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pavlova
« on: April 07, 2006 04:51:38 PM »

Hey craftsters.
I was wondering if there were any Belgians or people who live in/around Brussels, or know the city.
I'm going to visit one of my French friends so she can do the translating, but she probably doesn't know anywhere that's craftster related, and she's not been living there long.
Tips for good places to go would be much appreciated. The tourist office doesn't seem to be that helpful and I haven't hit my local bookstore for guidebooks yet, but I'd doubt they'd have much 'insider' knowledge.
Merci.

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2006 08:52:20 AM »

Hi!

I'm from Belgium... I don't know Brussels that well, but a fun place to go is aux petits riens in the Americastraat. It's a 3-storey thrift store with a little retro clothingstore (cheaper than the others in town!)! And every morning there's a fleamarket on the Vossenplein! But don't stick to Brussels, Belgium is small so you should check out Antwerp too! I know some nice places there! Let me know if you decide to go!  Have fun!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2006 01:10:01 AM »

Hi, I live near Brussels, I don't know if there's an AVA in Brussels but if there is one you should check it out!
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« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2006 07:26:05 AM »

I am wondering if anyone who missed this post the first time around had anything to add? I am due to go out again to Brussels for new year (30th Dec until the 2nd Jan) and would really appreciate it if anyone know of any crafty stores/trimming suppliers/yarn stores, etc.
My french/belgian friend knows very little about shops in brussels (except where the main stores like H&M and Espirit are) and the last time I came around we went to all the museums in a guide book so I think I've exhausted all touristy things to do now.
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2007 10:57:28 AM »

Hi!

You must've returned from Belgium long ago, but in case this comes up on somebody's search, I posted a (most probably incomplete) list of Brussels craft and yarn shops here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=168602.0

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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2007 06:33:13 AM »

woo! there are peeps who live in belgium on this,awsome-so do i! ^^ I live in rhose st. genese(near waterloo) and theres a mondial and creatine nearby that are crafty shops and material shops Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2007 06:58:10 AM »

I've just moved to Brussels from the UK, so great to see that there are a couple of  likeminded craftsters in the area. This post needs more info though (although i realise its probably a bit late for the original poster!) If there are any English speaking (my french and dutch are terrible sorry!) craftsters hiding in the Brussels area speak up! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2007 09:34:00 AM »

I didn't know there were crafty shops in rhos st. genese!
I know that there are a lot of crafty shops in Ghent! If you come to Belgium you should visit 'De gouden plum',' De banier', 'Pipoos',... in Ghent
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2007 03:13:07 AM »

heya! I'm from the UK (Northern Ireland), I moved here about 6 years ago and my french is still terrible! Cheesy ah well. Tongue
Hey-What about a christmas swap!!?
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2007 03:04:18 PM »

I haven't started swapping yet (not enough posts and not quite brave enough to work out the Belgium post office especially with international mail!) But if anyone can point me in the right direction (ie. is it possible to survive the post office without speaking much french/dutch and where on earth do you get international stamps from!) then i'd be up for starting swapping soon.

Do Eurostores exist in Brussels (like dollar stores/ poundland) where i could get very cheap bits and pieces for crafting i.e.  candles/ frames/ cheap toys/ kids art supplies/ kitchen bits and pieces etc... I just cant seem to find cheap shops here, does anyone know of a specific part of town or market hall or something where these things exist? I've seen Blokker and Hema which seem to be good but i'm more looking for the dollar bin type stuff.
And is all material expensive here? I've only been to one material shop so far on chausse d'ixelles and jeez it was expensive! Do markets sell material?
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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2007 07:12:09 AM »

I know what you mean abuot the dollar store type thing. There used to be one in waterloo but it shut down Sad
boo hiss. but it was replaced by Stonemanor (the british store) so i guess its not all bad  Cheesy
but so far i haven't found another one Sad
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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2008 01:28:12 AM »

Hello I'm from Belgium too ^^ I live in the Nord of limburg! Anyone around here from that area?
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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2008 11:58:17 AM »

Hi!
Im afraid I'm in the south-middle-ish, I live in rhode st. genese (brabant waloon) so quite far away I'm afraid!
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2008 09:04:14 AM »

In case of the cheaper stores, there are 1 euro (and more) store but you have to look good and they often seem to looka bit ... how do you say that... creepy...
Than there are 2handstores like the Kringloopwinkels, but they aren't so cheap and yet again you have to look around a bit.
We don't have anything like Wallmart or so... too bad :s
And most of the craftrelated stores are quit expensive yes.

For the Belgium post office / international costs
if you go to www.depost.be you'll find the information there, if you don't understand Dutch or Frencj enough, just go to the postoffice, I think they know English (at least the younger ones do) and just ask. The international stamps, just take your package with you to the post office, say I want to sent it too ... and they weigh the package and place the right stamp Wink
International costs:
under 350 g:  6 € to Europe, 9 € to the others (this can be less, depends on how much your package weighs)
under 1 kg: 9 to Europe,  15 € to others
under 2 kg: 15€ to Belgium or The Netherlands, 18 €to Europe, 30 to the others ...

hope you all know a little bit more Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2008 11:34:02 AM »

Oh thank you Riechan, I was wondering how much packages were to send (that's much cheaper tha i expected too!) I've been here a year and still haven't had reason to send packages (luckily we've had lots of visitors and visits back to the UK so I get to miss out the postman altogether Smiley ) Still I may start swapping now that I know it's not too expensive to send stuff.
Still struggling on finding decent priced material though...thank god for ikea material and sheets is all i can say Sad
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« Reply #15 on: October 19, 2008 07:11:05 AM »

if you don't have much money (or you just don't want to buy stuff all the time while a lot gets thrown away) dumpsters (containers) of stores like Hema and Blokker are a good place to find crafty stuff. I've found tule-fabric, beads, frames (of which the glass was NOT broken), canvasses (to paint on), nylon thread, crafty kids scissors, paper, and lots of other things. not too mention a hammock, a big beautiful mirror (that my dumpster friend now has), several sunshades/porasols, etc.
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« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2008 07:32:00 AM »

btw I need to rephrase about the 2nd hand stores.
Last Thursday I went to a "Kringloopwinkel"
there were a lot of things for just 0,25 or 0,50 cents.
Lot's of clothing too, didn't find much jewellry (the thing I was looking for) but I did find some cute things
like A Winnie the pooh glas (was in need for a bigger glas), a tin box asian style, a little bag of buttons, some cute earrings,
and some things I can't think of right away.
I'd love to go back again.


Oh and btw
The postoffice costs are always less ...
so when you want to send a package that weighs 600 gr to Australia, it's only going to cost 14 € 'cause the price given is for when you send 1 kg.
(do you get me? I know I am a bit confusing)
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« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2010 09:07:06 AM »

Just drumming up some interest so I'm posting this here too.
I have just set up Stitch 'n Bitch Brussels. There are a grand total of 1 members in the group so far so please join.

http://www.meetup.com/Stitch-n-Bitch-Brussels/
facebook - search for Stitch-n-Bitch-Brussels
by email snb.brussels@hotmail.com

As soon as the member count reaches two, we'll organise a meeting!

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