Last week I was whisked off on a little treasure trip by my lovely hubby...
....across the Channel to
Lille in France
The Braderie de Lille
(Europe's biggest Flea market)
The pavements throughout Lille, were lined with people selling antiques, ornaments, furniture, books, records, and old junk of every description!
The Braderie de Lille is Europe’s largest flea market, For one weekend every September, Lille is closed to traffic completely as vendors of all trades and types line the streets with stalls.
..between one and two million visitors stroll up and down the ancient city streets during the two day event in search of a bargain or two.
I found that there were a lot more modern stalls selling mass-produced items, than I expected (which I wasn't interested in)
...but we found by exploring the smaller back roads and staying off the main boulevards, that's where found all the flea market finds :)
Old Printers trays were everywhere!
Rust and Ruin
...Oh, I wanted to fill my case with lots...
....but, sadly.... all the things I fell in love with... were either too big and heavy to haul all the way home on the Eurostar ....or out of my price range.
We walked and browsed and walked and browsed more....
....and I don't think we managed to see the whole of the market!
Most of the antique furniture and other larger pieces were at the Façade de l'Esplanade, where you can hunt out junk while taking a stroll along Lille's ancient canal.
I loved these trio of prams!
The tradition of enjoying a dish of Moules & Frites
(Mussels and chips)
was in fall swing!
Lots of vintage Typewriters, cameras and suitcases...
and last but not least....here are the little treasures that made there way back home with me....
We had a awesome time
I was in my element amongst all that lovely Junk!
They do say that another's mans Junk is another mans treasure!!
Thanks for Peeking