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Monday, May 14, 2012

Around Amsterdam: Waterlooplein Flea Market

A stone's throw away from the Amstel River, The Waterlooplein Flea Market is a great spot for locals and visitors alike. This bustling market square was officially created in the 1880's and is located in the historic Jewish quarter with the famous Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Historical Museum just across the street.

I visit this area frequently to grab stamps at the post office, meet friends for bagels + coffee or stock up at the grocery store nearby. Aside from fulfilling daily errands, I like to check out this market because it  reminds me of a giant thrift store full of treasures like used books, bright, funky Cosby sweaters, leather boots, vintage style jewelry and rainbow colors of spray paint.


The used book stalls are one of my favorite areas to peruse. I happily spotted baskets of English books to rummage through and picked out a stack for myself along with a historic photo album about the Queen Juliana's coronation for my Dutchman. I suppose now I can postpone getting a library card!

 
 

We grabbed up a few veggie loompias and roamed the market, spotting antique postcards, gemstones, records and old cameras (wish I could tell if they worked or not!), embellished leather purses, old coins, collectable stamps, military inspired fashion and lots of other random odds and ends. 

Every visit brings a surprise of unique items. I'm looking forward to picking out a few antique-replica posters next time I pop in, they'll add some style to our currently plain kitchen walls! 

Have you ever stopped by the Waterlooplein Market or any other antique emporiums around town? 


Waterlooplein Flea Market
Monday-Saturday 9-18h
Trams 9, 14 + Metro 51, 53, 54
Exit: Waterlooplein (near City Hall)

8 comments:

  1. Send me an agate! You'll pay more in shipping than the actual rock. LOLZ

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    1. Oh Emma, I totally mentioned to P that you have the most amazing agate collection from Michigan (I'm slightly jealous!) Miss you! xx

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  2. You should pick up an old camera next time, they're so much fun!

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    1. Hey Jen! Yes, I really want an old 35mm to use here, too bad all my camera's are still back in Florida... BUT, how do you know if the camera is still functioning? I'd hate to buy one and take a bunch of photos only to find that something inside was broken :(

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  3. I love this flea market!

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    1. Me too! I'm slowly developing the patience to sort through a bunch of junk in hopes of finding a treasure!

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  4. Looks like fun. Do they have any furniture? We have a seasonal vintage/handmade market in Denver, like a real-life Etsy, and lots of antique markets, but nothing is terribly antique. What kind of loompias did you have? I've only seen pork and banana. (Banana loompia ... mmmm.)

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    1. I haven't seen any furniture around Waterlooplein (a few rugs here and there) But there is a fantastic (huge!) monthly flea market at the NDSM Werf in Amsterdam Noord, they have everything you could possibly imagine. I've been a few times and it's pretty intense, I'll definitely add a post about my next visit!

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