Montsoreau Flea Market
The Montsoreau Flea Market is the largest flea market in the Loire Valley, taking place all year the second Sunday of the month. Montsoreau is a small city named after the mount Soreau on which is built the famous château de Montsoreau, the only château of the Loire Valley to have been built in the Loire riverbed. Montsoreau is listed among the most beautiful villages of France, and both the village and the château are part of the UNESCO listed world heritage site of the Loire valley. The Montsoreau Flea Market includes all year, a hundred professional merchants and is located in the vieux port district, on the banks of the Loire river.
|Montsoreau Flea Market|
Les Puces de Montsoreau
|Dates||Every second sundays|
|Location(s)||Montsoreau, Maine-et-Loire, France|
|Inaugurated||April 8, 1990|
|Founder||Montsoreau City Council|
|Area||5 acres (2.0 ha)|
Montsoreau is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Loire Valley, and is also listed among the Most Beautiful Villages of France. The flea market of Montsoreau was created in April 1990 by the municipality of Montsoreau in order to develop the commerce and tourism of this small city, and to take full advantage of the city scenery. The city of Montsoreau relied on a local network of antique dealers to define the periodicity (once a month, the second Sunday), and the identity of the event. The market organization relies still today on the antique dealers and elected of the village, one of its characteristics is to summon the second-hand dealers and antique dealers at 5.30 am the morning of the event, and to draw lots available locations on the vieux port docks.
France-Europe Antiques Quality LabelEdit
The Montsoreau flea market has received in 2006 the France-Europe Antiques Quality Label, and is one of the 52 events labeled in Europe. This label is issued by the SNCAO-GA (National Trade Union of Antiquity, Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries) and deposited at the INPI (National Institute of Intellectual Property) ) and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in Geneva.
The event benefited from its image of authenticity of the goods, its direct environment of the Loire Valley landscapes, as well as the notoriety of its château to ensure immediately, since the 90s, attendance of 4000 visitors per event. In 2011, attendance stabilizes between 6,000 and 10,000 visitors per event, to today regularly exceed 10,000 visitors.
Le plus des pucesEdit
Twenty arts and crafts professionals gathered to offer their services during the Montsoreau flea market. These professionals are able to restore objects sold by antique dealers, but also to offer their creations or custom projects. They affect all areas dedicated to arts and crafts, and are specialized in restoration, interior design, or decoration.
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