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Brussels Design Market

Brussels just can’t seem to get enough of all things vintage! And Sundays seem to be the days to enjoy finding the best of second-hand. After last week’s vintage fairs, this weekend brings us the 13th edition of the Brussels Design Market.

Brussels has regular flea markets, but nothing like this. The event is devoted entirely to design with an emphasis on items dating from the 50s to the early 80s. Taking place on 21 and 22 April at Tour & Taxis (86c Avenue du Port), this is one of the largest 20th century design markets with vendors from across Europe.

The Brussels Design Market is not only for dealers and collectors, but also the public. There will be both rare items and more affordable ones on offer, including furniture and decorative pieces from Eames, Panton, Knoll, Bertoia and other European and American furniture designers. I’m sure there will be some whacking stuff for sale, but who doesn’t need a bright orange plastic chair? Ok, maybe not everyone but it’s fun to look anyway. You can always buy a something small like a clock or ash tray.

The Market will host a ‘preview day’ on Saturday from 2 to 6pm to give dealers and buyers first dibs on the best items (admission is €20). On Sunday the event is open to everyone (no entrance fee) from 8am to 4pm. There will be food and drinks on offer both days, as well as a display of vintage cars for sale by 2ememain.be.

I love rummaging around flea markets and shops like Troc for second-hand furniture, so I’m bummed I’ll be out of town this weekend and miss the market. At least it will keep me from buying yet another lamp and the husband from being tempted by a vintage Eames chair. 🙂

Images via Brussels Design Market and Brussels Life.

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Antiquing at Stefantiek

I love walking around the Marolles area on weekends and exploring all of the furniture and antique shops. Sunday morning is my favorite time for a stroll on Rue Blaes and Rue Haute, where most shops are open, unlike the rest of Brussels. I usually skip Place du Jeu de Balle because a lot of what’s for sale is really just junk. There are some other good flea markets in Brussels, but that’s for another post.

One of the best shops in the Marolles is Stefantiek. This place is a true treasure trove – it is jam-packed with all sorts of wacky and wonderful antiques and unusual home furnishings. You’ll notice the diverse collection of items as soon as you walk in the door – everything from as old post office box to neon signs to leather chairs to old metal desk lamps. Last time I visited the owner told me that he has to stop buying things for the store as he literally can’t fit another thing inside.

Based out of a warehouse in Bonheiden, Stefantiek has two stores in Brussels – one on Rue Blaes and one across from the Notre Dame de la Chapelle church. I prefer the second of the two, and always make sure to pop in when I’m in the area. The shop on Place de la Chappelle is easy to spot, as items for sale often spill on to the sidewalk.

The store is actually much larger than it first appears. If you make it through the crowded entrance, keep going, as you’ll find a huge selection of antiques and “bric-a-brac” (French for somebody’s junk which now can be used to decorate your house) towards the back. There are several narrow rows of old architectural elements and metal bits. If you’re really brave, head upstairs where few people go to find loads of old chairs, tables and upholstered furniture. I’ve spotted some lovely antique pieces and some funky retro items up there.

All the crazy stuff aside, I’ve actually managed to find some practical items for my house, including a fireplace grate and accessories. Even if you’re not looking for anything in particular, I would highly recommend a wander around Stefantiek. The entertainment value alone makes it worth the visit.

If you haven’t already been, another great place in Brussels to look for used furniture is Troc International. I go at least once a month as you never know what bargins you might find!

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