Oakland Collectibles is an expanding Stalbridge family company specialising in authentic French vintage Collectibles sourced in the brocantes and markets of France.
Welcome to our French-style, Brocante where you will find our extensive range of many fascinating French vintage collectibles and curios.
The Brocante is located at Spire Hill, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2SG.
Oakland Collectibles strive to make your visit interesting so please give us a visit.
Brocantes, or sometimes called braderies in France are a way of life and a national passion. The flea markets, second hand markets and car boot sales are very popular in France especially in the summer and before Christmas, in fact, that’s an understatement – it seems to be the national pastime to spend weekends visiting the different types of second hand markets.
It isn’t just at a weekend though, you can find various second hand markets going on during the week as well and Bastille Day (14 July) is always a popular day for a brocante, braderie, Vide Grenier or Marché au puces.
Also very popular in France are the second hand shops, also called Brocantes which you can also find in the form of big– every day of the week – the Depôts Ventes and the Trocs.
The French are a nation of recyclers and guardians of things – they hate to throw something away if it can serve a useful or attractive purpose and this is what drives their love of second hand markets and shops as well as the love of a great bargain!
Going to a brocante or other second hand market gives you an opportunity to pick up some really wonderful or unusual items that you simply won’t see in the shops. You can often find food tents offering the usual burgers or hotdogs and chips, sometimes regional specialities but the happy atmosphere makes up for the lack of gourmet fare!
Oakland Collectibles can save you the time and expense of trips to France, call in at our brocante in Dorset. If we haven’t got it in stock we can shortly source it for you.