There are villages where china and flea markets are legion. This is the case for the charming village of antique dealers , La Chartre-sur-le-Loir . Here, there hovers in the atmosphere a flavor of yesteryear, a touch of nostalgia and vintage spirits. Let’s stroll to meet these enthusiasts of old objects!

The art of antiquing in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir

The flea market is the second leisure activity practiced in France. Moreover, for those who love art and antiquities, La Chartre-sur-le-Loir is an undeniable paradise for bargain hunters. Come and discover these poetic and varied collections and take the time to contemplate and unearth real treasures in the idyllic setting of this village built on the hillside and crossed by the Loir. It is about fifteen shops that have stopped time to make the reputation of this city. Each second-hand dealer in Sarthe has his style, his specialty, his universe, all are salvagers of objects belonging to a vanished era.

Between second-hand dealers, antique dealers and designers

The first to set up shop in the village, the Armel Labbe Antiquities shop welcomes lovers of 19th century furniture. His shop hides a curious bric-a-brac in the backyard.

The vintage specialist, Benoît Cochard , revamps and brings up to date objects from the 1930s to the 1980s, which have survived the frenetic pace of this part of the 20th century  .

Grégoire Courtin offers to see an authentic cabinet of curiosities with staged windows that have nothing to envy to Parisian windows. He accumulates all the objects that touch him, from plaster busts to fossilized shells and collector cars.

Other antique shops are of course to be explored, as are those of craftsmen and designers. Notice to amateurs!

Hunt on time

This village of antique dealers is perfect for antiquing on a beautiful sunny day and finding your decor that will look like no other. Very popular with enthusiasts, the shops are mostly open on weekends or during special events. Do not hesitate to find out about the opening hours before going there.