Everywhere you look there are shops that mirror history. And we’re not talking about museums or galleries, but about vintage (thrift) stores. Whether you want to dress yourself to mimic a part of history or accessorize yourself with retro pieces, there’s plenty on offer.
A small warning just ahead, there were so many options to choose from! These selected vintage shops are randomly categorized. And if you’re missing one from this list, or you don’t find your city among them, that doesn’t mean it’s not a great spot. Search for vintage on all our city blogs, and you’ll find many more!
Think Twice – Antwerp
One of Regina Janzen’s (one of our Antwerp locals) favorite vintage store in Antwerp is Think Twice. “Like with most vintage stores it’s about feeling the history of all the items that gives it meaning.” This vintage shop has a lot of benefits for customers. It provides the opportunity to donate unwanted clothes and it organizes special sale days. On these days, items can be sold up to 50% off, or sold as low as €1. Make sure you follow their Facebook for any updates.
Szputnyik – Budapest
Szputnyik shops are fashion boutiques with a unique, eccentric and affordable offer of clothing. The purpose of the shops is to bring timeless fashion to the people, whilst keeping an eye on every detail. They combine vintage and modern style shopping. They have beautiful hand-selected pieces of high quality, whether it is new clothing or vintage/retro clothing, jewelry and accessories. Their selection is for both men and women! According to our Budapest local Michal: “Szputnyik shop’s collection attracts experts and collectors, but also people who have a passion for fashion“.
Wm Armstrongs – Edinburgh
Our Edinburgh local Stu Anderson thinks the best part about Wm Armstrongs is when you are looking for quite a fancy outfit or any kind of outfit, you’ll have a high likelihood to succeed here. “Armstrong’s is a great place to go if you are looking for a fancy dress costume, but I tend to go there to buy clothes for all occasions. There is a huge selection for both men and women, both casual and formal. If you’re a guy, and you go for a sort of grungy look like I do, there are plenty of flannel shirts and band t-shirts. Recently I found a hockey jersey of my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs at a very reasonable price! The stock changes regularly, so it’s worth going more than once – particularly quiet times of the year”.
SiTenne – Rome
According to our Rome local Rudy Di Giacomo, SiTenne is not just a clothing shop, it’s a family! “Close to Piazza Vittorio, the shop is run energetically by the owner Alberta, her inspiring American muse Giulia, with genial incursions by the creative Valerio”. If the owners like you, they’ll even invite you to join them for a beer. This vintage shop sells high quality vintage clothes from the 20’s till the 90’s era. If you need some clothes for a Halloween party or some other event, it also gives the opportunity to rent out some of these classic outfits.
Tommy Page – Amsterdam
Tommy Page is a bit different than other stores. This is because most stores have a focus on clothing for women, but Tommy Page also has great clothing for men! That’s exactly why our Amsterdam local Gerben van der Zwaard decided to share this spot with us! “Because simply put, Tommy has the most distinct and well-curated selection of vintage menswear in town.” This shop does not only provide you with classic vintage items, but since Tommy is on top of the history behind the pieces, you might even get a nice story out of it.
Šmizla – Belgrade
Our local Svetlana recommends: “Don’t go there in a hurry: venture into this vintage treasure trove when you have enough time to get lost, playing dress up and discovering rarities, wonders and oddities Šmizla keeps for its most playful and careful visitors“. Šmizla is filled with vintage and retro treasures, anything from 70s platforms to vintage kimonos to vinyl records! Even when you are offered a cup of coffee, expect it to be filled in a vintage authentic JAT (Yugosalv Airlines) cup.
Play It Again, Sam – Helsinki
A lot of stuff at Play it Again Sam, our Helsinki Spotter Antti’s favorite thrift shop, is available for rent. Therefore making it a popular choice for prom nights and parties of course! For our Spotter, this place was a part of her childhood: ”I used to live around here when I was a kid, but this place obviously wasn’t interesting those days. Or at least not as interesting as ninja jumps and courtyard football. I have to admit I’m not even sure how long it has been there. So Play It Again Sam is a very peculiar place to make useful vintage findings or buy some surprising souvenirs for your girlfriend.”
Blue Rinse Vintage – Manchester
Our Manchester local Sarah Buckley loves shopping in the Northern Quarter, and one of her favorite shops is Blue Rinse Vintage. “I sometimes find that vintage clothing can be really expensive, but Blue Rinse is bursting at the seams with reasonably priced fashion and I always find myself in the changing room armed with enough to clothe a small army”. This vintage shop has both vintage items as reworked items. It also hosts regular weekend kilo sales next door where you pay £15 per kilogram. Check their Facebook for the specific dates.
Velouria Vintage – Oslo
Lene Haugerud, one of our Oslo locals, thinks Velouria Vintage is the hippest thrift store in Oslo. Because of its collection of eccentric clothing and it’s immaculate window displays. It has clothes for both men and women. “You might find a classic designer piece, but you might also find a nineties neon t-shirt with Minnie Mouse on it. For me, the treasure hunt is half the fun!” Since the gentrification of the neighborhood, Velouria Vintage is an intrinsic part of keeping the spirit alive in the streets.
De’Žavu – Vilnius
De’Žavu is our Vilnius local’s Kamilė Naraitė favorite thrift shop: “All vintage clothes have a story and it’s your choice: to continue it or to start anew”. The store focuses on a wider group such as men, women, youth and teenagers. It also has a Pop-up store that sells unique handmade items. Each of them so one-of-a kind you will never meet another person with the same piece. You can find more information about this vintage shop on their Facebook.
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