If you're a lover of vintage clothes and accessories, check out this list of the best vintage clothing stores in Amsterdam. Whether you're looking for an authentic 1950s dress or a treasured pair of gently used Manolos, you're bound to find secondhand treasures at these shops. Most of the stores are located in the fashion hotspot that is the Negen Straatjes ("Nine Streets"), a 3x3 matrix of trendy streets nestled between the medieval center and the Jordaan, in the inner Canal District.
With a vintage inventory that warrants two stores on the same block, Laura Dols is a secondhand staple in Amsterdam. At the bigger location (Wolvenstraat 7) you'll find racks of clothes spanning five decades (quite well-organized by color) and unique accessories like enamel-buckle wide belts and beaded bags. The back room and basement, full of party dresses perfect for everything from cocktails to a play-it-again prom, are sure to please any vintage hound.
Across the street at Wolvenstraat 6 are coats galore and a collection of vintage embroidered tea towels, pillowcases, tablecloths and European farm linens.
Wolvenstraat 6 & 7, Negen Straatjes ("Nine Streets") area
Spiegelbeeld (Dutch for "mirror image") is the place to search for secondhand and vintage designer labels like Manolo Blahnik, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein. You'll also find popular regional names like Dries van Noten and Laundry Industry. The owner of this small but high-quality shop is almost always there to lend a hand and her honest opinion.
Huidenstraat 24, Negen Straatjes ("Nine Streets") area
Another find on the boutique-lined Haarlemmerstraat, Wini has a slick, uncluttered interior where it displays its well-curated collection of thrifted clothes. There's also a small men's section as well as a children's section, so the whole family can join in. Every Monday, Wini hosts its Monday Market sale, where it offers discounted clothing set out in piles on tables - a disorganized set-up to be sure, but shoppers can find some of the best vintage deals in the city hiding at the bottom of a pile. Start rifling!
With branches in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, London and Rotterdam, Episode dresses throngs of a mostly young clientèle in thrift-store finds. The two Amsterdam locations both feature men's and women's clothes with a strong focus on the 1970s and '80s, as well as Halloween and costumey get-ups and novelty accessories. The Berenstraat location feels slightly more upscale. Their collection of old Levi's and military-style jackets is hard to beat.
The oldest and most famous flea market in Amsterdam is the Waterlooplein (Waterloo Square) market. Not all flea markets are so fashion-focused, but Waterlooplein has made a reputation for itself as the place to score both vintage fashion and more contemporary styles at a discount. Unlike other markets, its stalls keep the same hours as brick-and-mortar stores, even opening earlier than their competitors; the market runs from 9.30am to 6 pm six days a week, from Monday to Saturday. Think of it as an open-air mall for second-hand fashion - and the multi-cultural food offerings are more varied and delicious than any mall food court.
On the border of the Nine Streets, I Love Vintage has quickly become one of the city's most touted vintage clothing stores. It started as an online-only retailer, but its popularity caught on like wildfire; soon the proprietresses had not just one, but two boutiques in two of the hippest shopping districts in town. Their online presence is a definite bonus for out-of-towners - you can browse the store's collection virtually and even reserve items for pick-up at the Prinsengracht location (items are held for five business days; payment upon pick-up, but you can try everything on before you decide).
Haarlemmerstraat 25, Haarlemmerbuurt area
Prinsengracht 201, Negen Straatjes ("Nine Streets") area
Edited by Kristen de Joseph.