Provence is a paradise of flea markets, the capital of which is the town of L’Isle sur la Sorgue just next to Bastide de Marie. And many markets and other curiosities can be found on the main squares of neighbouring villages under the century-old plane trees at the weekends.
« When decorating our hotels, I always base the aesthetic on gems I have found at flea markets, » says Jocelyne Sibuet. « I then combine them with more contemporary pieces, while always retaining the codes of the region in which we are established. » Decorating a place is also about telling its story. And where better to find the pieces of this fairy-tale puzzle than regional markets ?
L’Isle sur la Sorgue is a paradise of flea markets, with vast lofts and enormous abandoned industrial buildings offering a playground for antiques dealers, while market stallholders set up shop in the open-air interior courtyards. In the villages of Provence, flea markets are held every weekend. These should not be confused with car boot sales (or garage sales in the U.S), where everyone presents their treasures outside their houses. While these events are beautiful to see, it is difficult to unearth a rare gem (unless you arrive at 7 a.m.!). Provençal flea markets often offer high-quality pieces, and professional stallholders are proud to showcase Provençal heritage. Expect vintage embroidered quilts, pottery, glazed earthenware bowls and jungs, curious pieces of tableware such as perforated serving dishes for draining fresh goat cheese, 1950s Vallauris crockery, and organic linen and hemp fabrics from convents with initials embroidered in red thread. These charming, Prévert-esque collections will delight all those looking for that rare, unique find while staying at Bastide.