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 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. 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!
Making more ethical and sustainable shopping decisions can help reduce the environmental impact of fashion on our planet. Steer away from the mass-produced clothing. By wearing and buying vintage or second-hand clothes, you will be helping the environment while shopping. Plus, it is a lot of fun.
Whether you seek for vintage finds because you are style forward or environmentally conscious, you are sure to find amazing shops in Amsterdam. I’ve listed my favorite right here.
They have three stores around the city. The one in De Pijp is the one I like the most as it is more spacious and they have a good selection of fun vintage items, leather shoes, bag, and accessories. And if you are looking for a pair of levis shorts, this is your store!
This store is easy to browse around as they categorize their clothes very well. They have also clothes for both men and women and it is located in the Haarlemmerbuurt, where you can find a lot of other vintage and concept stores, so a good excuse to go to that side of the city.
Between Waterlooplein en Nieuwmarkt you can find BIS. And it is not one but 3 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 collective item this is the right place to go to.
You can find good quality, hand-picked vintage items in this boutique located in De Pijp. What makes it unique? You can buy clothes per kilo!
Situated at the famous Albert Cuypstraat, this is THE place to go if you are looking for high-end brands and trendy pieces. Do not feel like dealing with the buzz of the market? No worries, you can get your goodies to the comfort of your home, they have an online shop!
They have two shops, in the Nine Streets and the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. They have lots of options for men and women. I prefer the one in the Jordaan as the shop is well organized.
A cute little shop in the Jordaan neighborhood. You will be surprised at how many good things you can find in such a tiny space. Plus you can stroll around this quaint neighborhood after you are done shopping.
A bit out of the city center, 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. Their funky music selection will have you shopping with ease.
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 in specific? Ask the friendly owner. She knows what she has in her inventory and she 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 shocked by the good prices you can find here. Start rifling!
De Ij Hallen is a must visit for any thrifter. It is one of the biggest flea markets in Europe with hundreds of stands where you can find anything from clothing to furniture, to toys and bikes. My tips: take your time, get there as early as possible if you want to get the best finds; wear comfy clothes, you will walk for a long time!
Now it is 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. And, if you are interested in knowing more about what you can do to be a more sustainable shopper, check out my Sustainable Fashion Guide for beginners.
Where do you go to in Amsterdam to find your vintage items? Let me know in the comments section.