12 best vintage shops in Amsterdam
Do you need something “new”? Tania Pescador, an environmentally conscious fashion & lifestyle blogger invites us to choose to buy pre-owned items to reduce the impact that fashion has on our planet. To make it easier, she shares her favourite shops with us.
Amsterdam is a great place when it comes to vintage and second-hand shopping. From stores that offer very curated and handpicked collections, to flea markets where you need to dig deep to find that special garment.
Vintage shopping is "greener"
Vintage shopping offers not only the opportunity to get unique items that you won’t see on anyone else, but it is also a greener way of shopping. Let’s face it, the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world after oil. According to i-did, every year consumers and companies create 240 million kilos of textile waste in the Netherlands alone!
The 12 best shops in the city
Whether you seek for vintage finds because you are style-forward or because you are environmentally conscious, you are sure to find the most amazing shops in Amsterdam. I’ve listed my favourite right here:
You are sure to find something at one of their three stores around the city. I like the one in De Pijp the best, as it is more spacious and they have a good selection of fun vintage items, leather shoes, bags and accessories.
2. Rumors Vintage & Design
At this store, it is easy to browse around, as they categorise their clothes very well. They cater to both men and women and are located in the Haarlemmerbuurt, where you can find a lot of other vintage and concept stores. A good excuse to go to the west side of the city.
Between Waterlooplein en Nieuwmarkt you can find BIS. And it is not one, but three shops next to each other with carefully selected vintage items for men and women. They have great quality pieces, so if you are looking for a collector's item, this is the right place to go to.
4. Penny Lane Vintage
In this boutique, located in De Pijp, you can find hand-picked vintage items in great condition sold per kilo! And the best part, they serve coffee as well!
5. Thrift shop
Venture to the famous Albert Cuypstraat to find this shop. This is THE place to go to if you are looking for high-end brands and trendy pieces. Don't feel like dealing with the buzz of the market? No worries, you can get your goodies from the comfort of your home via their online shop.
6.Bij Ons Vintage
Here, the speciality is the 70s and 80s, with lots of choices for both men and women at affordable prices. Their inventory is renewed very often, so if you snooze, you lose! Bij Ons Vintage has two shops, one in the Nine Streets and one at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal.
7. Vintage Jungle
A cute little shop in the Jordaan, you will be surprised at how many good things you can find in such a tiny space. Plus, you can stroll around this quaint neighbourhood after you are done shopping. That sounds like an ideal weekend activity to me.
A bit out of the city centre, this shop is a real treat, with a small collection of carefully selected vintage items. The owner is super friendly and great at giving style advice. Her groovy music selection will have you shopping with ease.
9.Rosa Rosas Vintage
This is a hidden gem in Amsterdam. A small store filled with vintage dresses, shoes and accessories and second-hand clothes in good condition. Looking for something special? Ask the owner. She really knows what she has in her inventory and is very knowledgeable when it comes to vintage fashion.
At this daily flea market, you can find a good number of vintage fashion stalls and huge piles of second-hand clothes. You will be happy with the good prices you can find here. Start rifling!
11. De IJ-Hallen
The IJ-Hallen is a must-visit for any thrifter. It is one of the biggest flea markets in Europe, so take your time when you go there. Anything from furniture, clothing and toys can be found there. My tips: get there as early as possible if you want to get the best finds and wear comfy clothes, you will be walking for a long time!
With four shops across the city, I don't think they need an introduction. Episode is one of the biggest vintage and second-hand shops in Amsterdam and beyond, they also have shops in Rotterdam, Haarlem, The Hague and Utrecht. They offer lots of options for ladies and gents and you can score a pair of Dr. Martens, Levis and other well-known brands at reasonable prices.
Let's go shopping!
Now it's your time to browse through racks and piles of clothes to find those treasures. If you ask me, it is worth the effort! I’ve found some of my most loved items at these shops.
Where do you go in Amsterdam to find your vintage items? Let us know in the comments section below!