I must admit I’m not the best at bargain hunting. Every once in a while I try to do my best at flea markets or vintage stores but most of the time I have to face the facts: I’m incapable of finding nice clothes in the midst of all the junk. Still I keep on trying because I do know people that do succeed and I can’t stand the idea that I might miss out on a great bargain just because I didn’t give it a try…
So I gave it a try at the IJhallen in the North of Amsterdam, apparently the biggest flea market in Europe. People here sell mostly clothes but also other things. For an entrance fee of € 4.50 you are free to spend as long as you want to rummage around the piles and piles of stuff that are on offer.
The market is usually partly inside and partly outside. The stuff people sell is really very cheap so if you do have an eye for a bargain you really can’t miss this. Tip for the real bargain hunter: I’ve heard that it’s even possible to get in before the official opening times. You pay more of an entrance fee but you can get in there before the rest can!
Also the trip over to the market is worth while. You take the free ferry from Central Station over to the NDSM part of North, I always enjoy this!
(Check the website for the upcoming markets)