As you can already tell from the title, I went to the biggest flea market of Europa: IJ-Hallen in Amsterdam! A couple of months ago I read this blog post on Poppy Deyes blog of her going to the IJ-Hallen. It kind of slipped my mind until I saw an event on Facebook and decided to save it. When I got a notification, I asked Eline if she wanted to go as well and that’s what we did. We had a great day at the IJ-Hallen (even though it was really warm) so in this blog post I wanted to share what you’ll find at the IJ-Hallen, some tips and the things I bought!
I thought I would first share our journey to the IJ-Hallen. At home I already looked up how to get there and we had to go to the NSDM-werf by ferry. I hadn’t been somewhere by ferry in awhile but this already got me excited before even getting to the IJ-Hallen. Anyways, when we arrived at Amsterdam Central Station we always go to the side of the centre of Amsterdam. But since we were taking the ferry, we had to go to the other side. You only have to walk a couple of steps and then you are already at the ferry station (I don’t know what it is called haha). After a (free) ferry ride for about 15 minutes we arrived at the NSDM-werf.
We had to walk for a little bit and that’s when we already saw lots of different stands. In Summer all of the stands are outside and in Winter they are all inside. At the enterance everyone has to pay 5 euros to enter the IJ-Hallen. I think this is a fair amount since this market is huge. When we entered and started walking around, I was so surprised by how many stands were there. I had never expected the IJ-Hallen to be so big!
Because of the huge amount of stands, Eline and I thought of a little strategy. We started at the left and went around wherever we saw things we liked. At first we saw so many stands with clothes. I already own too much clothing items but I did have a look at what peoples were selling. I think this market is a great place to find oversized denim jackets and jeans to use for a DIY (for example).
The more we got to the other side of the market, the more stands we liked. First there were some jewelry stands. The jewelry pieces are very inexpensive and perfect to spice up a festival outfit. Besides that we found lots of stands with vintage decorative interior items and furniture pieces. This is were Eline and I spend most of our time because you can find such unique pieces. That is where we might have bought some little things…
Since it kept getting warmer and we were walking in the sun for a while, we thought it would be a great idea to take a break. Around the NSDM-Werf are lots of different hotspots where you can sit down, have a drink and enjoy the lovely surroundings. Eline and I decided to go to Noorderlicht Cafe. As you can see in the photos above, it’s kind of a bohemian beachy type cafe. It is located in a glass house and when you’re outside, it feels like you’re at the beach.
Of course we had to get a very cold iced tea. This is something my friends and I always order. At Noorderlicht Cafe they had these homemade iced teas and they were delicious (I am definitely going to try to make iced tea at home). With that we got some little snacks because it’s always a good idea to have something to eat.
Before you get to see the things I bought, I also wanted to share some tips with you. When you go somewhere for the first time, you discover lots of things you wish you had known before. So here are five things you should definitely keep in mind when you’re visiting the IJ-Hallen (or a similar market)!
First and most important is to bring enough cash money with you. Since it’s kind of like an old-fashioned market, you can’t pay by card. So before you go, think of an amount you would like to take with you and spend. On to the second tip: Always try to get something you want for a lower price. Eline and I are way too nice so we didn’t do this a lot but when we did, they did take our offer. The third tip kind of goes with the second one because you can definitely get the lowest price when you go later on the day. Towards the end of the day people just want to get rid of their stuff so they will take anything they can get. The fourth tip is to stay hydrated, especially on a warmer day like the day we were there. The fifth and last tip is to wear the most comfortable shoes you have (otherwise you won’t be able to feel your feet at the end of the day haha).
Yay, it’s time to see what I bought at the IJ-Hallen in Amsterdam! Eline and I took 20 euros with us. We didn’t feel like spending tons of money and it’s a flea market so of course things will not be expensive. For us it kind of felt like a challenge to see what we could find for only 20 euros. Well, if you’ve had a look at the next couple of photos already you can see what I bought! Firstly, Eline and I both got photo frames. I got a bigger one with little detailing on the sides and a smaller one. After buying these two photo frames, we started walking to the part we hadn’t been before and stumbled upon lots of different people selling vintage stuff. That’s where I got this Seife cup and silver chair. My favorite is definitely the silver chair because it’s so little and cute, I absolutely love it.
In the future I will definitely be going to the IJ-Hallen again. Next time I will look for vintage cameras. This is something I would like to display on the shelves in my room. Photography is something I am very passionate about and I love the look of vintage cameras. Oh and if I ever move out, I will definitely go here to look for inexpensive furniture. There are lots of unique pieces out there that I would love to have in my future home (like I always say haha). Anyways, have you ever been to the IJ-Hallen? What do you think of my purchases?