January 22-31, 2010
BRAFA: Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair
Tour & Taxis Bldg
Avenue du Port 86C
Late Hours until 10.30pm on Jan 26 & 28
– Guided tours by a BRAFA associate are daily at 3pm. Inquire at ticket counter for details.
– The 130 participants represent different countries such as Belgium (60%), France, Germany, Great-Britain, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Russia, Spain, USA and Switzerland
Brussels Airlines offers promotional rates for BRAFA visitors and exhibitors: valid from 15 January till 5 February 2010, 25 %* on b.business and b.flex economy and 15 %* on b.light economy rates.
Make your journey easier by travelling on Thalys when you go to Brussels from Paris, Cologne or Aachen. Benefit from the Thalys preferential rates to go to the fair: -50%* in Comfort 1 and -30%* in Comfort 2 on the Hi-Life price.
March 19-28, 2010
Eurantica 2010 – Fine Art & Antique Fair
Place de Belgique # 1
(enter via cote Atomium)
Hours: 2pm-7pm (Mon-Fri)
March 25: Late Night until 10pm
– Free Entry to Ladies on Ladies Day Jan 26 (2pm-7pm)!!!
– 150 leading antiques dealers and art galleries of Belgium, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy who are to exhibit at the Brussels Expo Hall 5.
April 3 – 5, 2010
3 rue de Marche Couvert
Hours: 10am-7pm Daily
– Over 700 Vendors!
– Professional Day April 2 – Antique Dealers get 1st dibs!
October 2-3, 2010
Foire du Verre
Centre Sportif, Rout d’Ohain
(Just 5km from Waterloo!)
– A “Glass Fair” unique to Belgium
– Over 4 soccer fields filled with glass and crystal, antiques vintage & collectibles!
Mid-November 2010 (Date TBD)
Antica Namur: Salon d’art et d’antiquites
Ave Sergent-Vrithoff, 2
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR 2010 DATES and HOURS of Operation!
To view photos from 2009’s great event, click here!
The Antiques Diva™
(seen right hitting the fleas in Tongeren, Belgium)
I noticed in my recent Antique Week paper something that your Diva Readers/shopping tour clients will be interested in attending. The Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair will be later this month! It looks like it will be great – the article quotes:
“BRAFA will truly feature a more international flavor in 2009 – two American galleries – Sophie Scheidecker Fine Art from New York and Tony Anninos Asian Art from California – will have a presence among its 18 new exhibitors, as well as galleries from Hungary and Russia will make their debut.”
Fair dates are Jan. 23 – Feb. 1, 2009 daily from 11am to 7pm and will be held in Brussels at the Tour & Taxis building, avenue du Port 86 C/ B – 1000 Brussels. Late nights opening Monday 26th January 2009 until 9.00pm and Thursday 29 January 2009 until 10.30pm. Admission is 20E per person.
It sounds like this fair is going international in a big way. From the article it sounds like it is going to be a great fair – one that doesn’t need to be missed! Another source writes that BRAFA, “reaffirms its respected eclectic position in the heart of Europe. From the centuries-old everyday objects to the most prestigious masterpieces, visiting this antiques fair offers an unforgettable view of the incredible skills of craftsmen and artists of the past… In a way, it is a real “temporary museum” which opens every time, appealing to the eyes and sensibilities of all discerning visitors.”
Your Name Twin,
Toma at Victorian Cobweb
Realizing for the first time the consequences he faced as a result of not sharing in the coordination of our international move, he was given an answer that would define nearly a decade of expatriate life, “As an expat, Europe is now my playground. A person’s home should reflect not only who they are, but where they’ve been and where they’re going.” By bringing only our favorite possessions, I gave us room to grow into the people we’d become through living abroad.
Needing a table on which to dine, as well as the china to set on it, we began searching the flea markets of Europe, letting our travel choices dictate our décor. “Darling,” I rang my husband’s office one day, “We need a buffet and I’ve just read an article on the selection of antique side boards available in the Costa Blanca. Shall we go to Spain this Easter to see the procession and to stop by an excellent source for richly carved chestnut chests?” Weekends were passed flea marketing in the French countryside as we filled our home and stomachs while sampling the specialties of the regions. As our waistlines expanded, we’d return to 6eme Parisian apartment with a shabby chateau canapé that would groan when sat upon and Napoleon III side tables lacquered and adorned with mother of pearl embellishments.
When we moved to Holland, Belgium became our favorite getaway as it brought back memories of France with its abundance of French antiques, but better Belgium prices. Trips across Germany have filled our home with the type of knick knacks we never knew we needed until they completed a tableau. While visits to see friends living in Switzerland resulted in us starting a new collection of antique globes found at their many brocantes and led us to purchasing a politically incorrect vintage fur throw straight from a chalet at a bargain bin price.
Guests visiting us in The Netherlands nearly a decade after our expat journey began tour our home and comment on the eclectic international décor and when I point out a pile of plates that I peddled home in a box tied with a bungee cord to the back of my bike, they exclaim, “It’s just so you!”
