This second-hand shop in Scheveningen is located on a busy corner of the Westduinweg and Schokkerweg leading to Scheveningen beach. It’s quite possible that you’ll pass it on your way to the beach or if you’re local that you’ve passed it many time before. The concept of kringloop, to recycle and reuse, is not a new one, but since Marie Kondo swept Netflix fans off their feet with her life-changing magic of tidying up and the recent arrival of spring signalling a good spring clean in many households, the selection of goods in the shop has increased tenfold. So if you don’t mind navigating narrow aisles between furniture and household goods, I recommend taking a look inside. It’s an especially interesting shop for anyone who likes preloved clothing and books at a decent price (usually a choice of English books available too). The backyard is full of plant pots and sometimes bikes and garden furniture.
Schroeder is more than a thrift shop, there is also a ‘buurthuis’ function (community centre), a corner of the shop offers customers and regulars a place to sit down with a coffee and have a chat. You’ll get a taste of real Scheveningen, where people are down-to-earth, hardworking and funny. The organisation has been running shops throughout The Hague for many years and offers socially vulnerable individuals and those reintegrating into society a sense of belonging and a job, their motto is We give people and things a second chance.