Where are all the good vintage and second hand stores?
Where are all the good vintage or second hand stores? How much are you willing to pay for a used item? And is it really sustainable?
First of all, yes it is the better choice, because you save ressources and labour when you buy second hand items. Also, you have the opportunity to hand pick items that no one else have and you can personalize your style even more. I started buying secondhand when I went to high school, and by now half of my wardrobe consist of either second hand clothes (from shops or from my grandmas closet) or borrowed clothes (from my sister and mom).
So based on my experience of vintage and second hand shopping, I have compiled a list of places worth going to for every budget.
Today there’s so many places where you can buy/sell second hand and vintage clothes. The ones I use are:
- Tradono (the one I currently use because it is very simple), Trendsales and DBA.
- Various Facebook groups (I have not used this, but I know Anna has)
- For the more expensive pieces check out Lauritz and Vestiairecollective.
My favorite physical stores
NGO second hand stores
There’re both the actual physical stores specialized in vintage fashion and also the NGO’s second hand stores where I know you can make some VERY good bargains, because they often don’t know anything about what’s in style or not. Stores like that are e.g. Røde Kors (Red Cross), Kirkens Korshær, Danmission etc – and a tip: Go to the suburbs if want the prices to be lower (however you have to be patient to handpick you things) and go to “wealthier” neighborhoods if you want better quality clothes and aren’t that patient (however it is more expensive).
Byebyelove // www.byebyelove.dk // Valdemarsgade 36, 1650 Copenhagen V
I always find the windows very inspirational and I always wanna buy everything in the window. The owner are always able to mix the clothes and pieces in her store of both old vintage pieces and newer high quality fashion items. It is up to date and you can see how carefully the clothes have been chosen.
One of my favorite items in my closet is from that store and it is my suede skirt. It can be used for every occasion with either a jumper and sneaks/boots or for a party with a cool top/tshirt or camitop – the possibilities are endless. However it is not very practical when it comes to biking and since its my preferred transportation, I don’t wear it as often as I could. (see picture below).
Episode // www.episode.eu // /Larsbjørnsstræde 8, 1454 København K
Episode is like a candy store for vintage lovers. They gather everything in style (and out of style) and have many pieces of each style. So if you are looking for a denim jacket, jumper, maxi dress, silk shirt, Levis denim jeans or cut offs, bumbag, and that crazy jacket that make you pop out from the crowd, then go to Episode. Also because it is fair prices!
Episode is a chain of vintage stores and there’s one in many bigger cities. In Copenhagen it is placed at Lars Bjørnstræde.
Prag Copenhagen // www.pragcopenhagen.com // Nørrebro and Vesterbro
The concept and the range and style of the clothes are very much like Episode, but there’s 3 shops in Copenhagen.
Shops that are worth mentioning and that I would love to visit (again) are:
- Magnolia 2ndhand // Købmagergade 5, Copenhagen
- Slow Fashion 1123 // Gothersgade 153, Copenhagen
- O.S.V // Peder Hvidtfeltsstræde 4, Copenhagen
This is a whole other story, but thought I should mention it. The idea behind is that you go to a market with things you would like to swap with others. The biggest in Denmark must be the one is during Copenhagen Fashion Week.
You can read more about it here – it is called “Byttemarked” in Danish.
There’s several options in Copenhagen, and we will soon write an article about the pros and cons of selling/buying your stuff on a flea market. However I would recommend these ones:
- Veras Copenhagen (I’ve tried this twice – good place) – see their next markets here.
- Ritas Blå Lopper (cool!)
- Tradono (haven’t tried it, but have heard good things about it) – next market is November 12th – see facebook-event here.
- See more flea markets in the Danish ‘Flea Market Calendar’ here.
What is your favorit vintage or second hand item? Which stores are your favorite? Any we should check out and add to our list?