PS: To read the country overviews I wrote for Expatica, simply click on the links below!
Hello Antiques Diva,
I am interested in attending one of the brocantes you listed in a recent blog — the Brocante Temploux 23-24 August, 2008. BY any chance do you know if there is shipping available?
Thank you for your help.
Antoinette from Atlanta
Sadly the fair coordinator, Luc Halleux, has explained that “With 1000 exposants and 150,000 visitors, we already have a lot of work. So we cannot organize any shipping and we do not have contact with any company to do it. Apologies and Best Regards!” Should you have any more questions, you can contact Luc directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Even though The Antiques Diva Exclusive Antique Shopping Tours of Holland, Belgium and France does not organize shipping, I didn’t want to leave you high & dry on this question so I put my Belgian Antiques Diva Tour Guide, Lucretia, to work searching for a solution! Her advice is that as Temploux is nearby Namur, your best bet might be using a shipping agent there to help orchestrate your overseas shipment. While The Antiques Diva™ Enterprises cannot make any official recommendations (as we haven’t tested these companies yet), we did find a few potentials for you to investigate.
One Entry is an interesting company which allows you to compare costs for a multitude of services – international shipping included. The website http://www.antiek.com/ recommends a few vendors who are helping antique dealers by organizing overseas shipping. Antiques Carriers looked particularly interesting as did Belga Traders.
Last but not least, should you need antique shopping advice while in Belgium (or before going), please feel free to ask! The Antiques Diva Offices are closed the month of August but whenever possible we try to help and might be able to squeeze in a last minute appointment if you’re in jam!
To shop with a local on your arm while in Belgium, Lucretia’s fees are 25 Euros per hour + transport costs (i.e. fuel/train) or for a full day shopping service 140 Euros. Lucretia is Belgian, speaks English, French and Flemish fluently (as well as pretty good Italian & German) and is an expert at bargaining in all these languages! Her Masters is in Decorative Arts and she’s an absolute delight to shop with! You’d love her!
Good Luck with your shopping adventure!
All the best,
The Antiques Diva™
Meanwhile, Robert Frank of the Wall Street Journal has posted on his WSJ blog an informative article about Spire and this new means of social networking targeted towards people who are interested in travel, gourmet food, wine, cultural events, etc. In this article, they mention three “People in the Know” including me, The Antiques Diva™! Click here to read all about it,
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Building on momentum from last week’s DNN Video The Hague, I decided to hit the streets again, diva style, in this special DNN episode on Brussels Place du Grand Sablon. This posh square boasts an upscale weekend antiques market every Saturday 9 am – 5pm and Sunday 9am – 1pm. Lining the square you’ll find lively cafes, chic designer shopping, interior stores and enough high-end antique boutiques to see why the Place du Grand Sablon is considered “THE” place to be for weekend Belgium entertainment. Join me as I share historical and tourist information and then delve deep inside the market to show you some of the best finds of the day!
The Antiques Diva ™
This Brussels video was picked up by CNN and shown on their CNN.com homepage on October 6th, 2008. Click here to see the official Antiques Diva shown on CNN!
These are the shopping experiences legends are made of…
In the quaint Belgian seaside town of Knokke just last week I found Burberry at 75% off and Salvatore Ferragamo at 80% off an already reduced price. In the 3 years since moving from Paris to Holland, I have been driving back each January and July to hit “Les Soldes”. Sadly, this summer a busy tour schedule didn’t permit for any sales-shopping soirees in gaie Paris and I was devastated to miss the fun and frivolity of Chic Shopping Paris! Just last week my dear friend The Belgian Beauty & her husband were off for a week at Knokke, Belgium and, knowing about my desperate need for a sensational sale-shopping fix, she invited me and another friend to visit her for a weekend at the sea.
Needless to say the Volvo was fueled up in no time and my friend and I hit the road – Belgian beach bound – to join our friends. For two days we did some of the most intense shopping I’ve done in years. BB’s goal was to stop & shop only in stores with 75% off or more and though in some cities there would barely be a sale or two worthy of abiding this rule, in Knokke the sales hit the skyline… er, the seashore! Though Knokke is sadly short on antiques shops, they’ve an incredible quantity of high-end and high-street shopping with sale prices that are out of this world.
Simply put, I was knocked out by Knokke! The Belgian sale period is July 1 -30, 2008 and if it’s within your power, head to Knokke to go sale shopping by the seashore before month’s end. My favorite shop is D’Aulnoy at # 714 Zeedijk nearby the swank “Zoute” area of town, but both Massimo Dutti locations drew a close second! I walked away with a sporty Burberry black pull over and a golden threaded Salvatore Ferragamo tie for mon marie. Last but not least was a gorgeous navy silk dress you’ll see me dancing in next month on my Mediterranean cruise! Now, listen up… anyone who knows me well knows that I could pack up and move into most of the Flamant stores, but this Belgian interior décor chain has outdone itself in Knokke. Multiply the love factor by 5 when visiting their stylish store inside a Knokke villa with each room kitted out with a different colored wall fit for a queen.
