De Looier in a little gem stashed away on the corner of the Elandsgracht and the Looiersgracht for all you antique junkies out there. I hadn't been there for years, but recently noticed a new store on as I trammed down Marnixstraat the other day and it prompted me to take a look. The new store was Vintage 2000 and the item that caught my eye was a lovely little vintage suitcase with wood frame detail that is now sitting by the front door. It's very sweet.
So the case reminded me of de Looier, and so I thought I'd take Mr E and I ventured in once more. It's a very old fashioned place, a rabbit warren maze of glass cabinets filled with all sorts of collectibles and curiosa.
We found a lovely silkscreen print from the 70's of boat buoys by a Dutch artist, and a little glass lion by Swedish artist, Lisa Larson. Both really reasonably priced. There's proper antiques (though all a bit dusty for my taste) but there are some great mid-century items too, much more my speed.
De Looier: Elandsgracht 109, Amsterdam. Open from 11am to 5pm, closed Fridays.