35: Souvenirs & Gifts

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The ‘Vrede’ warehouse (1721-1731) is home to a souvenir shop with one of the best product ranges in the country. It stocks all the standard Dutch souvenirs as well as some exclusive products, including Delft Blue produced by Royal Porceleyne Fles (1653) and Willow Tree figurines. Vrede Souvenirs also has a collection of nautical items, jewellery and various leading brands of watches. The ‘Vrede’ warehouse was originally built to store grain and seed and was located in the east of Zaandam. In the 19th century, the building was used to store rice. In 1992, the decision was made to move the warehouse to Zaanse Schans. It was transported over the water on flat-bottomed boats.

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