Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Braderie de Lille 2014

Friday. We arrive. Braderie de Lille! I love this so so much! It's similar to King's Day in Holland, but without the drunks. This year we took Friday off and headed down by train with the Grub. Prepared for our shopping spree we had an extra empty suitcase and just a change of undies and t-shirts! Oh, and a tonne of crap for the baby. First things first, we checked into out hotel and made a bee line for the canal. It's one of my favourite places of the Braderie. Walking down the tree-lined canal people are already set up and selling on Friday. We wandered down and spied lots of beautiful vintage pieces. Rocking horses seemed to be very popular this year. We saw loads! If only we'd had a way to carry one home...
Other top items; 50s kids drum kit. And pinball machine.
Lovely old cashier and 'roo.
Fantastic mid century tuck. But, THE item of the weekend had to be this –
An incredible mid-century spaceship penny arcade ride in working order. OMG. We actually thought about it. Though it was huge. And expensive, but I think actually worth it... for €1,000 this beauty could have been yours. But not ours. Our heads over ruled our hearts and we sadly walked away...
Other delights included some of the usual suspects; old school posters.
I saw two fab tee-pees. But they were expensive and I knew Oscar would suck the decades of dust our of them so passed.
More lovely horses.
Beautiful ornate heaters.
And some pictures of the streets of Lille in full Lille swing! Though I have to say it was much more sedate than previous years. And for this I was very happy, given we were with a pram and all.

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