On the morning the clocks went back it was bright and sunny on the Ile de Ré. Lovely weather for the last big brocante of 2015. Unlike most of the other island villages, St Martin de Ré only has two brocantes every year. One on Ascension Day, the other on the last Sunday in October. A quick update, the 2016 Brocante d’automne is coming up on Sunday October 30th. The 2017 Ascension Day Brocante de Printemps is Thursday May 25th in Saint Martin de Ré.
The whole of the main square, Place de la République, is taken over by stall holders. Some are full time traders, others are just clearing out odds and ends. What’s on sale can cost several thousand euros or just a few cents.
We visited several times during the day, coming away with some genuine vintage finds plus some home grown plants for the garden. There was even an English stall-holder who had driven over the bridge from La Rochelle. He had come from somewhere near Bergerac.
I was particularly impressed by someone’s display of vintage French childrens books.
The next brocante in St Martin de Ré will be on Thursday May 5th 2016. I’m already looking forward to it. If you want to book our house around then click here. If you want to see more about brocantes on the Ile de Ré, click here.
A quick update, the 2016 Brocante d’automne is coming up on Sunday October 30th. The 2017 Ascension Day Brocante de Printemps is Thursday May 25th in Saint Martin de Ré.