La Grande Zomerbrocante takes place once a year in Deventer, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. This makes it the perfect place for such a huge market, which celebrates all the collectibles of the past. More than 40 stalls are set up in one of the most beautiful city squares in the country, with the whole meandering space being overlooked by the ornate, impressive building housing the Museum De Waag. What better way to spend a summer‘s weekend than perusing hundreds of antique and vintage collectibles on a flea market followed by a stroll through a fabulous museum, all in a historic city?
The dates of La Grande Zomerbrocante are variable year on year. Usually, there are two market days during the summer months of July, August, and September. Typically, these are Sundays. On these highly anticipated days, vendors set up their stunning stalls in the city square. With so much space in this fully pedestrianized area, the vendors do not need to squish in next to each other and can instead create lovely displays of their wonderful items. Each stall is topped with an off-white tent roof, providing a little protection from the sun on the summer days.
There is always an excellent range of goods to be found at La Grande Zomerbrocante, from sweet, cool, and old to vintage, chic, and curious. Visitors can expect to see garden benches, refurbished French chairs, table linen, beautiful crockery, cutlery, glassware, old toys, paintings, vintage clothing, silver, jewelry, building materials, lamps and door handles, beautiful busts, and frail corsets. It is fair to say there is a bit of everything here, from bohemian, retro, and industrial to flawless avant-garde kitsch.
With doors opening at 10 am, there is no need to set an alarm and rush to La Grande Zomerbrocante. The atmosphere is always very friendly and relaxed, with people strolling around and enjoying the setting and backdrop as much as the vintage goods. The vendors stay all day, so there is plenty of time to make sure you have seen everything displayed here.