I changed up the layout yesterday! A new header and a little bit of change in the menu. I also added a new category to the blog: Amsterdam. I started thinking about how I’m studying in one of the coolest cities ever and how I’m still discovering awesome new things everyday. Then I realised Amsterdam has so much blogging potential since is a great holiday destination. (Its always full of tourists. Always.) So I thought I’d share my findings!
The first edition will be about vintage stores. A friend and I decided to visit a few the other day, and believe me, we only visited a handful of all the vintage stores that are out there! I’ll be definitely going back to check out the others. But for now, here are my reviews.
I love Vintage, Prinsengracht 201
This store is absolutely darling. They have 20s 50s and 60s style fashion and all the products are real quality and beautiful. I especially love the pin up dresses and petticoats! But, as you might expect, they aren’t that cheap. Not overly expensive, either though. I think the quality-price ratio is very reasonable. I’ll definitely go back if I ever want to treat myself. Also worth mentioning, the salesgirl was so very, very friendly and helpful without pressuring us into buying anything. The store has beautiful decor aswell. This is definitely a must-go-to!
This is a store built in a former supermarket, hence the name SPRMRKT. They carry labels like Wendy + Jim, Martin Margiela, Marjan Pejoski, Comme des Garçons, Rick Owens and Acne Jeans. When we first approached this store, we thought they were closed because there were empty boxes in the front and it didn’t look very welcoming. The reviews on internet were good though, raving about the store so we went in anyway, thinking it would be very cool. We were quite disappointed when we got there. It looked a bit empty and we didn’t think the clothes were that special. The staff was nice enough, they greeted us at least. Maybe they were in the middle of cleaning up, moving, I don’t know. I might go back later to see if its better.
The following shops are located on the De Negen Straatjes (the Nine Streets). Those are nine streets (well duh), which are known for being full of vintage shops.
Laura Dols Wolvenstraat 7
This is a very cute vintage boutique, specialised in 50s clothing. They have beautiful dresses, blouses, coats, shoes, party outfits, living decor, and -which I was most impressed with- accessoires. Mostly exquisite sequinned, glittery clutches, evening bags and gorgeous sparkly jewelry. They were a bit on the pricey side in my opinion, especially because some items were slightly damaged. We were looking at small evening bags which were around 30-40 euros but still missed a handle or had a rip in the seam. I personally wouldn’t shell out that kind of money if I still had to fix my item. On the other end, they were probably high end brands, so I don’t know, maybe it is worth it. In any case, this is definitely a must-see store.
Zipper Huidenstraat 7
I loved this store! It is fairly small, but has two floors. They have a lot of cute, quality stuff for relatively cheap. We found supercute dresses, perfect for a high tea, and sparkly dresses perfect for a night out. They also have beautiful blouses and blazers in all kinds of different colors and awesome but cheap shoes. As their website says “At Zipper you can style-surf through time. From posh to punk.” Definitely true. They have secondhand and vintage from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. They also carry colorful make up and even stuff for men. I would definitely recommend you check this shop out! There is another location at Nieuwe Hoogstraat 8 which I haven’t seen yet.
Episode Berenstraat 1
This store is quite big and has a lot of stock. Not everything high quality, though. But, to be honest, this is more of a thrift store rather than a vintage store. They are relatively cheap. I do think its worth checking out if you like thrifting. I liked their hats and skirts. There is another location at Waterlooplein 1 which I haven’t seen yet.
ll images are taken from the respective stores websites, since I didn’t bring my camera.