Vide Greniers (translated as “empty your attic”) are much more than an English car boot sale. The whole village closes its streets and there are dozens, sometimes hundreds, of stalls selling bric a brac, clothes and food.
It is a whole day affair with many stalls selling huge Normandy sausages and plenty of tents selling beer and cider. The day frequently ends with a barbecue, dancing and even fireworks!
Vide Greniers happen every weekend during the Summer and details of many local markets are listed below.
There are also many local markets and extra ones by the sea in the summer:
Gavray: “Foire betail” or calf market on the 1st Thursday of every month. Regional food market every Wednesday, pannier market on Saturday – vide grenier on the 14th August
Brehal: Street market held every Tuesday and Sunday with lots of local produce
Roncey: Village market held every Friday – vide grenier on 20th September
Villedieu-les-Poeles: Large street market every Tuesday – vide grenier on 7th September
Cerences: Small village market every Thursday
Coutances: Street market held around the Cathedral every Thursday. Vide greniers on 2nd August and 28 September, book sales on 4 and 11th October
Hambye: Small village market every Tuesday & Friday
Agon-Coutainville: Market every Saturday – brocantes (flea markets) on 15 & 31 August and 28 September, vide grenier on 17 August
Granville: Seaside town with weekly Wednesday markets, brocantes on 7 August & 21 September, book market on 12 August, foire aux Melons and vide grenier 24 August
Saint-Pair-sur-Mer: Attractive seaside town south of Granville with Thursday markets
Montmartin-sur-Mer: Regional specialist food market held every Wednesday. Brocante and vide grenier on 10 August
Percy: Weekly Saturday market
Quettreville-sur-Sienne: Weekly specialist food market held every Saturday
Saint-Lo: Saturday weekly market and antique and flea markets every 4th Sunday of the month (vide greniers 15 August & 14 & 15 September, brocante 28 September)
Regeneville-sur-Mer: Book fair 2 & 3 August, vide grenier 15 August