French markets are a way of life in France. Fresh produce, handmade items and freshly cooked food is usually on offer at most markets. Specific furniture, book, antique and brocante markets are also very popular with many of these markets attracting lots of visitors. To be honest there can also be mass produced inferior quality bags and shoes at some markets but these few stalls are usually outnumbered by the abundant number of quality fresh fruit, vegetable and seafood stalls.
At a local market last weekend I came across a lace seller who has been selling curtains and tablecloth linens for twenty years and after looking through nearly a hundred curtain options I settled on a thick silk panelled curtain sold by the metre.