Thrifting: Braderie Lille

Visiting the Braderie in Lille was always high on my thrifters-to-do list. However, I never got around to visiting. But when my sister proposed to go there, I didn’t hesitate a minute. Let’s do it! After our successful Ghent adventure we could go for another thrift weekend. So we went to Lille (France), which has the biggest flea market of Europe. 100 km with stuff, oh yeah!

lille vintage treasures

We went there by car, which was perfectly fine. We stayed in the Hotel Mercure Lille Metropole, from where we could take the tram (a 1 minute walk) to the city centre. You are able to buy a ‘Braderie Pass’ which gives you acces to the public transport for the whole weekend.

braderie lille thrifting

First of all, there was the marathon. This is a bit annoying since the main roads in the city centre are blocked. It will end around Saturday 14.00.

There are a lot of neighborhoods with different stuff that they sell. Our favorite place was around the citadel. This area is called Façade de l’Esplanade. There we found most of our treasures. Boulevard Jean-Baptiste Lebas is also nice, but a bit more expensive. In there area you will mosty find ‘real’ antiquarians.

map lille

trumpet braderie lille europe thrifting in lille   holly hobbie lille pins lille

We had lunch at Brasserie Lille Opera which had lovely food and was a perfect spot to relax after walking around 10 km of flea market….

dineren in lille brasserie opera   bouillion kub braderie lille

And of course…. My thrift finds!

vintage small images

Some old pictures… From cars to flowers. And some large birds!

vintage bird pictures

vintage B stamp

A ‘B’ stamp

vintage plant brooch

And of course, brooches! I really loved all the brooches I found. I must say, my sister is an excellent brooch-hunter. When I was rummiging through baskets with rubbish, she already spotted the good stuff and found me some awesome brooches.

vintage brooches


And last but not least, a Mapsj! Very funny though that I found a Dutch chart in France… :-)


3 thoughts on “Thrifting: Braderie Lille

    1. Wat mij betreft wel hoor, het is fantastisch. Maar wel erg vermoeiend! We hebben serieus per dag meer dan 10 km gelopen. Herman maar mee dus ;-)

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