I’ve mentioned Kringloopwinkels (second-hand stores) before on this blog, so I thought I’d share the ones I’ve visited. While you can also find plenty of second-hand clothing stores in Maastricht, these three were able to provide me with most of the extra kitchenware, storage, and office supplies I needed.
Kringloop Zuid: The “official” second-hand store in Maastricht, the Kringloop Zuid is on the outskirts of the city, but makes up for the distance with its warehouse sized space and low prices. They have a large selection of furniture (including lots of solid wood) as well as the best deals I’ve seen on simple kitchen utensils. Of course the cost depends on the item, so you mileage (kilometer-eage?) will vary. They also have lamps, lighting fixtures, books (mostly in Dutch), clothing, and more.
Kringloop Zuid will deliver to the ground floor for 15 euros per trip.
Mattie’s Kringloop: Mattie’s is a smaller, but jam-packed kringloop located in the city. The prices are not always as low as the Kringloop Zuid, but it often has interesting things such as office supplies, sewing things, strange paper, and nice glassware. They have less furniture, but a decent size collection of clothing, kitchenware, music, books, and nearly anything else you could want. In my experience, the staff was very friendly and the two people I spoke with had very good English.
Mattie’s also offers a frequent shopper card (when you get enough stamps, you get 2.50 euro off your next purchase) and each month a different type of item is 50% off. They even have an English section on their website.
Mattie’s will deliver for 12 euros or less per trip within Maastricht. They deliver to Meerssen, Bunde and Eijsen as well for 18 euros.
Regin’s Kringloop: Of the three kringloops listed here, I’ve spent the least amount of time in Regin’s and have not actually purchased anything from them. The reason is simple: they don’t use price tags. My desire to engage someone in a price discussion was low the day I visited so that was enough to stop me.
Regin’s collection is similar in size to Mattie’s, although the store has more space to move around in. Notably they have a lot of tea and coffee pot sets and lots of very “Dutch” things (think, Delft & Delft-like pottery and wooden clogs). They also had some furniture, clothes, and other kitchenware.
Regin’s delivers for 11 euros with some restrictions (such as ground floor for heavy items).
Good to Know
All three locations will take housewares, furniture, and clothing off your hands if you call or otherwise make an appointment in advance. You may need to bring the items to the ground floor and the goods will need to be in resellable condition. That decision is made by the pick-up drivers. We tried to give two love seats to Kringloop Zuid, but they refused them because the fabric was worn and one had a small tear. Fortunately, like Bostonians, people in Maastricht love to nab the furniture you leave out on the street.
Shopping around and comparing used prices to new is still worth it. While second-hand items are almost always cheaper than their new counterparts (and reuse is certainly eco-friendly), other circumstances may make new items worth it. For example, we purchased some furniture at Ikea because it was cheaper (although flimsier) and easier to move (flat-packed) than similar pieces at the kringloops.
On the other hand, second-hand goods are just that and you should take care to inspect them very carefully. I purchased a large cabinet at the Kringloop Zuid only to discover it was partially infested with mold after it was delivered. I was able to save the bulk of the cabinet (I didn’t feel like trying to return it), but it was an important lesson learned. Mistakes are made from time to time, so its always a good idea to be vigilant.