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La Grande Braderie de Lille

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THANDACREATIONS
Sutton, UK78 contributions
Couples
Having been at Uni in Lille, I know the town very well and I have been to a few Braderie in the past. It is still great fun but the commercial side has changed as we see more and more pro sellers than "car boot sale" people emptying their attics, which means prices are higher.
Still it's a great town, and walking along the canal while browsing at antiques is a must. You can still find great buys, I got 4 french flags dated from the WW2, still with the metal pointy french embossed RF at the top for €2...just arm yourself with a lot of patience and go for it!
What I love about it, is the party atmosphere in the streets, especially in the "Vieux Lille" quarter, students mixing mojitos in their flats above the market and selling them in the streets for €3 with great music blasting out of the windows, restaurants selling the famous Moules-Frites and making a mount outside with the shells as a competition with other restaurants, or the bands popping up in every corner and playing music until the early hours. Lille does not stop for 2 days; it's one of the best street party you will ever go to.
It's a great mixture of students, middle age and retired people, all walking the streets and enjoying the party.
This year was the 1st time they had to stop the Braderie because of the strong winds and torrential rain, so it closed at about 11pm on the Saturday night until the next morning, it wasn't great for the sellers and street parties, but the party mood was still very present in the main train station where we took cover and 100's of people started singing and dancing. Although we were soaked like never before (I litterally have never seen so much rain in so little time), it was an unforgettable moment.
Go, you won't regret it! but book your hotel long in advance as they get full quickly and very expensive indeed.
Written September 26, 2011
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usedtogetlost
Rouen, France6 contributions
the best is to park close to the lines of the metro, out of the city center (parkings Porte des Postes, Porte d’Arras et Porte de Valenciennes, Saint-Philibert, Cité Scientifique et 4 Cantons ) because driving downtown is not allowed that weekend. For 4,70 € you buy a Pass' braderie, a ticket that you can use as many times as you want during the weekend. You exit the metro lines between Gare Lille Flandres and Porte des Postes, where the busiest sections are located. then you start to walk to find whatever you want to buy, the best are the small streets where the non-professional sellers are located. There are sellers from all over Europe, and many speak English. Take it easy, rest frequently and stop from time to time to get a beer and to use the toilets in the restaurants, which are not very clean, but still cleaner than the toilets in the street. It can get very hot that weekend, check the weather report. Don't forget to bring a flashlight because the Braderie continues overnight and you can still buy things late at night.
If you are obsessed about some collection stuff that you really want to get, you can start exploring on Saturday morning, but the sales start at 2 in the afternoon on that day.
The serious sellers arrive about two weeks in advance in mobile homes and park on their favorite spot (now the can also reserve at the city hall), but if you want to sell only a few things, you will always find a spot where to spread your merchandise.
I have to say that it used to be more like a flea market and it is being slowly invaded by sellers of new, low quality and ethnic stuff, but this kind of sellers are mostly located in the big boulevards.
The furniture and decoration stuff is located mostly along the Deule Canal, on la Façade de l’Esplanade.
The antique section is the boulevard Jean-Baptiste Lebas.
Between la Porte de Roubaix and l’Opéra, are located a number of professional antique sellers coming from the UK.
Around Wazemmes there is a marvelous market every weekend and that weekend is especially nice.
Eat Moules-frites and drink plenty of Flanders beer.
Written August 29, 2010
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Lydia S
Carmarthen, UK7 contributions
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We have just returned from our 12th yearly trip to the Braderie in Lille.Usually on the 1st weekend of September it is an amazing experience.However like all large attractions it is best to take advice before you go.Stay away from the main streets, these are more markets.Wander around the quieter back streets where individual sellers are, these are genuine not professional.Most French people understand English but take a pad and pen to barter prices.We bought Lalique and Etling glass in these back streets for a fraction of the cost.Wonderful time ,roll on next year.Lots of walking but plenty of pit stops/bars.
Written September 6, 2013
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UkLucycat
UK26 contributions
Being an antique collector this was a much looked forward to visit of the Lille Braderie. What a disappointment. The majority of the goods were on a par with the rubbish to be found in cheap pound shops and even the 'antiques' were of poor quality.

And as for the town itself Old Lille is very pretty but on the second day a clothes peg for one's nose is a must as the stink from the filthy, litter strewn streets is disgusting.

I suspect the Braderie has enjoyed better times but I would absolutely not recommend this annual event to anyone.
Written September 6, 2010
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Phileas_Flogg
Oxford, UK321 contributions
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The reputation of this braderie is way beyond its merit. True, Lille is taken over by miles and miles of stalls and there is a very wide variety of old items on sale but the cliché that you can find anything here is completely untrue unless you are looking for a thousand varieties of tat.

