From 5am on Sunday October 7th the center of Amiens fills up with over 500 professional antique sellers, bric-a-brac merchants and private people wanting to get rid of their family treasures (or family tat), from all over Europe. It's slightly smaller than the great bash in Lille in September, but much easier for the amateur and first-timer to negotiate. Over 80,000 buyers flock to the pretty and underrated city of Amiens in Picardy for the event. Centered on the Rue du Marché Lanselles, the rederie lasts until 6.30pm (when many retire to the restaurants either to celebrate their acquisition or to spend the profits of the day).
Amiens is easy to reach from Paris by train. Intercity trains leave Paris Gare du Nord station regularly and take from 1hr 09 minutes to central Amiens, depending on the train.