at least one brocante or vide-grenier during the year, many during the summer, Civray has several as does Ruffec.

Bargains and even the odd gem may be found but you have to sift through many items to find them. Nevertheless it can make a very pleasant morning or afternoon, to be finished with a coffee in the local bar.

A calendar of such events can be found by clicking this link Vide-greniers (its in French, use the arrows at the bottom of the page to move through the months) and then use your browsers' back button to return to this page.

Most of these type of events are in June each year.