Antiques and flea markets: zoom on the town of l’Isle sur la Sorgue

With the strong return of retro style in interior design, garage sales, antique dealers and flea markets are in great demand. L'Isle sur la Sorgue is the ideal place to find what you need. Situated in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, it is a French commune in the Vaucluse department. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is the capital of antiquity.

The history of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

The third largest antiques market in Europe, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is internationally renowned. It is the Légier family that is at the origin of this trade. René Légier and Albert Gassier are the creators of the first antique fair of this place. After attending an exhibition at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, they decided to organise the fair with their wives. On 15 August 1966, the day of the first fair, fourteen exhibitors took part. It was about objects and furniture. Since then, a great economic change has meant that the other professions: peasants, paper-makers and fishermen have disappeared over time. Isle sur la Sorgue antiques have been around for more than forty years. It is a profession that has been passed down from generation to generation.

The popularity of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Every year, the weekend of 15 August is set aside to celebrate this fair. Hundreds of professional exhibitors from all over the world participate. In addition, the antique shops Isle sur la Sorgue already on site also ensure the reputation of the town. After Paris and London, it is the third antique town where you will also find art and decoration galleries. The Easter weekend is also a day to celebrate this fair.

Exhibition areas during the antique fairs

The flea market of Isle sur la Sorgue is therefore celebrated twice a year. There are four areas of exhibition during the event. Firstly, there is the decoration, antiques and flea market. This is the basis of the fair which brings together the two hundred exhibitors from France and other countries as well as Isle sur la Sorgue antique shops and galleries. Then there are the antique books for lovers of reading and books. It is not only the old works, but also the recent ones that are on display. There is also decoration and design for lovers of antiques from the 70s and 80s. And finally, it is the field of contemporary art. The fair is no longer limited to antiques, but also welcomes young artists.
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