Antiquing in Flanders, Belgium

Flanders is the perfect tour for an antique dealer seeking to stock his store. Flanders offers many off the beaten path sources for antique shopping and a slew of trade-only warehouses and private sellers. Our local expert Antiques Diva Guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you antiquing in Flanders to our favorite vendors, exposing you to bargains on Napoleon III pieces as well as special finds from the 18th to 20th centuries. Flanders is one of our go-to destinations for antique dealers on the antiques trail. Booked in conjunction with several days on a South of France or England, this tour is ideal for antique dealers. One of my personal favorite antiquing destinations, Antiques Diva Flanders antique buying tours are sure to please!  

Antiquing in Flanders

Flanders s the Dutch-speaking, northern portion of Belgium – where the local language is called Flemish. (The French-speaking part of Belgium is called Wallonia.) Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent and Tongeren are some of the best-known cities in Flanders. Today’s Flanders has been a part of Spain, France, Holland and Austria, and with its varied past was influenced by the whole of Europe in its furniture design. The region had a reputation for tolerance so refugees fleeing religious persecution settled here, bringing with them their own crafts and customs. For example, 17th C Flemish antiques have a Spanish influence as many of the craftsmen making furniture in Belgium at that time were Spanish refugees.

Flemish furniture was popular in and exported to England, where you still see it in many country homes – oak, heavy and with elaborate carving and the distinctive Flemish S scrolling. Over the centuries so many different people found refuge in Flanders, and today you can find many different styles including Louis XV, Louis XVI, Empire, Napoleon III, Spanish Colonial, Henri II, Willem III, Gustavian, Louis Philippe, Chippendale, Rustique, Baroque, Neo-Baroque, Lodewijk, Queen Anne, Bretonne… and more!

Antiquing in Flanders, Belgium

In Flanders you will find pieces from many periods and designs to meet any need – and our Diva Guides will who the best dealers, wholesalers and private sellers are:

  • architectural salvage
  • furniture
  • mirrors
  • garden pieces and statuary
  • lighting
  • art and objets d’art
  • industrial
  • religious artifacts
  • art deco

If you need to shop for antiques but don’t have time to travel to Europe, Antiques Diva Buying Services will work with you to source, purchase and ship pieces that meet your exact requirements.

Antiquing in Flanders, Belgium

Bruges Zandfeesten is one of the largest flea markets in Belgium, held three times per year: the 1st Sunday in July and August and the last Sunday in September – and its crowded with locals and tourists. Tongeren’s Sunday morning flea market has been booming for over 30 years, with bric-a-brac and curiosities as well as serious antiques. Many antique lovers are familiar with Brussel’s Sablon district with its amazing antique shops and galleries, but there is also a Brussel’s weekend antique market and a daily flea market on the Place de Jeu de Balle in the Marolles district. Your Antiques Diva Guide will create a custom itinerary based on your antique shopping requirements, budget and schedule that takes you to flea markets, small shops and dealers, antiques warehouses and private homes where the owner’s collection are available for sale.

Antiquing in Flanders Belgium

Our Antiques Diva Guides are local experts – they know the dealers personally, have long-standing relationships with them and have sourced antiques at their shops for many years. Shopping with The Antiques Diva gives you insider access to the best antiques at the best prices. You have the shopping power of all our clients behind you – when antiques dealers see The Antiques Diva, they know we mean business! Our guides will translate, negotiate and help you find exactly what you are looking for, at a price you can afford. Then, we will help you ship it home either through our Antiques Diva shipping services partner or with your preferred shipper.

Antiquing in Flanders, Belgium

We’d love to see you in Flanders, where we’ll open our little black book full of restaurants, hotels, fashion, home decor and bien sur, antiques!

Flanders is a full day antiques tour and is available Tuesday – Sunday – and schedules perfectly with a France or Sweden tour!

Book A Tour with The Antiques Diva & CoBook a Flanders Belgium Antiques Buying Tour Today

Tot straks!  

