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article imageOp-Ed: The Ij Hallen – Amsterdam’s biggest flea market

By Dragos Ilca     Sep 25, 2013 in World
Amsterdam - The Amsterdam flea market takes place once a month across the IJ in Amsterdam Noord, where private (non-commercial) sellers rent a stand and put up for sale everything from clothes to junk to hidden treasures.
The 750-stand market is held in the old NDSM (Nederlandse Droogdok en Scheepsbouw Maatschappij) factory, a shipbuilding company that went bankrupt in 1984.
The prices are regularly very low for those who would like to strike a good bargaining.
The IJ hallen usually takes place in the first weekend of the month and is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The entrance costs 4, 50 euros for adults and 2 euros for children under the age of 11.
If you are planning to arrive by car, there are plenty of free parking lots available. However, if you come by public transportation, exit behind the Central Station and take the free GVB ferry towards NDSM Wharf.
Are you tired from the shopping spree? Eat something or have a drink at the stands in and around the hall. You can find the typical snacks such as hot dogs, fries, soup, coffee, and hot cocoa. However, if you prefer something more sophisticated, there are some cafés outside the market. Be advised that you have to pay the entrance fee again.
Apart from the monthly flea market, the IJ hallen is also a place of creativity and art. After the company abandoned the factories, artists and squatters transformed the old shipyard and started organizing many events and festivals at the NDSM.
As a personal advice, it’s best to go in the morning, when the treasures haven’t yet been discovered. But even if you don’t have time, most of the sellers discount their items at the end of the day so that they don’t take them back home.
Be sure not to miss this weekend treasure scouting and be sure to check the IJ hallen website for the exact dates here.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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