Le Perche Antiques

Brocantes and Antique Shops of the Perche

UPDATE: See also our recent article on a nearby Antique and Architectural Salvage Yard

Do you like digging and scratting around second-hand shops, antique shops or boot sales for little treasures and bargains?  If so, the Perche region is made for you!

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The Perche towns and villages are thick with antique and second-hand shops (“brocantes”), and every village has an annual attic clearance day (“vide grenier”) when the locals set up stalls in the village square to sell off their unwanted household objects.  There is an awful lot of rubbish at vide-greniers but occasionally you might unearth a bargain! For information on those see http://vide-greniers.org/ .

The Perche region was home to wealthy landowners in medieval times and they built quality residences with furniture to match – its myriad manor houses bear testimony to these past riches.  There have always been good antique shops selling desirable old wooden armoires and buffets with price tags to match, but more recently the antique and second-hand shops of the region have expanded their repertoires to cater for those with somewhat smaller budgets.  Nowadays many of them them sell not only antiques but also reproduction pieces, original art and decorative knick-knacks to decorate everyone’s home and garden in style.

In addition to its ten permanent “antiquaires” the town of Bellême also has an antiques market each weekend which attracts quite a crowd; Mortagne-au-Perche boasts 15 antique and second-hand shops; Nogent-le-Rotrou has another dozen.  And that is just a start – you’ll find brocantes and antique shops in many little villages besides.

There is also a major “Salon d’Antiquités et Brocantes” in Alençon every autumn – this year it is 25 to 27 October 2013.  There are also “professionals only” trade fairs at Le Mans every month http://www.deballagelemans.com/  which UK dealers can attend on presentation of a business card.

Below you’ll find a list of some of the brocantes near to us and a map showing their exact locations.

Manoir de l'Ormarin
Manoir de l’Ormarin

Here’s just a selection which featured recently in the magazine “Arts et Déco” for June 2012.  Most are open Saturdays and Sundays and a tour of the brocante and antique shops is ideal if the weather is inclement!

Ici d’Ailleurs
11 rue Sainte-Croix
61400 Mortagne-au-Perche
02 33 83 70 77
Stéphanie Mayeux
50 rue des Déportées
61400 Mortagne-au-Perche
06 82 39 79 33
Le Grand Cerf
29 rue Sainte-Croix
61400 Mortagne-au-Perche
06 08 56 71 81
Village de Brocante du Val d’Huisne
Route du Mans
28400 Nogent-le-Rotrou
06 86 93 10 15
MMXI
12 rue Boucicaut
61130 Bellême
06 81 25 61 78
Cyrille Fassier
20 Place de l’Hôtel de Ville
61290 Longny-au-Perche
02 33 73 56 21 – 06 76 90 61 48
Les Broc’Hanteuses
22 rue Boucicaut
61130 Bellême
02 33 83 03 22
Manoir de Lormarin
61340 Nocé
http://www.manoirdelormarin.fr
02 33 25 41 89
La Maison Fassier
21 rue Ville Close
61130 Bellême
http://www.lamaisonfassier.fr
06 07 34 36 72
La Brocante du Breuil
Le Breuil, route de Bonsmoulins
61380 Moulins-la-Marche
http://www.lebreuil.pro
06 50 77 25 62

Of course, there are many, many more – these are just a few selected by the magazine.  We would add to the list:

Les Brocs du Relais d’Avezé
La Ganche
72400 Avezé

06 79 84 53 65

 

La Maison d’Horbé
La Grande Place
61360 La Perriere

02 33 25 95 44

L’Indiscret
8, rue Basse
28330 Authon du Perche
06 11 21 25 13

Ferme de La Touche
40, rue de la Touche
28400 Nogent-le-Rotrou
02 37 52 23 05

Adjoining the Perche and near us you’ll find several other

Pick and choose just a few of these antique shops and brocantes – you’ll find plenty of others along the route to and from La Basse Cour B&B!

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3 thoughts on “Le Perche Antiques

  1. Do you know of any vide greniers etc week of 22nd to 27th July we are staying in La Perriere? Many thanks Bernie

    1. Best ask whoever you’re staying with at La Perrière – they should know what’s happening locally. There’s one near us at Bourg-le-Roi coming up on 22nd July. There’s another one near us at Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei but it’s Sunday the 29th July.

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