Back in April I wrote a blog post about a certain button shop in Amsterdam and the not very pleasant visit I had there. I was polite at that time and didn’t name names. This time I’m not so polite. I’ve really had it with that woman and her so-called “shop“. It’s not a shop at all. It’s her very high cost space where she hangs out and entertains friends. Selling things is just something she does when she feels it’s ok to lower her standards and talk to other people.
Yesterday I finished knitting my iPhone pouch (photos coming this weekend) and needed 1 lousy button for the little flap on top. I know, I know, I already swore I’d never go back to this “shop” again, but they do have a very large selection and I thought, well, ok, one more chance to find the perfect button.
It’s Thursday night which means late night shopping in the center of Amsterdam. I left work at 5:45 and arrived in front of this “shop” at 6:05pm. The doors were wide open and the sign said “Open” so I locked up my bike and walked in. Ms Button Woman said “Mevrouw, wij zijn dicht.” (Lady, we’re closed.) I said (in Dutch) “But your doors are open!” She said “That’s just to get some fresh air in here.” I said “Is it not possible to buy just one small button?” And she just looked at me. Just looked. No smile. No comment. Just. Looked. So I said “Dus niet” and walked out. I repeat, this is not a shop. It’s a social club or button museum, but never get the idea that it’s a shop.
15 seconds after I walked out, while I was busy unlocking my bike to leave, two other women walked in and were quickly escorted out of the building while Ms Button Woman quickly closed her doors and turned the sign to “Closed”. Yeah, you betcha, “closed” is right. Even when it’s open.
I told DB that the next time I even mention the possibility of going to this “shop” that he has my permission to HIT ME. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s high time we find together a real shop that sells a nice variety of buttons in Amsterdam. Haarlem. Even Utrecht. Even farther if needed. Anywhere except the Knopenwinkel in Amsterdam.