Last week two big fabric markets were held in my neighbourhood. The Stoffenspektakel in the Haarlemmermeer and the Stoffenbeurs in Haarlem. Both fabric markets are held twice a year and visit all kinds of places in the Netherlands but also in Belgium and France. I always attend both markets because a few fabric shop owners are present at both markets. This time I wanted to buy some fabric for my mother and husband because I’ve planned for both them projects in my Let’s Stick Together Monthly Challenge. In this blogpost I give you an impression of both markets but I also show the fabrics I bought during my Visiting Stoffenspektakel plus Stoffenbeurs Spring 2018.
Visiting Stoffenspektakel plus Stoffenbeurs Spring 2018 – Haarlemmermeer
Sunday February 18th was the kickoff for the Stoffenspektakel in the Haarlemmermeer. I went on my bicycle with sunshine and a thin layer of ice on the Spaarne. You always find Burda and KNIPmode in the entrance. Knipmode sells old KNIPmode magazine and Burda promotes a ‘draft your made to measure pattern program’. Bernina shows some of their newest sewing machines in the hal. Quilters can also find fabrics for their hobby and there are also some stalls with haberdashery.
I always start with walking around so I can see what everyone is offering. You can find cheap fabrics for € 2,00/meter but also exclusive fabrics for € 150,00/meter.
Visiting Stoffenspektakel plus Stoffenbeurs Spring 2018 – fabrics at Stoffenspektakel
If you enter the hal right around the corner you find TST-stoffen. They always have beautiful matching and colourful fabrics but sadly this time not what I was looking for. Driessen is another favourite of mine and normally I always find something to buy here but not this time.
Joop was next on my list and although I saw some beautiful fabrics I decided to keep strictly to my list. From Joop to Samitex but still not what I was looking for. I had seen three fabrics I could use for my husband and my mother and decided to buy them. Lots of fabric shops give flyers with their social media addresses and webshop address as well.
Always good to have if I want to buy fabrics online in the future. The sun was still shining when I went home and within 30 minutes I was where I started.
Visiting Stoffenspektakel plus Stoffenbeurs Spring 2018 – fabrics at the Stoffenbeurs
Sunday February 25th the Stoffenbeurs visitited Haarlem. It was freezing cold despite the sunshine. Whether it was the weather or that there was less enthusiasm from the fabric sellers: the amount of stalls was about 2/3 of the other times I visited the Stoffenbeurs. One stall was very unlucky: Fully in the wind and no sunshine at all.
I always attend this fabric market because two of my fabric sellers are present: de Stoffenloods and Patrick Krant. Both sell fabrics which are a little bit more expensive. The cheapest offer was 3 meter/€ 10,00. I didn’t find the striped fabric I was looking for despite all the other beautiful fabrics.
I’ll have to buy this fabric elsewhere. This three fabrics went back home with me so I’ve now fabrics for six new sewing projects.
Visiting Stoffenspektakel plus Stoffenbeurs Spring 2018 – accessibility
How easy are both markets to achieve? The Stoffenspektakel in the Haarlemmermeer is held in the Expohalthat was used during Floriade. One can do this easily by car and there’s lot of parking space available. The train is a good option too. Coming from station Hoofddop or Haarlem one takes the zuidtangent (bus line 300) and get off at the Expohal stof. You can also hire a OV-bicycle at the station Hoofddorp and within 30 minutes you’re at the Expohal. The Stoffenbeurs in Haarlem is held in the inner-city on the Grote Markt. The Grote Markt is within walking distance from station Haarlem: less then 10 minutes. You want to come by car? Two parking garages are nearby the Grote Markt: the Raaks and the Appelaar.