The Best Thrift Stores and Flea Markets in Helsinki
Finding second hand clothing at a thrift store | © meineresterampe/Pixabay
Helsinki may have some expensive boutiques and a high cost of living, but there are still plenty of places to find affordable and high-quality clothing, vintage items, and homeware. You can even make some extra money selling your own used items at a market. Here are some of the city’s best thrift stores and flea markets
One of the best and most popular secondhand stores in Helsinki, Frida Marina
, in the Kallio
district, is heaven for vintage and bargain shoppers, with a flea market, tailor’s shop, café, and vintage shop all under one roof. The accompanying Moonk store specialises in ethically sourced secondhand clothing and homewares from around the world. It’s easy to spend a lot of time browsing this store and come out with an armful of new clothes.
Hakaniemi Flea Market
This is a busy Sunday market
with over 100 vendors selling every weekend throughout the summer. The friendly neighbourhood atmosphere and inviting scents from the refreshment stands make it an ideal place to spend a Sunday afternoon and socialize with locals.
Another store in in the trendy Kallio district, Hilda Viola
specialises in vintage outfits and affordable brand-name clothing from Paris and Italy. Their aim is to reuse clothing that is worth recycling and provide a quick turnaround to the latest fashions, making them affordable for all women.
This unique vintage
shop in Kallio sells not only classic Finnish clothing, but items from all over the world, such as Japanese haoris
and kimonos from the 1920s to the 1970s. You can also find clothing, accessories, and jewellery in a multitude of lovely colours and patterns, all for very reasonable prices. The shop is fairly small, but is filled with unique clothing, and new gems are coming in all the time.
This is the oldest secondhand shop
in Helsinki, and has been running since 1973. Kaunis Veera, in the southern part of the city, is beautifully decorated and laid out, with clothing to suit every taste. Both Finnish and international brands are on sale here, including the top fashion brands, in a friendly informal setting.
This flea market in the Pasila district is located in the former engine shed of a railway workshop. After lying empty for several years, the building was repurposed as a studio by a pair of photographers who then turned it into a Sunday flea market. The old building is now bustling with life again, but with shoppers rather than railway workers. If you want to sell your unwanted items, the table rental is only €30 for the day, a much better price than at many other Helsinki markets.
Play it Again, Sam
Fitting with its classic movie reference name, this store
in western Helsinki has a warm golden exterior and sells vintage clothing from the 1970s to all the way back to the 19th
century. It is a good place to buy or rent an affordable costume, or even a wedding dress. Even if you don’t intend to buy, it is still interesting to browse through the classic clothing to see what you might uncover.