I admit: I’m not the best at bargaining. Every once in a while I try 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.
Most of the stuff people sell here is really cheap so if you do have an eye for a bargain you really can’t miss this. Tip for the real bargain hunter: it’s 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 worthwhile. You take the free ferry from Central Station over to the NDSM part of North, very enjoyable. Finished hunting and ready for a drink? Pllek and Noorderlicht are great spots just around the corner.
(Check the website for the upcoming markets)