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Shopping for arts and crafts and hobby supplies

Posted on Jun 30, 2021 by

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Everyone should have a hobby; if you don’t have one, maybe you should start looking… Spending time on doing something you really enjoy is not only relaxing and good for your health, but can also provide some extra income, if you decide to monetise it. Amsterdam is quite an inspiring city — the bohemian atmosphere will give birth to many creative ideas and you’ll need some supplies to put them into practice. It’s not easy to find the shops, especially if you moved here from another country; I know that because I had some difficulties finding what I needed when I first moved to Amsterdam, because many of the websites are (or were, a few years ago) in Dutch only, and I didn’t know how to look for them. Nowadays things are much simple and the number of shops is a decent one, not to mention that after the pandemic most of them made it possible to order online.

Below is a list with shops in Amsterdam where you can find supplies for all your hobbies and creative activities:

Art supplies

  • Van Beek Art Supplies — this is my dream shop! It has everything you need as an artist, be it art supplies (such as canvases, brushes, acrylic paint or clay), drawing materials, paper, aerosols with paint, graphics, design and presentation materials or frames. There are a few Van Beek shops in Amsterdam and other cities in the Netherlands, but the one on Stadhouderskade is the first one, open in 1895! A lovely shop to visit!
  • Van der Linde — art supplies and craft materials, from paint for every medium to clay and design materials
  • Gerstaecker — great variety of painting and drawing supplies; also workshops
  • Vlieger — paper & art supplies (envelopes, foam board, plastics, book binding materials and much more). This shop’s story goes back to 1869 and it’s an interesting one (you can read it on their website)

Various assortiment

  • Pipoos has a variety of materials, for every hobby, for adults and kids alike. From beads, to decoupage, to making soap or painting, you can find everything in this shop. When I visit Pipoos I feel like a child in the candy shop, and I want to start every hobby possible. It is a place where one could find an interesting gift as well, so check it out when you are without ideas. The shop in Amsterdam is located on Ceintuurbaan, but there are shops in many cities in the Netherlands (and online, of course).
  • Koud Kunstje, close to Westerkerk — deco-patch paper, glitter, paint, pencils, mosaic and kits for DIY decorative objects or gifts
  • H. Bruinink — a big assortment of hobby materials
The Buttons Shop

Modelling and games

  • The Luchtvaart Hobby Shop or “The Aviation Store”, on Molenweg 249 — aviation books, aircraft scale modelling, aircraft model collections, flight simulation, pilot supplies and aircraft videos
  • Harlaar Modeltreinen — a model trains shop, with everything you need for this hobby (trains, scenery, rails) and also cars models
  • Warhammer – is the place for games miniatures. You can buy here all the materials you need for painting miniatures and some more
  • het Paard — chess and other games
  • A Space Oddity — action figure toy shop

Beads

  • Beadies on Huidenstraat 6 — everything for jewellery making
  • Beadazzled — in De Pijp, jewellery and accessories materials
  • Coppenhagen — beads and all the other necessary ingredients for jewellery making
stamps

Knitting, embroidery, tailoring

DIY cosmetics

  • De Kruiderie — ingredients for self made cosmetics and natural remedies (online shop)
  • Soap Queen — online shop for hand made soap products
  • DIYS Soap — here you can buy raw ingredients and DIY kits, or attend one of the workshops. You can also buy ready made products (hand-made, zero waste, recycled and sustainable). They moved to Leiden recently but you can still order online.
  • Olie Meesters — oils and waxes for hand-made cosmetics (not in Amsterdam but you can order online)
Soap

Mosaic

Mozaiek Lagarto — mosaic making materials and workshops, in Spaarndammerbuurt. Lagarto is the Spanish name for lizard, and the owner Janna Hagen chose it because her adventures with mosaics started in Spain, with Gaudi’s beautiful lizard at the entrance of Parc Güell in Barcelona

Other

  • De Posthumus Winkel — stamps, beautiful paper, envelopes, inks of all colours and sealing wax

In the end, let’s not forget that even at “regular” shops like Hema, Blokker or IKEA there is a lot of raw material to be found for hand-made crafts.

It’s a long list, and I hope everyone can find what they are looking for on it. Some of the websites are in Dutch only, but Google Translate is an expat’s best friend; also, once you have the address you can easily make a trip to the shop and ask for advice directly. I hope you’ll find some interesting nuggets among these, and if there are any that I missed, please feel free to suggest them in a comment.

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11 Comments

  1. I am looking for guidance on shops selling lace making supplies e.g. bobbing, lace making pillows etc. Please help thanks.

  2. I am looking for card making supplies, especially stamps.
    I will be in Europe (particularly Amsterdam, Budapest, and Venice) in early October 2017.
    Thanks, Jennie from Australia .

    • Hi Jennie, this is a nice shop for you: http://www.posthumuswinkel.nl/. You will also find stamps at the flea markets, if you manage to visit some (Noordermarkt, Waterlooplein – in Amsterdam).

  3. I am looking for a shop that supplies modelling clay. Can you help?

    • No, sorry. You’ll have to ask google for this.

  4. I’m looking for supplies for making stained glass. Can anyone help?

  5. Hi I am going to Amsterdam in April 2018. I am looking for card making supplies, clear stamps and especially die cuts. Do you know of any shops selling these.

    • You can try De Posthumus Winkel and Koud Kunstje, listed above.

  6. Is there any embroidery shops or patchwork quilting shops in Amsterdam … im visiting soon.

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