Flea Markets. Props. And Click.

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An entry for Click.

Sundays are perfect. Let me rephrase that. Not only can I sleep in on Sundays (bliss!), but Sundays are also famous in Brussels for 2 things – markets and more markets. Some are food related, others are flea markets. I love both!

Despite this being a food blog and all, this time around I’ll go easy on the food-markets and tell you all about the Brussels flea markets. One of them at least. The one where I tend to source most of the props for this blog. Inexpensive? Check. Varied? Check. Ideal for a hobby blogger/foodie? Check. My kind of place!

As soon as the sun shines, you’ll see most Brussels locals spending hours on end at the Jeu de Balle flea market. Ideally you’d go there during the week days, in the morning. That time of the week is dedicated to real antique dealers, and anyone serious about snatching the best piece at the best price. And people with no day-weekly-jobs. Tourists tend to think the flea market is only a weekend thing, but here you have it: it’s a daily thing. Go there during the week and you won’t be disappointed.

When I am not on holiday, the only time I have free to go to Jeu de Balle is the weekend. And now, with this blog I am always going there with a mission and a budget. Let me explain. The mission: I check what we already have in the house, an what other unique pieces we could use. Both for food photography but also for our daily lives. The budget: I am so easily distracted by everything beautiful, it’s insane! So after several weekends where I spent more than I should have, I set myself the budget limit.

Depending on the mood and finances, they will be 10euro or 20euro limits. Entirely dedicated to those shiny, unique, beautiful objects that will eventually become props on this blog. Like the napkin rings in the photo. Wonderful in design, and a nice touch for any dinner-party. Or some great oldy worldly looking cutlery. A great Spanish bowl for olives. Or some superb tea cups ideal for a set of tea and cakes.

Do you have a favorite prop hunt? Any place you recommend for food photography props in your city? Where do you buy / find your food photography props?

This post is also intended for Click, a photography event which focuses each month on a specific (food related) item. This month’s challenge was ‘metal’. Check it out. A great initiative to push food photographers boundaries even further.

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  • Jai

    Thanks for participating. Flea markets are great for wonderful find such as the one used for the wonderful pic.

  • I buy props from markets and second hand stores. Here we have what are called “op shops”. People donate their unwanted items and they are sold for a small sum with the money going to charity.

  • Great pic! I love flea markets. The moment I arrive at the scene my eyes dance around at all the stuff the vendors sell. Great fun. πŸ™‚

  • I love this photo!

  • Beautiful photo! I wish we had a nice flea market near by… I miss those days of sunshine, cool air and strolling around.

  • Danielle – Manchester

    I love flea markets! The one in Belgium sounds fab and I really your idea of buying little bits for home & photography, & setting yourself a budget. I wish we had one in Manchester!

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