Toma – The Antiques Diva 


Antiques l’Histoire – Belgium

Dear Diva Readers,

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Local antiques dealer Anne Marie, of Antiques l’Histoire,  who owns one of my favorite antique shops in town, often explains to Antiques Diva clients, “See that Roman wall across the street from my shop?  Tongeren was an important and rich city in the Roman empire, named Atuatuca Tungrorum. Today it’s the oldest city of Belgium with a rich history with lots of remains of Roman and Medieval times.”

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For Antiques Diva clients vintage and antique shopping on the streets in front of the medieval city walls is a step back in time.   Here you’re guaranteed to score sensational deals on anything from vintage Delft ginger jars for under 50 Euro to Belgian enamelware, linens and various kitchenalia.

Anne Marie grew up in the Tongeren area, in the rural Haspengouw region,  and explains, “I’m quite proud on the international image Tongeren has today concerning antiques and our market.  People come from around the world to shop in our town and my shop.  I love that my shop contributes to the town’s reputation as a must-shop stop on the continent for antiques and vintage lovers.”

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Antiques l’Histoire is located in a quaint 19th house.   “If I can say this, I think I have an atmospheric and nice antiques shop.” She confides, “It’s my fascination for history that resounds in the shop’s name. And I hope and also believe that the visitors experience a glimpse of a rich history when they visit Antiques l’Histoire.”  Anne Marie’s warm welcome and offer of a cup of tea or coffee adds to the warm environment, as does her ease with several languages and interest in helping the client find just what they’re looking for.

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Anne Marie explains, “Antiques have always been my passion.  Along the way I developed a certain specialization in French mirrors and chandeliers from the 18th and 19th century.  Besides that I try to follow and adapt to certain trends in the antiques world.”

She was the first antique shop in Tongeren to begin dealing in Swedish pieces.  “Keeping up with the trends is  why I started not that long ago with old Swedish furniture.  Clients appreciate this whole idea of Swedish antiques. Furthermore I offer my clients a rich range of European furniture and atmospheric antique objects and accessories. Thereby I often offer fine glassware and also antique tableware.”

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Overall the shop is imbued with an Old World Glamour… from the crystal you often see glinting as you peek in the window of the shop, or the melting mercury that sparkles from the mirrors to the tablescapes Anne Marie creates.

“I believe the shop has some kind of long lost atmosphere. When I enter the shop I still admire the rich impression it gives when the sparkling lights of the chandeliers reflect in the gold and silver mirrors around the shop space.”

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When asked where she sources her inventory, she explains, “Almost every month I travel to France, searching for fine objects which I can offer to my clients. French mirrors and chandeliers are my real passion. I’m always focused on the fact that my mirrors and chandeliers are treated with the appropriate care, which they deserve. By the moment they enter the shop they have gone through quite a process, which results in a nice range of finely selected objects. And that’s because I only want the best for my clients.”

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Simply the best is how I would describe Antiques l’Histoire.  Gorgeous inventory,  great prices, one of the best shops in Tongeren.

The Antiques Diva®
Where To Shop:

Antiques l’Histoire

Leopoldwal 14
3700 Tongeren Belgium

Phone:  +32 (0)497 85 41 94


Belgium Brocantes & Antique Salons: Calendar 2010

January 22-31, 2010

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Tour & Taxis Bldg
Avenue du Port 86C

11am-7pm Daily
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

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March 19-28, 2010

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Brussels Expo
Palais 5
Place de Belgique # 1
(enter via cote Atomium)
Hours: 2pm-7pm (Mon-Fri)
11am-7pm (Weekend)
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.

View the Photo Gallery here!


April 3 – 5, 2010

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3 rue de Marche Couvert
Ciney, Belgium

Hours: 10am-7pm Daily
– Over 700 Vendors!
– Professional Day April 2 – Antique Dealers get 1st dibs!


October 2-3, 2010

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Centre Sportif, Rout d’Ohain
Lasne, Belgium
(Just 5km from Waterloo!)

Hours: 10am-6pm

– A “Glass Fair” unique to Belgium
– Over 4 soccer fields filled with glass and crystal, antiques vintage & collectibles!


Mid-November 2010 (Date TBD)

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Namur Expo
Ave Sergent-Vrithoff, 2
Namur, Belgium
To view photos from 2009’s great event, click here!

Happy Shopping in 2010!

The Antiques Diva™

(seen right hitting the fleas in Tongeren, Belgium)