On Saturdays, many neighbourhoods in Amsterdam host large street markets, where local vendors gather together and sell goods ranging from organic produce grown in the Netherlands to second-hand clothing, antiques and souvenirs. Some of these markets have taken place in the same spot for generations, whereas others were established more recently but have already become important parts of their respective neighbourhoods.
During one weekend of every month, Amsterdam’s industrial NDSM Wharf hosts IJ-Hallen, the largest flea market in the Netherlands. This huge event takes place inside two former shipping warehouses and spills out onto a nearby plaza. Due to its size and the enormous variety of goods on sale at the market, it is easy enough to spend an entire afternoon rummaging through IJ-Hallen’s many stalls. While many professional merchants rent out spots at IJ-Hallen every month, people also attend the market in order to sell old, unwanted items like furniture, clothing or bicycles that are taking up space in their apartments. It is always worth withdrawing cash before entering IJ-Hallen as most vendors don’t accept credit cards and there are usually long queues for the ATMs located on-site.