today’s global marketplace, most items found in
Europe can be purchased in the US. With the weakness
of the dollar against the euro, there are not many bargains.
But have no fear shoppers of the world, there are still
some must have treasures!
Already mentioned in our Markets’ section are
ceramics; lavender products; olive oils (many brands
not found in the US); soaps (scent like violet, lilac,
honeysuckle, etc, not common in the US); espadrilles;
linens; spices, jams, jellies, mustards & tapenades;
clothing & jewelry.
The most unique buys will be original paintings, antiques,
handmade jewelry & clothes and santons (not found
at the markets).
are terracotta figures originally made for Christmas scenes.
You can totally populate a crèche or purchase individuals
pieces. Varying sizes and quality of the pieces dictate
the prices of each santon. There are santon shops in Aubagne,
Aix-en-Provence and Arles. Santons can also be purchased
in many tourist shops, but there is typically a difference
in the quality of workmanship.
a town has a high tourist appeal, shops are usually
more t-shirt and souvenir. Larger towns/cities, such
as Aix-en-Provence, Nice, and Cannes have more variety
in types of shops as well as price ranges.
towns/villages that have unique, locally owned shops are
St. Remy, Gordes, Lourmarin, Moustiers (for ceramics),
St. Tropez, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Eze and Mougins. The
ceramics found in Vallarius provide many choices. If you
want an unusual item, head there. You can find the bubble
glass in goblets and sometimes pitchers in the US, occasionally
at even at discount stores. Although, you won’t
find the quality or variety of items and colors found
in Biot. Plus you bought it in Provence!