A Trip to the Handmade Market

Zelfgemaakte Markt
The winter market season is in full swing, it seems, with the Zelfgemaakte Markt (Handmade Market) today, the Christmas edition of the Streekmarkt tomorrow, and the Christmas market that runs from 19-22 December around the Ganzenmarkt/Stadhuis area next week. Lots of great stuff to be found for last-minute Christmas gifts (or for yourself).

The Zelfgemaakte Markt is held a few times each year, but I keep missing it, so I was determined to finally go today. I’m so glad I did! So many pretty/funny/cute/useful/gorgeous things for sale! I saw some decorative plates and bowls that I almost bought, but then I came across the Studio Ellessi stall and I knew that was where I’d be spending the small bit of cash I had with me.
Studio Ellessi
She does these wonderful line drawings of various Utrecht locations and I wish I’d had more money with me, because I was having a hard time making up my mind which print to get! In the end, I went with a view of the Domtoren along the Oudegracht/Vismarkt, since it’s a favourite view and also goes well with one of the vintage prints I’ve purchased recently. Along with the Paushuize print, I’ve now got a nice little collection of Utrecht prints to frame and hang somewhere.
Utrecht Kunst
At some point, I’ll probably be ordering her print of Orloff at the Donkere Gaard, another favorite of mine. In fact, we walked past there today and I couldn’t help but stop to admire their Santa decoration.
Donkere Gaard KerstmisSantaSo the next time the Zelfgemaakte Markt is in town, definitely make a point of stopping by. There’s a fantastic mix of stuff and much of it is really affordable, on top of being well made. I was particularly impressed by the variety of items on offer, too, as sometimes it seems like the bulk of stuff is for children. There was plenty on hand for adults — of all maturity levels. There’s also food and drink for sale, including gevulde speculaas and cranberry gluhwein, and a few spots to sit and enjoy them there in the market.
Zelfgemaakte Markt
Zelfgemaakte Markt
Zelfgemaakte Markt

Flowers in Bloem

Utrecht Bloemenmarkt
The gorgeous weather of this weekend has been replaced by rain today, so I didn’t get to work planting the bloemen (flowers) I bought Saturday at the bloemenmarkt (flower market). The Utrecht bloemenmarkt is held every Saturday at Janskerkhof, from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. There’s a wide variety of plants on offer, including seeds, herbs, potted trees, cut flowers, hanging plants and trays of potted plants you can then plant in your own garden. It’s fun just to wander through the whole market, admiring the pretty colors and arrangements.
Potted Plants

Row Upon Row

Bloomin' Bloemen


There were some beautiful lupins, one of the few plants I tend to recognize, and that’s because of a Monty Python sketch.
More Lupins


There were also two separate accordion players there, playing what seems to be the only two songs that are allowed to be played on the accordion.

As with just about any flowers here in the Netherlands, the prices are amazingly cheap. As I mentioned the other day, I got 18 little pots of flowers for €10, and you can easily get cut flowers for ridiculously low prices. The more common the flowers — tulips, roses, gerbera daisies — the less they cost. It’s not unheard of to get 20 or more flowers for around €5-8.

Mooie kleuren
If you’re in Utrecht some Saturday, stop by the bloemenmarkt. It’s a beautiful display in a beautiful setting.