July 31, 2011

Antique Shopping in Tongeren

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:05 pm by newsurroundings

Today was a good day.  I have been wanting to go to the antique market in Tongeren for several months now and have just been waiting for good weather and a free Sunday. Finally, Bryan and I had the chance to go and, let me say, we were not disappointed.

Tongeren is the oldest city in Belgium, and it hosts the second largest antique market in Europe every Sunday of the year.  It is only open from 8am to 2pm, so we had to get up fairly early to make the drive.  We were there by 8:30 and ready to browse.

This place has everything you can think of and just goes on and on.  There are two large warehouses plus vendors set up all along the city wall and into the square.  For the kids, there were even a few carnival rides.  A lot of the antique shops were open and there were cafes and restaurants lining the street where you could stop for a break. Personally, with only a few hours to cover this huge market, we didn’t feel we had time to eat.  A quick stop for some Belgian fries and we were recharged and ready to go.

I am known for often going home empty-handed after shopping.  I am happy to say that was not the case today.  We found several “treasures”- and the vendors were all willing to give us a lower price than marked, some as much as 25%.  My favorite purchase was a pair of lovely blue glass vases that the vendor said she thought were once used in a pharmacy.  They are signed and, who knows, maybe some day we will take them to the “Antiques Road Show” and find out that they are really rare and valuable.  Or, maybe not.

Now I need to go check my calendar to see when we will have the chance to go again.

They truly had a little of everything.

And our purchases…

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