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Not a boot sale but a bak fiets sale!

The boot sale is a quirky thing. I’m not sure if they exist far from the uk. Fill you car with stuff and flog it off out of the boot.

Well here in The Netherlands the principle is alive and well but done in a more charming fashion.

Obviously the bike doesn’t give much scope for capacity but there’s a special Dutch tool for transportation that definitely fits the bill.

It’s called a bak fiets , bak meaning box and fiets meaning bicycle.

So these cleverly designed transport bikes are ideal.

On Sunday there was was a bak fiets sale in the charming town of Leiden. A pedestrian way by a lovely canal played host to this event.


It was formerly the fish market are and this is the fountain where all could access water.


Each stalls older used the opportunity to sell handmade items, baked goods of second hand clothing.
It was delightful, quirky and green.


And the bicycles were a great sight on their own!
I think you’ll agree that it was clever and ingenious.

I’m going to write soon about the tremendous variety of bikes in The Netherlands and the clever ways they are used to keep traffic down, reduce pollution and keep people moving in the fresh air!

(the featured image play on words is pakor suit fiets!

9 comments on “Not a boot sale but a bak fiets sale!

  1. Sophie Cussen
    May 27, 2014

    I shall look forward to reading more about the bicycles. I remember when I visited Amsterdam, I was so impressed with the way the cycle had right of way over the car. We really do need to embrace this more in the UK (non mountainous areas of course!).
    The bak fiets you refer to is sometimes used by Garden cyclists. They use a similar box to transport all their tools around. I was looking into it myself! One can either make the box from scratch or buy ready made. Genius!


    • lizard100
      June 2, 2014

      I’ll be working on that post soon. I just need to get some photo opportunities.


  2. lindaswildlifegarden
    May 27, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome post thank you for sharing have a blessed day


  3. dalg
    May 27, 2014

    Reblogged this on I'll Never Get Out of this World Alive and commented:
    This would be a great idea. The Broomielaw in Glasgow would be good for this.


    • lizard100
      May 28, 2014

      Thanks very much for reblogging. The boot sale is great but a bit of a gas guzzler. Forgot to mention that bak makes me think of bake and there were a lot of cakes.


  4. John Coleman
    May 27, 2014

    This looks like a thousand brands of fun. I’m envious. Peace, John


    • lizard100
      May 27, 2014

      It was really lovely. Lots of great skills shared.


  5. Rambling Woods
    May 29, 2014

    How charming and fun


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