If you’re a vintage treasure hunter in Madrid, probably your instinct (and the internet) will take you to the cute (and expensive) little shops in Malasaña district. But that’s why I’m here, to take you to the other side of Gran Via, more specifically to Vintalogy. Located a few steps away from Plaza Mayor, it’s the biggest vintage shop in Spain.
In Madrid it’s very common to see big old shops & palatial houses transformed and modernized by big companies, that’s why when you find a centenary building preserved as before it feels like you’re travelling in time.
Vintalogy used to be “Sobrinos de J. Marti”, a textile house founded in 1883. The shop preserves the signage and all the interior design from before: marble floors and wooden baseboards, fluffy carpets, mirrors from another era and antique sofas and armchairs where you’re invited to take a rest.
One of the perks of this vintage shop is that they not only sell second hand clothes, but also art deco furniture, curious objects and little treasures. The clothes are organized by type; from the classic printed shirts and Levi’s jeans to bride gowns and ski suits.
The owners of the shop are also the founders of “Mercado de Motores”, an unmissable meeting that happens once a month in Museo del Ferrocarril – a train museum located in an old station – where hundreds of artists, designers, antique dealers and collectors gather over the weekend surrounded by live music and food trucks, and the admission is free!