If you are visiting Amsterdam next week or halfway into March and you are a fan of flea markets, than here is a tip for you. Once a month Europe’s biggest flea market takes place in the Ij-Hallen in Amsterdam, near the NDSM docks. This industrial area is not only housing this flea market, but is a terrific place for photography and art fans.
NDSM stands for “Nederlandsche Dok en Scheepsbouw Maatschappij”, or in English “Netherlands Dock and Shipbuilding Company”, a company that was active from 1946 to 1979. Today, these docks, warehouses and old factories have a new destination: art! There are apartments (where mostly artists live), a club build in a glass house with industrial leftovers, a crane functioning as a hotel, and old warehouses and factories housing “Art Cities” and events.
One of these events is Europe’s largest flea market. This flea market takes place every month. Around 750 stands offer bargain hunters a change to find second hand clothing, old VCR equipment, analog cameras, and a lot of crap. The NDSM docks is the home of art and artists in Amsterdam, and this is visible. A lot of tourist, and artistic figures stumble around at the market (a great place for photographers to look for some portrait shots).
But there is a downside to the art vibe around the DSNM docks. Art is cool, and if it’s cool, it will cost you. Hipsters are willing to pay big money to feel artistic and original. The result is that cool lamps like the one below will cost you 300 euro’s. Even at the flea market.
Entrance fee to the market is 4,50 Euros for adults. Make sure to bring cash, as most sellers do not have a pin device. A visit to the toilet will cost you 35 cents, and a sandwich with cheese will cost you about 3,50 Euros.
Even if you are there not to buy anything, it is a cool place to go. Enjoy the colourful people around you and the smell of old things.
And what better place than a flea market, to revive your old childhood memories? All the toys an books you had as a child are now stored in boxes at the attic, except at the flea market. Like the books below: Dik Trom. A series of books on a Dutch boy in the old days. Memories are everywhere!
How do you feel about flea markets? Are you going to visit Amsterdam (or how about the Feira da Ladra in Lisboa)? Do you have a tip on flea markets? Share it in the comments below!