Tongeren Flea Market
Tongeren Flea Market
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7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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  • Camper11344
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    tongeren flea market
    Stayed in Maastricht July and Sep 2005 and went to Tongeren each time for the flea market. Many dealers were the same each time but most stock had changed so even with what I consider generally high prices things were selling. If it's what you want you can justify the price! We found several things to buy too from a perfect 1940's plaster bust at 20 euros to a terrific ceiling light fitting at 25 euros. As usual though throughout this part of Europe, Art Deco was not cheap - but hasn't been for at least 25 years. Several casual sellers so there is wide variety in stock. Drive to Maastricht as there are several more warehouses on route selling everyting from life size statues of Jesus/Madonna to poor repro. Maastricht is a great destination for a weekend break and cheaper than London or Paris and food is good.There's a market by the rail station Saturday mornings and a larger market four times a year.
    Written November 16, 2005
  • Elyse1972
    Gravesend, United Kingdom175 contributions
    Brilliant Market
    We read about the Market online and decided to visit whilst in Belgium. We stayed the night at the Euboron hotel which was perfect for the Market . The Market had a wide selection of what we wanted would definitely want return visit .
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 20, 2018
  • Dryhillkate
    London, United Kingdom83 contributions
    Great fun. Easy access
    We didn't know what to expect but all sighed with relief when we saw the stalls winging round the streets. We went on a cold day, and they were still setting up at 8am so glad we didn't go at 6am in the dark! There is a good buzz about the market. Reasonable prices and all are open to some haggling. Great little restaurant in the basketball hall which does a roaring trade and offers good toasted sandwiches and hot drinks. We would definitely visit again. Access is easy and lots to see. Pretty town too.
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 1, 2014
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XVictorious
Austin, TX488 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
We last visited Tongeren in mid-January - clear, but a little cold. Though the winter market leaves something to be desired, I've noted a significant decline in the quantity and quality of antique items sold here over the course of two Army tours in Europe this and last decade. While the dollar is performing better against the euro than since its introduction in 2002, the median price of the items has soared at this market. This is a case of micro economics influenced by the Chunnel and cheap ferry rides from the UK - not enough supply and too much demand. I recommend putting a limit on your spending before you go, and just realize that there's about 150-200% profit on everything sold there.
Written January 24, 2015
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better_beer
Brussels, Belgium106 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
Having visited many times in a number of years, our overall thought is this is not as good as it used to be. The main problem is a bit strange it is almost as if this event has become a victim of its own success. Unique items and selection of different qualities now seems to be replace more by quantity with lesser consideration to actual quality. More and more things are seen that are chipped, crazed, have worm holes etc.

Sure, the "game of it" still occurs to debate the prices until both are content but what is debated over does not appear in our last few visits to be as worth the discussion as it used to be. On our part this is most certainly not at all a case of having everything we are interested in which can be found at venues such as this.

It's a worthwhile experience all the same and certainly if not far away. The city is still every bit as lovely as always though and that alone is worth it.
Written October 28, 2014
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lonap300
Konstanz, Germany32 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
I have read so many marvelous things about the antique market / flea market in Tongeren which is supposed to be the biggest one in Belgium. So we visited it last Sunday.

First of all: it is big and it is impressive. No doubt.

