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Top 5 Second Hand Stores in Amsterdam

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Second hand shopping is the way for the locals, and visitors of Amsterdam to shop. First of all, there are so many places to go for used clothing. And of-course, the Dutch, known for their parsimonious nature, love to get a second life out of things. Also, in a city whose style thrives on individuality, second hand stores are great places to find unique items that can help express ones individuality. Indeed, the funky, distinct style of this city is part of what makes it so great for people watching!

There are so many second hand shops in Amsterdam, but below is a list of five of my favorites. They all have something different and special to offer…

1. 1953 – Retro en Chic

Staalstraat 2
1011 JL Amsterdam
+ 31 (0)64 280 8455

If beautiful vintage is your thing, this is the store for you. Perhaps you are looking for a fabulous party dress, or a vintage bustier, or maybe both? Though confined to a pretty tiny space, 1953 manages to house quite a bit of inventory. Bear in mind the more intricate dresses can run a bit high in price, around 150 euros, but the dresses in this price range are usually quite beautiful, and truly unique pieces. 1953 is also home to lots, and lots, and lots of great second hand shoes. There is a small rack of men’s clothing as well, but the there is clearly a feminine focus.

2. Episode

Waterlooplein 1
1011 NV Amsterdam
+ 32 (0)20 032 3000

Episode’s inventory tends to have less of a vintage feel, and a more kitsch (think your grandmother’s housecoats) and a retro (think old school, brightly colored Adidas) vibe. The Amsterdam store is part of an international chain, and carries a wide variety of items from many different decades. There is a good lingerie section, some great winter coats and everything you need in between to dress yourself. And half of the store is dedicated to men’s clothing. Of-course if you are in this area you have to check out the Waterlooplein Market as well!

3. De Tweede Ronde (The Second Round)

Kromme Waal 10
1011 BS Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 420 1425

While the clothing here really tends to be regular contemporary second hand items (with some older pieces thrown in) the prices are reasonable and the vibe is mellow. Located down a residential backstreet this place has a local and unpretentious feel, a place you could bring mom. In addition to clothing, this store has some nice jewelry, cute used kitchenwares, and a beautiful old cupboard full of lovely antique linens.

4. Zipper

Huidenstraat 7 1016 ER Amsterdam
+31(0)20 623 7302
Nieuwe Hoogstraat 8 1011 HE Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 627 0353

Zipper probably has the most comprehensive inventory on this list. Located in the heart of the shopping district known as the “Nine Streets,” Zipper is spread over two floors, and offers a huge range of items from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s plus some new items as well, for both men and woman.

5. Wini

Haarlemmerstraat 29 1013 EJ Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 427 9393

Wini, which is located on the great shopping street, Haarlemmerstraat, has a fun selection of vintage clothes. Focused mostly on the female customer (though there is a couple racks of great men’s stuff too) you can peruse the large selection of shoes and boots, hand bags, sweaters, dresses and more. There is also a rack of children’s stuff that is really cool as well.

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Venere Travel Blog writer mariah mackenna

Mariah McKenna, grew up just North of San Francisco. While working as a preschool teacher, she decided to go back to university to pursue her love of reading and writing. When her husband was offered the chance to work abroad the couple jumped at the chance, and just days after receiving her BA in English from UC Berkeley they moved to Amsterdam, where they have been living for one year and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child in March.

5 responses to “Top 5 Second Hand Stores in Amsterdam”

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  1. Claudia says:
    June 9th, 2012 at 15:58

    this article is great, congratulations. do you know how I can sell some second-handed clothes of my own? I am going to travel but cannot take everything with me, have limit of luggage. But dont want to throw away nice and some almost new fashionable clothes…if you could give me some tips I would be more than appreciated ;)

  2. Steve says:
    September 22nd, 2012 at 01:00

    I will second the first comment, maybe you know a place in Amsterdam where i could sell my own clothes, i am looking to unload my old wardrobe, which contains many beautiful, designer pieces, for which i paid 300, 400 euros, there are nothing wrong with them, i simply decided to change my style :). So if there is a place where i could sell my clothes and get a decent bargain for them i would be grateful to know. :)

  3. Katey says:
    April 9th, 2013 at 12:55

    Another fabulous place to shop for 2nd hand clothes is Out of the Closet on the Waterlooplein/ Jodenbreestraat 158 – It has women’s and men’s clothes and accessories as well as furniture – with all the profits going towards the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (They also provide free condoms and HIV Testing onsite). All the clothes come from donations to the AHF – so if anyone has donations for the good cause then please bring your stuff here ! Have fun !

  4. Isabella says:
    April 11th, 2013 at 17:28

    I want a cataloque and a Price list please.

  5. name says:
    June 5th, 2014 at 17:17

    Unfortunately, it appears that Out of the Closet has closed. I used to shop there and it was a good suggestion.

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