The flea and flea market in the Moortelbosstraat, excellently organized by Nathalie De Geyter, started in a somewhat foggy, cool weather, but pretty soon the sun appeared. ‘A good idea to close off the street, the children could romp, skate,… they thought it was ‘foolish’. On Monday morning, October 31, around 7 a.m., the participating stallholders spread their wares early one by one in the Moortelbosstraat. The real ‘buyers’ are quickly there. After that we got a steady visitor. In the afternoon it was nice to chat with the neighbors’, Nathalie takes stock of the second edition of the flea market in the Moortelbosstraat.
At the flea market: everything you can think of. Just an ordered chaos. Ten residents of the Moortelbosstraat seized the opportunity to set up a stand in front of their own door. Always nice to see how people are looking for a rare (collection) piece. You can actually pick up a lot of useful stuff at the flea market. For a pinch. Many continue to enjoy rummaging through the second-hand stuff or just strolling around. Second-hand stuff is often cooler than newfangled stuff, often better quality and you get an original piece that no one else has. Old things have a soul, they say a lot about the time in which they were designed. Many continue to scour flea markets to find things they would like to give a second life. In addition to being a free haven for interesting bargains, this flea market also became an atmospheric tradition in which treasure hunting, grab and haggling were central. Beautiful things for little money. At such a flea and antique market you can pick up all kinds of curiosities, valuables and nice gadgets in a relaxed way. Often the rule is, the more popular the better. You could make real bargains. Bargaining is part of such a second-hand scavenger hunt. Ask how much something costs and say how much you want to give. Either it is good, or a middle way is sought. It is always nice to see the bargain hunters who frantically hunt for rare (collectible) items, antiques, cool gadgets, toys, curiosities, … To do real bargains, you had to be there early. (marcel van de pond, photos danny de lobelle)