I liked to go and sell my post cards on Bricklane and I did it yesterday ;). Bricklane market is half legal, half illegal so a large amount of traders has the licence to sell in the street and most of them are food stools (Japanese, Spanish, Indian….). But if you walk down Bricklane street you’ll find on the side a diversity of products to buy: old or vintage clothes, electronics, books, bikes, ….. you can find a large choice of things and sometimes they could be very weird! Who cares??? There is only one guy, the Trading Standards man who comes, usually in the middle of the afternoon, to check who is allowed to sell and to warn others to run fast. So when he is around the market, everybody starts to drag their cloth full of things and stay in the place till it becomes quiet again. I saw him twince, warning my neighbour who has to live quick because she didn’t have the licence. That tends to be a funny game between the illegal traders and him…it is quite different when the Police get involved! I don’t thing they would bother simple booksellers but they are quite suspicous against bikesellers. Bricklane is a very cosmopolitan area, you can meet very different kind of people: families, tourists, students, workers from everywhere (in majority Spanish, French and Italian…some Indians and Pakistanies from the area). When we decided to sit for the second time after 5, we met quite a lot of interesting people and we did good networking with our customers and other traders. Great day in Bricklane with great company 😉 and at the end of the day you can have a drink at a gig in the Vibe bar!
Hope to see you around one Sunday! I am the one on the orange carpet selling postcards for one pound!