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Amsterdam: The Best Vintage Market Featured

The Dutch love a good find and it’s no surprise that you’ll find Europe’s biggest flea market in their capital city.

by Miriam Barror 20 July 2017

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 The enormous IJ Hallen market is located in the northern part of the city and comprises some 750 stalls with enough antique, vintage and second-hand items to keep you occupied for hours. You’ll find furniture, household items, clothing, bags, shoes, jewellery, in fact anything you can think of here.

De Negen Straatjes is a shopping district spreading between the Singel and Prinsengracht canals and contains one of Amsterdam’s best vintage clothing stores, Episode. Famously popular with the hipster crowd, you’ll find vintage clothing from the 1960s onwards. Unlike your standard vintage stores, the clothing is neatly arranged by item in a roomy interior.

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As consignment stores become an ever increasingly popular way of shopping for designer wear, you’ll find an excellent example in American Gerard Onley’s, OnleyDesirables, on Czaar Peterstraat 193. He stocks high-end labels such as Helmut Lang, Balmain, Chanel and Jil Sander at great prices.

Amsterdam has a proud artistic and cultural heritage and this is very much reflected in the plethora of antique stores dotted around the city.


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One such place is Holland’s largest indoor antique market, De Looier Antiekcentrum Amsterdam. With over 70 different stalls you’ll find anything from highly collectable Delft to World War II memorabilia to Art Nouveau and everything in between. The only problems shopping here are airline weight restrictions!

If you want a taste of Amsterdam’s Golden Age and all of its luxurious excesses, then a stroll down the delightful Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, Amsterdam’s antique and art centre, is a must. Here you’ll find art galleries and antique shops with exquisite items to either purchase or admire. Most establishments will ship items internationally so you are free to buy to your heart’s content.

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