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The vintage Kattebak Market at The Palms, Woodstock © Courtesy of Die Kattebak Market
The vintage Kattebak Market at The Palms, Woodstock © Courtesy of Die Kattebak Market

10 Top Thrift Shops and Flea Markets in Cape Town

Picture of Lee-Shay Collison
Updated: 20 May 2017
Capetonians love thrifting so it’s no surprise that there are countless vintage and second-hand stores around the city. If you’re up for some bargain hunting, check out these top ten thrift shops and flea markets in Cape Town.

Second Time Around

A beloved Long Street institution, Second Time Around stocks a well-curated collection of vintage designer clothing, shoes and accessories from the 1920s to the present. Inside the store, patrons are transported to a bygone era of fashion, amid walls lined with pictures of old Hollywood starlets and shelves filled with opulent jewelry, evening bags and retro sunglasses. The shop has several rails of clothing neatly arranged by garment and color to make it easier to pick out something you love.

196 Long St, Cape Town City, 021 423 1674

Vintage clothing © Unsplash

Second Hand Rose

Situated opposite the Cavendish Square Mall in the southern suburbs, Second Hand Rose is one of the oldest thrift stores in Cape Town. The shop boasts a treasure trove of pre-owned casual wear and evening wear including flirty cocktail dresses, as well as beautiful leather handbags, shoes and costume jewelry for women.

Cavendish Close, Warwick Street, Claremont, Cape Town, +27 21 674 4270

Glitterati

Glitterati is the go-to place for quirky and glamorous vintage finds for both men and women. Situated in the Long Street Arcade, the small shop is packed to the rafters with a variety of clothing from the 50s to the 80s. You can also pick up elegant costume jewelry, hats, gloves, vintage suitcases, shoes and scarves from yesteryear.

Antique Arcade, 127 Long St, Cape Town, +27 (0) 82 819 5247

Vintage jewelry © Pixabay

Kalk Bay Vintage

The charming seaside town of Kalk Bay is a thrift shopper’s dream when it comes to browsing for second-hand goods. A notable store is Kalk Bay Vintage (situated on Memory Lane) — a quaint little shop that stocks unique antiques including military paraphernalia, silverware and various odds and ends collected by the owner over the past 25 years.

67 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, +27 21 788 6348

© Courtesy of Kalk Bay Vintage

Anything Goes

As the name suggests, Anything Goes sells a variety of quality second-hand goods at affordable prices. The shop has an eclectic range of pre-owned furniture that can easily be restored – with a bit of sanding and lick of paint – to furnish your home or apartment for a bargain. They also stock homeware accessories, vintage-style items and even the odd wetsuit.

5, New West Point Centre, Victoria Ave, Hout Bay, Cape Town, +27 21 790 3797

© Courtesy of Anything Goes

Charity Shops

There are many charity shops run by a various organizations around Cape Town where you can find a great bargain and support a good cause at the same time. A few of these organizations include St. Luke’s Hospice, Help the Rural Child, the Salvation Army and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

Greenmarket Square

This iconic inner-city market has been a feature of Greenmarket Square for years, and is one of the best places to find African souvenirs and crafts in Cape Town. After browsing the numerous colorful stalls, you can stop for lunch at one of the restaurants in the square and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

Greenmarket Square, Burg St & Longmarket Street, Cape Town

Milnerton Flea Market

The Milnerton Flea Market is sprawled across a vacant stretch of land alongside the Atlantic ocean, where it trades on weekends and public holidays. Roughly a ten minute drive from the city, you can literally find anything under the sun at this vibrant bazaar. From antique tea sets and glassware, to car parts and old war medals. There are also several food stalls offering a variety of sweet and savory snacks.

126 Marine Dr, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town, +27 21 551 7879

© Courtesy of Milnerton Flea Market

Die Kattebak Market

Inspired by the car boot sales of France, Die Kattebak Market is held on the second and last Saturday of the month at the Market at The Palms in Woodstock. Here you will find a wide selection of retro clothing and accessories, and various second-hand goods including books, beautiful antique tea sets and handmade items like soap. After browsing the many rails and stalls in the vintage section, head downstairs and try out the delicious artisanal food and drink on offer.

145 The Palms, Woodstock, Cape Town, +27 21 462 0394

© Courtesy of Die Kattebak Market

Kirstenbosch Craft & Food Market

The Kirstenbosch Craft & Food Market is set in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where you can enjoy a day of shopping surrounded by mountains and greenery. The market is held on the last Sunday of the month during summer (September to May), and boasts a diverse range of clothing and crafts such as pottery, leather goods, art, aromatherapy and other handmade products from more than 200 traders. Chances are you’ll be famished after all the shopping, so be sure to try the local cuisine and drinks on offer. There are also a variety of activities to keep the kids entertained.

Stone Cottages, cnr Kirstenbosch and Rhodes Drive, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, +27 (0)74 333 2170