Antiques: Hôtel Drouot

When the shops on the Rive Gauche appear quiet and ungodly expensive, you’ll know it’s time to head to the auction house, Drouot, situated on the right bank where so many trophies are bought and sold. Hôtel Drouot, founded in 1857, is the world’s oldest auction...

Flea Markets: Villeneuve-les-Avignon

There are few settings as dramatic and glorious for a flea market as the one on place Charles David in the sleepy town of Villeneuve-les-Avignon. Perched high above the square (more rectangle), you can see the ruins of a papal palace and to the immediate east, the...

Favorite Frenchies: Sebastien

One of my favorite and more eccentric pickers is Sebastien Verger, 44, who lives in the Ardèche, high above the Rhône near the town of Privas. I met Sebastien about six years ago at the Sunday flea market in Carpentras. We’ve been friends ever since Sebastien is an...