Thrift stores are incredible to find pieces that, besides being much cheaper, are unique and different. Whenever I travel I look for thrift stores in the cities and most of the time I end up buying something. Of course, not all the places we go to have interesting stores, so it’s important to research beforehand!
Amsterdam, for example, has several cool thrift stores, and they sell not only clothes but also antiques and decorative items. It is a paradise for those who love to mine and do not mind wasting time looking for something good and cheap. I’ll tell you the 5 best thrift stores in Amsterdam. I’m sure they will like it, especially those who enjoy a more vintage style 😉
IJ-Hallen is the largest flea market in Europe and you can find everything there, I swear! Adults pay 5 euros to enter – a very symbolic value, mainly because of the variety of things you find there. The thrift store is open air and opens twice a month, so take a look at their calendar to see the days and hours of operation.
As the place is huge, they sell basically everything you can imagine. The “shops” are well organized and you need to set aside a few hours of your day to get lost in the midst of this incredible thrift store. It is very worthwhile to go there, not least because they do not focus on just one category, which is why the diversity of products is so great.
Address: Tt. Neveritaweg 15
This thrift store is very careful with all the pieces they sell. In the case of clothes, for example, they sew and fix those with a small defect. In other cases, they transform the product into something new and that can be marketed. The prices there are a little more expensive than those of the IJ-Hallen, but they are still great values for the quality.
The main focus of this thrift store is on the sale of men’s and women’s clothing, as well as some accessories. The products are perfect for those who have a more alternative style or are looking for a different piece in the closet. Ah, if you are looking for jeans pants and jackets, for example, you will find several options there.
Adresses: Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 37H | Berenstraat 1 | Waterlooplein 1 | Spuistraat 96
Pettitcoat has existed since 1982 and, despite being a relatively small thrift store, it sells incredible brands and pieces in excellent condition. Some of them, for example, are Burberry and Chanel and also local brands, such as Scotch & Soda. As with any thrift store, you need time to find something that fits your style, but you will definitely end up finding some clothes or accessories.
Address: Lindengracht 97-99
Three times a week Zipper replenishes its stock of clothes in the store, that is, you always end up finding something new there. They have a warehouse full of parts that the owners choose, and most of them come from outside and Amsterdam. The owners take a two-week trip through the United States, twice a year, in search of interesting and different pieces.
In addition, they also recycle some goods, giving a new look to clothes that previously seemed unusable or very old. They have more than one store around town, so be sure to stop by at least one of them!
Adresses: Huidenstraat 7 Zipper | Zipper Nieuwe Hoogstraat 10
With Us Vintage
Like Zipper, the owners of Bij Ons Vintage travel in search of goods across Europe and the United States. They have a great selection of women’s and men’s products, especially jackets and other more printed pieces. They are specialized in pieces from the 70s and 80s, that is, the style is very vintage indeed. There you can also find accessories and shoes, all for an incredible price!
Address: Reestraat 13 | Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 150
These are the most interesting thrift stores that are worth visiting at least in Amsterdam. Tell me here if you know any more cool places and if you usually go to this store style. Ah, on youtube there is a playlist with several vlogs for you to know a little more about the city 😉