But: the atmosphere of flea markets (that I love so much) is simply not there. It is like a big exhibition of porfessionel sellers of antique stuff, that happens to happen partly outside in the streets of a town, partly in halls and an underground level of a parking garage.
The sellers I experienced where not willing to negotiate on the price ...which I think is the biggest part of the fun on a flea market. And a lot of times the supposendly antique stuff turmed out to be new stuff which was just made to look old.
So, at the end of the day my personal decision is:it was nice that we have seen that but I would not go there a second time.
My personal thoughts: for people who are looking for treasures (antique-vice + price-vice) this is not necessarily the place to be.
Written May 10, 2016
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PaulausTirol
Soll, Austria227 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
I have been waiting for an opportunity to visit Tongeren Antiques Fair and have finally made it. Certainly no shortage of traders or stalls in one of the few Belgian towns with real charm. But it is really more of a cross between a car boot and an antiques market, with genuine antiques few and far between. Maybe as others have said, a victim of its own success. But for me, fewer stalls and more interesting wares would be the reason to return,
Written October 30, 2014
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Clinor
Canterbury, UK139 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
We went to Tongeren to visit the Roman Museum and found out about this fair from our hotel. It is held on Sunday morning and the number of stalls is impressive (the biggest open air antiques fair in Europe we were told proudly by the hotel). Stalls line many of the streets, fill squares, large sheds and a lower ground car park. Just because the word 'antiques' is used doesn't mean much, most items looked like they had just been unpacked from a container from China last week. The few items that clearly were were old were generally tired or knackered. We didn't see a single item that we wanted to even ask about. The experience of walking around and seeing the town like this was interesting though.
Written June 1, 2016
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kevin d
London21 contributions
Nov 2014 • Business
Went to this flea market with my wife and two mates to seek out the delights of this market. An early start is needed as the market closes at 1 pm, but is open by 6 am. Once arrived it was straight into looking and buying, picking up some vintage kitchen storage jars (5 for 12 euros). Other items that I picked up were three wall coat and hat racks (5 euros each) and a box set of six small brandy glasses inc. a brandy glass with a pourer (2.50 euros)
The market was a delight and would recommend it for any budding dealer. Yes there were white van man dealers both buying and selling but in the centre of town table top items on sale and everyone very helpful. Do try to convey in either french or german as it makes the experience worthwhile, the seller will know you are not local but many speak english and will reply in english. DO WEAR GOOD SHOES as most of the streets are cobbled and make sure you have enough money as there is so much on offer from glass,pottery,bronzes,pictures,furniture,brass,and religious items etc
Make sure that you go right up into town as there is many stalls there also.
The only thing we did not get to enjoy was the local history that you walk pass so make sure you have the time after.
Written November 14, 2014
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Dazzelon
O'Fallon, IL137 contributions
Apr 2013
There are some amazing deals to be had at this flea market. The furniture is top notch & extremely well priced. There is always room to negotiate with the vendors. They had everything from gorgeous antique shrunks to shrunken heads!!!! There is something here for everyone. We stayed in liege which was only about a 30 minute drive-perfect distance. We spent 6 hours looking around & negotiating it was worth every single minute! On a side note you might want to bring a trailer to haul your purchases & possibly a sturdy dolly or hand truck to get them back to your car/bus. Not a lot of places to eat so bring a quick snack-we didn't want to waste time eating when there was so much to see. Make sure you walk up as many streets as you can...& if you see something you like BUY IT!! Or it will be gone the next time you walk down that street. The best furniture was in the car garage while the best knick knacks were in the building across from the garage. There was an ATM in the middle of the market hidden amongst some of the regular closed stores. Just ask a vendor. Just about everyone spoke English-or enough anyway to negotiate!!
Written May 7, 2013
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MilitaryMomTam
Peoria, AZ23 contributions
Feb 2013 • Family
The market was easy to find in central Tongeren and ample free parking was available a short walk from the flea market. The variety and quality of items available set this market apart from other markets. An indoor market area also provides a bite to eat and toilet facilities. The sellers are willing to discount prices so don't expect to pay "sticker price".
Written February 18, 2013
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Bernadette H
Stuttgart, Germany56 contributions
Jun 2015
We drove 5 hours from Stuttgart to Tongeren on a Saturday, stayed overnight, and were ready to go at 0700 when the market opened on Sunday morning. On this trip we found a beautiful, blue tiled kitchen work table for 80 euro, wrought iron sewing machine bases for about 45 euro each, and the seltzer bottles I wanted that range in price from 19-80 euro. Hardest part was remembering all the places we had purchased (take a photo) so when it was time for the market to close (1300) we could gather it all together in one place. Second challenge was for my friend to get the car and then navigate back to me through the one way and blocked off streets to load up the treasures. Bring packing blankets, a flashlight, water/protein bars so you don't have to stop around lunchtime, cash, a good map of Tongeren to mark the places you have bought items and then give to the driver for pick up.
Written May 17, 2016
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Coroaci
Brussels, Belgium74 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
I was really surprised with the size of this market! As Tongeren is a small city I was expecting a small flea market around the main square and we spend almost hours around the city checking things and taking pictures there. So much interesting staff there that I have regretted to have gone to Tongeren with the train and I could not buy the things I was interested in...
Written December 18, 2016
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