Last week end my husband and I went on a short getaway to Lille, France. Every year at first week end in September there is Braderie (flea market) in Lille. It is said to be European biggest flea market.
The flea market offers 100 km of stalls spread in the city center. Both professional antiquaires and private sellers participate in this tradition which dated from the 12th century. Private sellers are those who tidied up their house and sell the stuffs they don’t want to keep.
I took all pictures with my iPhone as I expected the Braderie to be really crowded. I was right. It was packed with public. Glad I deliberately left my LSR at home so I didn’t have to drag it along with me.
These are pictures I captured, unedited.
Military stufs; jackets, uniforms, helmets.
One of the reasons I wanted to visit this braderie was to buy vintage kitchen things such as cutlery, bowls, China as props for my food pics. These are the darlings.
In this braderie, there is almost no fixed price. Visitors can haggle with the seller. Unfortunately after trying to bargain in 5 minutes, the seller hold on his price, €10,- more than my budget for this kitchen scale.
Another tradition of Braderie de Lille is eating Mussels with French Fries. I followed the tradition and ate a portion. Unfortunaly it was served in a plastic container, not in that beautiful deep Mussels pan, so I am sorry I made no pic of it. Plastic container is ugly. Instead I captured other delicacies.
Exotic food and drink are available at Boulevard Victor Hugo. Migrants from French colony in Africa offer visitors the taste of their culinary heritage there. This man prepares a glass of Moroccan mint tea for me. The tea is according to the Moroccan custom, super sweet.
If you like to endlessly stroll around, wandering and admiring vintage amidst thousands other visitors then this Braderie is for you. When you are not into crowded places, don’t go there. Otherwise you’d go crazy after 10 minutes. I don’t even know if I want to come back next year either. I feel I have seen enough vintage for now.