With its fortification wall dating back to the Roman era and the statue of Ambiorix that can not escape the attention of passersby, Tongeren offers an ideal setting for the sale of antiques. For more than 30 years, Tongeren has seen a crowd of more than 350 exhibitors and about 40 antique shops gather once a week to display their best merchandise to the numerous visitors, in one of the largest weekly flea market in Belgium.
And in order to accommodate all 350 merchants, the Tongeren flea market spreads over 7 streets: Leopoldwal, Veemarkt, Maastrichterstraat, de Schiervelstraat, Clarissenstraat, Eburonenhal and the first level of Julianus.
Because of its size, this antiques market enjoys an international reputation, and is the place to be for a growing number of Dutch, German, French, British and American visitors, all looking for that “unique” antique or flea market piece. Therefore, do not be surprised to hear an American haggle the price of an old rococo chair or see an Italian making a scandal because a seller asks too high a price for an Art Deco vase he’d love to give his mama.
Keep in mind that prices are generally quite high at the Tongeren flea market, although bargains are always possible. Also, don’t forget to take a peek into the many small antique shops located around the market, and to relax in one of the nearby cafes or tasteful restaurants before heading back home.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
Educate yourself. Aside from visiting the best shops and shopping their selections, look through auction house catalogues, which are easily accessible online from all the major auction houses, and learn the difference between antique and vintage furniture.
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