There is just something artsy when it comes to vintage or second-hand shopping. It’s like walking around Moco Museum experiencing both contemporary and modern art. The excitement is in moving from store to store in search of just the best item or gift. Or maybe it’s the feeling of getting a curated and handpicked collection of unique items.
In Amsterdam, you’ll not only find vintage clothes shops but also terrific retro home decor. From old grandma style dishes to brocante knick knacks, crystal glasses, and many more. To make your hunt quicker and easier, here are some stores that you can shop at to get the hidden gems. Also, you’ll be promoting the greener way of shopping.
These guys are becoming a global phenomenon. They have opened stores in Paris, Brussels, and Copenhagen. But the journey started in Amsterdam. Regardless of them going global, they have continued to impress the locals. Have you had a look at Mark Rothko's art collection? It’s super amazing and you get goosebumps just staring at the art. Shopping at Episode will give you that same giddy feeling.
They have five Episode stores in Amsterdam and the biggest is inside de Negen Straatjes.
Rumors & Vintage
If you’re in the Haarlemmerbuurt side of the city, make sure to stop by Rumors & Vintage. They have a great vintage collection that’s categorized in a way that it’s easy to browse through. The weather in Amsterdam is always unpredictable but the store has a stunning collection of boots, sweaters, and gloves. A must-stop-by if you want to have a cozy yet fashionable winter.
Also, Haarlemmerbuurt street is like a vintage haven as you’ll find so many other retro and concept stores.
Are you looking for outfits from 1950? Well, Zipper will give you that. From sundresses to sunglasses and used levis. They also recycle clothes to make their creative designs under the Ultra Zipper label. If you’re in Amsterdam during the Carnival or Halloween, Zipper is the place to get your perfect costume. They have two stores one in Huidenstraat and Nieuwe Hoogstraat.
If you are looking for the cheapest clothes in Amsterdam, Waterlooplein is the place to go. The flea market is on a large square in Jewish District with numerous stalls. You’ll find almost anything you need from bicycles to assorted junk, candles, clothes, you name it.
You’ll also find another vintage haven BIS not so far from Waterlooplein.