De Looier - Permanent indoor antique market, Amsterdam

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    De Looier
    by Pijlmans
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    The Main Tile
    by hquittner
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    The Complete Set
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    Antiques / De Looier: Anitique Dutch Tiles

    by hquittner Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    30 years ago on our first trip to Amsterdam (and Europe), we found we had enough guilders left and room in our suitcase for a souvenir of our own. We were in the antique shop area (Spiegel Quarter) on Spiegelgracht in a shop with many certificates on the wall. We were presented with a stack of ceramic tiles of the 17C , carefult y wrapped in newspaper and tied with twine. Only the top tile was completely visible (the center one in the picture). It was seductively obvious that it was genuine to our at that time untrained eyes and the proprietor was impeccable. We bought the stack (unopened) assured that they were an authentic set. As the other picture shows, they were all of the same style, but only ONE is figured. (Nobody said they all would be figured). Thirty years later, framed, it is both a bargain and a memory and graces the wall in our kitchen opposite a sink with a tiles splash-board. (See another Shopping Tip on New tiles as Souvenirs).

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    Antiques / De Looier: Antiques and Brick-a-brack

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    De looier (Lijnbaansgracht side)

    De Looier is a collection of small shops hidden behind the facede of houses along the Elands- and Lijnbaansgracht. It's set up in the same way as many Paris dealers work: grouping together.

    There's an auction house too.

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    De Looier: Permanent indoor antique market

    by Pijlmans Updated Sep 25, 2010
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    Several people sell antiques and second-hand stuff here....They have around 70 stands.

    A nice place to spend some time on a rainy day...

    I used to come here as a kid, just to look around...

    Open six days a week from 11.00 to 17.00, closed on Fridays.

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