Should you miss out on the sales, never fear Knokke is chocked full of great shopping any time of year! And to lure you to Knokke this August, post sales (and perhaps to counteract my earlier comment about a severe lack of antique shops in town) the 33st Internationale Kunst en Antiek Beurs in Knokke (International Art & Antiques Fair) will be held August 9 – 17, 2008 at the Cultureel Centrum Scharpoord. More than 50 dealers will storm the beach in a sale fit for a diva.
Until Next Time, Happy Travels.
The Antiques Diva™
* Photo compilation on Knokke above courtesy Vero Fleuri – a great decorating blog written in French. Visit Vero’s “Home Sweet Blog” Cote Nord to see more gorgeous photos and great tips on “deco de la maison, jardinage, brocantes et balades”.
Brussels Expo Centre
May 1 – 4 – Antiek en Brocantemarkt,Havenbuurt, Blankenberge
May 16 -19 – Eurantica Brussels – Fine Art & Antiques Fair
Palais 5 de Brussels Expo
June 1 – Grote 9 Straaten en Pleinen Rommelmarkt, Gent
June 27 – Avondrommelmarkt – Kuringen
July 5 – Rommelmarkt, Veurne
August 2 – Trammelant Rommel en Kunstmarkt, De Haan
(Vendors dressed in Belle Epoque costumes)
August 23 – 24 – Brocante Rommelmarkt, Temploux
September 13 – Grote Rommelmarkt, Gent
September 13 -1 4 – Zomerendemarkt, Klemskerke
The Antiques Diva™
Nov 21 – 25
The Duchess of Orange writes that you must check out the Country Christmas Winter Fair at Kasteel de Haar on November 21 – 25! As this castle happens to be one of my favorites in Holland, I’m itching to go wandering around their castle grounds, letting myself drink in the yuletide air and festivities! The fact that Sinterklaas and his band of Zwarte Pieten arrived in Holland this past weekend (via steamboat, of course) has already put me in the mood for the season and I’m thinking about “Sinterklaas” while my friends back in the States are in the thick of Thanksgiving! At 15.50E, the entrance price to the Country Christmas Fair seems a little steep for an event that I am certain to spend money purchasing goodies once entering, but I had the same impression about La Table and I found their entrance fee of 12.50E worth the event!
The Duchess also writes that from 2pm until 9pm on the 29th of November in the sleepy Dutch village of Breukelen (from which Brooklyn NY got it’s name) there will be a Winter Fair at the Watervoor – at Zandpad 47. While I can’t find out much information about this event, the last time I attended a winter fair in Breukelen there were live camels involved… I’m not expecting nomadic mammals to be at this next fair, but I do think that if The Duchess recommends it, then it’s got to be good!
Nov 29 – Dec 1
Dr. Braai couldn’t have surprised me more when he emailed The Antiques Diva™ with a shopping tip! I thought the good Doc was only good at delivering babies and lighting a mean barbeque…. Little did I know, he was an Antiques Diva at heart! At his suggestion, I’m off to Brussels to see Sablon at Night where the chic Sablon area will be illuminated and the doors to the antique shops will stay open late to inaugurate their year-end displays, highlighting their most magnificent antiques. The taverns and restaurants will welcome customers with even more cheer than normal and period costumed, horse-drawn carriages will be taking tourists around the area! Simply delightful!
January 18 – 27
And speaking of Brussels, my friend The Belgian Beauty writes to mark your calendar in advance for the “Antiekbeurs van Belgie” or the “Foire des Antiquaires de Belgique” or, for those of you who simply want to be less pretentious (or less European) and call it by it’s name in English, simply “The Antiques and Fine Art Fair of Belgium”. This fair rivals TEFAF in its style and grandeur, elegance and class…. It’s sort of like a mini-TEFAF, more similar to Art and Antiques Fair ‘s-Hertogenbosch, but the Belgian version. It’s a simply wonderful Antiques Fair held January 18 – 27 in the Tour and Taxis building, Havenlaan 86 C / B, in Brussels and I believe this fair is worthy of it’s own blog rather than mentioned as a last thought on an blog of winter fairs. So mark the dates, plan to attend, and I’ll catch you later with more details as the date draws nearer…
The Antiques Diva ™
hat do Paris, Provence, London, Bath and The Cotswold’s have in common with Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, Tongeren and Ghent?
They are all featured as having fabulous antique shopping in the new series The Antiques Diva™ is writing for EscapeArtist.com.
In case you’re not yet readers of this online magazine, click here to join me as I take you on a whirlwind antique shopping tour of Europe! But I warn you, you’d best bookmark this article as you won’t want to take a trip without consulting this series before hand!
Happy Reading and, as always, Happy Travels,
The Antiques Diva ™