Lille flea market
“La Braderie de Lille” (Lille flea market) is famous all around Europe. More than 2 millions goers, 10 000 sellers on 62 miles market stands… It’s a huge flea market that lasts 3 days (friday to sunday) during the first weekend of september.
People come from all Europe to sell and to buy : UK, Belgium, Germany, Netherland, Spain, Luxemburg, etc. There are antique dealers and storekeepers, but also people from Lille who sell their belongings.
You can find anything and everything in the Braderie. Here are some photos (click to enlarge) :
Things to do on Lille flea market :
Walk among miles and miles of “stuffs”
La Braderie de Lille is the biggest flea market in Europe. Knicknacks, trinkets, antiques, books, craft, treasures unearthed in attics…, opportunities abound to find that special something.
But you’ll have to walk, so wear good comfy shoes (and an umbrella…)
Run the half-marathon… or watch it
It is recognized as the “fastest” half-marathon in France. The (very good) runners begin at 8:30 on Boulevard de la Liberté, followed by the “sunday runners” at 10:45 for a 10km race. Their arrival point out the official launch of the Braderie. (unofficialy, the flea market begin as soon as friday evening).
Enjoy a nice “moule frite” dish
It is a tradition in Lille flea market. The restaurant “Aux Moules” on rue de Béthune pour mussel shells in the street, growing a massive pile as people empty their plates.
Have fun in “la foire aux manèges”
Since 1845, Lille merry-go-round is located on le Champ de Mars from the end of august until the end of september. 180 fairgrounds attractions welcome children and adults, as well as sweet – waffle – cotton candy sellers.
Find the most useless object
A successful Braderie means coming home with a scuba helmet, a witch statue or a stuffed animal head 😉 No, of course, you can find a beautiful and useful object, but then you have to wake up early. The real bargain are made at 6 in the morning.
Haggle without beeing fooled
Negotiation skill is an art. Don’t be afraid to cheapen because some items can be quite pricy… for no reason. Let’s be honest : some sellers will try to “fool the tourist”. Don’t make it easy for them. Best way to negociate ? Talk of this and that with a nice smile, before asking for a price. Ask for “the best price” : “Quel est votre meilleur prix ?”. And then try to obtain an even better and lower price. Don’t be too greedy or your attempt will be perceived as a lack of respect.
The good deals are made at the end of the day : the sellers don’t want to come back home with unsolved items.