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Brussels Vintage Market at the Halles Saint-Géry with the pyramidal monument-fountain prominent. The image is courtesy of brusselsvintagemarket.be

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The idea was to give young artists an opportunity to sell their collections without having to open a shop.

Today, the 70-standholder market is held on the first Sunday of the month at the Victorian Halles Saint-Géry, in Place Saint- Géry, a fine brick and decorative wrought iron former meat market.

It is built around a pyramidal monument-fountain which marks, says the Lonely Planet guide, the ‘kilometre zero’, the point from which all distances in Belgium are measured.

Derelict for most of the 1980s, the Halles Saint-Géry Sain has been extensively renovated and is now a club, bar-café and exhibition space.

The next Brussels Vintage Market is on Sunday, August 6, and runs from noon-7pm.

Square deal

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The Zandfeesten in Bruges.

Held just three times a year, the Zandfeesten, an antiques and vintage market in the historic city of Bruges, is a biggie.

Hundreds of vendors spread across the Het Zand Square, beside the central railway station, across to Beursplein and into the adjacent Koning Albertpark.

The Zandfeesten stretches for some 5km, so extra stamina on top of the rigours of sightseeing is needed if you visit the market on Sunday, August 6.

Thanks for the image below to Sabine Janssens of visitbruggge.blogspot.co.uk and to fleamarketinsiders.com