In Brussels, there are many places around town worth a look if you love antiques & vintage or if you regularly follow antiques roadshow: the Place du Jeu de Balle for instance, is a daily antiques market which is held in a concrete plaza, in the Marolles District, and where you might find everything from refrigerators and wheelchairs to vintage clothing, antique bottles and cut glass. And if you walk up adjacent Rue Blaes, you will eventually end up in a scruffy, shop-lined street where a number of antiques dealers showcase the very best of their finds.
Stef Antiek is one of them. Located at the Kapellemarkt (Napoleon’s old stables), close to the very center of the city, this second-hand store showcases 950m² of antiques, vintage, original lightning, art-deco items, old building materials and so much more. A paradise for antiques lovers, Stef Antiek fatures tens of thousands of merchandises literally piled-up to the roof or hanging from the roof.
The owners of Stef Antiek have used every single inches available, to display their treasures. And it seems they’ll never run out of one item in particular, unless it is really exclusive like a vintage Ducati Desmo from ’74, an antique Albatros speedboat or the scale model of a vintage Hispano Suisa. Flea markets enthusiast will have the choice between 1,000 vintage chairs, 1,000 retro lamps, 1,000 different kind of antique building material and more.
If you need to furnish a house from the ground with vintage or antique items, Stef Antiek has you covered: the shop sells old antique building materials like doors & windows, cast iron & fences, antique bathroom equipment, vintage radiators, flooring, vintage garden decoration, old staircases, mantelpieces, blue stone, antique furniture, vintage lighting and other retro decorative items.
You need a complete interior of a barber shop, a herbalist or a vintage coffee chop? It’s there. Maybe you’re more interested in an antique silver & brass lamp, an old English writing desk, an original Louis-Philippe armchair, various types of antique bottles, a vintage British carousel from the 40′s or a crystal chandelier? Its’ there too… It won’t come cheap (prices are not the prices of a regular bric-à-brac as it looks like, as the owners know what they sell), but maybe you will find something that is worth the price you’ll pay for it. And if you’re looking forward to finding values for antiques you own, they may help too.
And if the Stef Antiek shop at Kapellemarkt is not yet enough for you, why not visit one of their gigantic depots (6000m2 and 10000m2) located in Mechelen, a small-town between Brussels and Antwerp.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
Before setting out on a buying trip, decide upon a style of antique that you like and you can afford.
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