Antiquing in Tongeren, Belgium For Your Wedding

Antiquing in Tongeren, Belgium For Your Wedding

I’ve always loved antiquing and it’s definitely one of my faaaaaavorite things to do whilst living abroad! And I think it would be an amazingly fun and wonderful idea for a bride-and-groom-to-be to do together! Not only could you procure lovely decor touches for your wedding but you could simultaneously be building a unique collection for your newlywed nest … Read on for some of my ideas … ;o)

So, a few weekends ago, my love and I crossed the Belgian border as we headed to one of Europe’s largest and most celebrated flea markets located in a little town called Tongeren … and, omg, I can’t wait to go back! The market is held in the town center every Sunday of the year {awesome!} and while the winter months bring less vendors, I still felt like I was in heaven at every cobblestone turn …

There were numerous dress forms for sale {remember my idea for incorporating dress forms in your wedding?} and I was so tempted to pick one up for my little walk-in alcove of a closet to drape my scarves and statement necklaces! There were also a few gorgeously weathered and caned French chairs and if we had a car other than our beloved little coupe, those beauties would be home with me right now! {remember my idea of incorporating fabulous antique chairs in your wedding? No? Click here or here}

The day we went was slightly overcast and the cloudy light shed this magnificent grey hue over the town … it seriously looked and felt like a fairytale … And see that lovely French mirror on the right? It’s proudly sitting atop a bookshelf in our dining room now! I think it would have also been a sound investment for a bride … imagine the stunning bridal portraits … or you could use a white marker and write your menu on the mirror like I did last spring for CB’s inspiration shoot!

I think my favorite find was the whimsical bust {right} that was a dead-ringer for the one featured in Lizzie Carney’s adorable house {seriously, click that link – her house is beyond amazing and inspiring!} – I love that Lizzie decided to place the bust in her wine cellar as it seems like such a great fit with the wreath of grapes! I’m thinking about painting mine a chalky white as I’m not too keen on the forest green – any ideas or tips? Wouldn’t she be a fun touch if you had a wine bar set up at your wedding?

Glorious antiques and fabulous finds aside, this adorable little pup in cap takes the cake for cute!!! He looked oh-so-dashing and proper and I loved that his owner had a matching cap to boot! I so need a little puppy in my life!

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into one of my brocanting weekends … let me know if you did and maybe I’ll make it a permanent feature! ;o)

{Images: by me!}


  1. February 2, 2011 / 4:40 PM

    please make it a permanent feature!! Especially if it means some of those things will end up on CB Vintage someday…

  2. February 2, 2011 / 5:21 PM

    I LOVED this feature! I would love to see this as a permanent feature. (That bust is gorgeous.)

  3. February 3, 2011 / 1:41 PM

    Some may make an appearance on CBV when we return stateside … ;o)

  4. February 3, 2011 / 7:34 PM

    i MUST go here!!! let me know if there are any others you are checking out, maybe we can make a date of it!

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