Photographer's Note

Four years ago I went to Belgium I flew with Wizzair to Charleroi and then by bus to Brussels. As it was a late flight, I chose the hostel near the station. I thought that I knew well how to get to the hostel, but that time I had no GPS and I couldn't find it. It was near midnight, there were no people to ask, and a few that I met, did not know the place. I don't know what was wrong. I became rather nervous but finally, someone showed me the direction. In the night, I was in a hostel. In the morning, I had breakfast and after it I went away. I was stupefied. The whole square was full of goods and people. It happened it was a flea market. How that managed to collect all this early in the morning? And why, if it was such a popular place, no one knew about it?

The Jeu de Balle Flea Market, also known as the Old Market, is surely the most famous flea market in Belgium’s capital city and is is the world’s only antique and flea market that is open 365 days a year.
The Jeu de Balle Flea Market is located in the heart of the Marolles district, which has a long history when it comes to its location and its function.

The Jeu de Balle Flea Market is a sociological representation of the area. It gathers antique lovers, collectors, occasional visitors and people who are simply headed out for a stroll. Here you can find almost everything and anything you’ve ever wanted in a lively and entertaining atmosphere. This is a place full of everything, from junk to some rare pieces, so be patient. If you want to find real gems, dig in — don’t just scratch the surface. When you find your treasure, don’t hesitate to bargain for a good price.

See also Workshop.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13050 W: 139 N: 33762] (153936)
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