Much of the periphery is taken over by cheap clothes/bags/belt stalls. In the centre, particularly the old town, much space is monopolized by shops simply displaying their wares al fresco. The vast majority of dealers selling 'old stuff' appear to be generalists so if you are a collector of, say, prints or kitchenalia or, in my case, Art Deco, you will find very few stalls devoted to your interest..... tho I do recall one stand devoted to miner's lamps! Equally prevalent is 'junk' as opposed to properly curated collectables. By this, I mean, too many stallholders chancing their arms that something they found in a skip and couldn't be bothered to polish, strip or clean has some value.

Though we spent the best part of a Saturday and, according to our pedometer, walked 14km trying to find something of interest, we ended up simply bored and tired and decidedly empty-handed. Add to this that you will need to park at the extremes of the city and the old town is intensely crowded, if you are truly interested in finding gallic treasure then try Saint Ouen in Paris but don't for one moment devote a weekend to this flea market with pretentions to be an antique fair as quantity clearly triumphs over quality.
Written January 20, 2014
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kroothoep
London34 contributions
Solo
Reading the latest Braderie reviews I was disappointed for the lady who went on a day's coach trip and found only commercial tat. While there certainly is an element of that in the Braderie weekend, I assume someone with limited time and knowledge of Lille would have spent most of her time in the town centre, where the "commercants" have their stalls. Wander a little further towards the Quai area, and you pass through streets of "vide grenier" families, selling a variety of genuine wares. Go a little further and you will find the "antiquaires", some expensive, some less so, selling vintage French domestic and decorative items. The Braderie is not for those with limited time - the crowds alone mean progress can be slow. I prefer to travel to Lille on the Friday, when the town is quiet and "normal", do a little window shopping on Friday evening as traders set up their stalls, make an early start on Saturday for the best bargains, and wind down with a cold Leffe as the crowds build up later in the day.
Written September 4, 2012
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Kathy-Leeds
Leeds, UK19 contributions
Couples
We have been coming here via Eurostar for the past 8 years and love it the atmosphere is fab. But due to it being cancelled in 2016 thought we would come by a coach company in 2017 in case it got cancelled again at least we would get our money back. We stayed at the Mercure Lille Airport hotel. Lovely place but the bar prices were ridiculous. After a 12 hour journey on the coach sat near the back which was fine until coach picked up these three horrible people who talked over each other and eating all the way, we needed a drink by the time we got there, 19 euros for two pints lager !

This time we will be staying in an apartment in the centre. The supermarkets are quite cheap and Carrefour shopping mall near Euralille is massive and worth a visit. The security was excellent more police were around searches done at certain points. The fair they have is good too with loads of stalls in surrounding area.
Written May 15, 2018
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Julie M
Sheffield, UK4 contributions
Couples
Having visited the Brocante in Lille since 2000 and being disappointed last year at its cancellation we were looking forward to this year. We were very disappointed. None of the vendors with the large furniture were there, it was virtually empty when we arrived and normally it is full of hustle and bustle early mornings. It did get somewhat busier around lunchtime. There were a lot of stalls missing that are usually there. We heard virtually no Americans and they usually come in their droves. We certainly won't be going again in the future which is sad as we have gone every year for 15 years and never ever been disappointed. Normally we are walking for around 11 hours and often don't get to see everything. This year we walked for 6 hours and visited all the streets twice. Sadly I wouldn't recommend this anymore. Its a shame.
Written September 25, 2017
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better_beer
Brussels, Belgium106 contributions
Couples
A good day's outing on the whole though I do wish the spouse had agreed to train instead of drive in. Expect it to take nearly all day to see it all at a semi-leisurely pace. Very limited toilets aside from bars and restaurants generally. Not really pet friendly due to size of the crowd.

A pleasent atmosphere and a nice French City - over run with people as expected. Most of the actual day to day merchants had good sales going as closeouts and I suspect some chains take full advantage of haing a store in Lille just to do that.

A great deal of look alike items however so be careful.

For the rest of it, there were some decent enough antiques but, there was FAR more well... junk to be had. And, what there was tends to be a steeper price than were you to look at various second hand stores, other similar (smaller) events. At the end of it all, we saw so many "merchants" refusing offers of products on offer and then destroying them. What a waste especially when at other similar events they do not charge so dearly as they were in Lille for the same stuff.

Checked off the list of stuff to see/do.
Written September 2, 2013
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Francophile004
Bournemouth UK10 contributions
Solo
You will find the most amazing things you never knew existed. However, avoid main roads in the centre on Saturday afternoon if you can't stand crowds. Don't wear your best clothes or smart shoes. There are no taxis into town to or from the station because the roads are closed. Be prepared to walk some distance along uneven cobbled streets. The locals are very friendly and the Braderie is unforgettable.
Written December 6, 2013
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