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For anybody in Rovaniemi looking for cheap goods, especially affordable clothing to keep out the harsh winter chill, there are plenty of flea markets, thrift stores, and second-hand shops throughout the town for unearthing bargains. Many of these shops raise money for good causes both in Finland and abroad, and most also allow you to sell or donate unwanted items. These are some of the best places in Rovaniemi for bargain or antique hunters.
This central store is a treasure trove full of antiques, furniture, and household items, like a year-round indoor yard sale. It is an especially great store for furnishing a new home with unique and affordable furniture, particularly if you like antiques. Even if you aren’t planning to buy, it is still interesting to wander the shelves. New items come into the store daily, so there is always something new to discover and bargains to be found.
Varastotien Kirpputori, Varastotie 8, 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland, + 358 50 411 7074
Just a few blocks away from the city centre, Tuhattori sells practically every second-hand item you could ever need, from Finnish glassware to cars. You can find a full inventory on their website or browse the store to see what has just come in. Some particularly unique finds include antique television sets, old pianos, and hard-to-find artworks.
The Rovaniemi Red Cross charity shop proudly sells some of the best second-hand items in the city, and is especially ideal for finding cheap bikes, clothing, and sports equipment. It is also a great shop to donate unwanted items or do some volunteer work. Best of all is knowing that 100% of the proceeds go to the Finnish Red Cross, as well as the Disaster Relief Fund.
Rovaniemen Kontti, Teollisuustie 13, 96320, Rovaniemi, Finland, +358 40 1390 735
This is a second-hand flea market that also offers short-term rentals and a carpet cleaning service, as well as vehicle rentals, which is useful for transporting larger goods home or touring Lapland. The flea market is the biggest in Finnish Lapland and full of furniture, records, books, artworks, children’s toys, souvenirs, textiles, and basically anything else you could ever need. There is a separate desk for gold and silver jewellery trade-ins, and also offers repairs and free price estimations.
These two seasonal markets are held annually in Rovaniemi every June and September, respectively. Both are ideal for incoming students looking for cheap furniture to furnish their dorms or to find unique Christmas gifts before the rush. Sellers can also clear out their overstuffed cupboards before Christmas. You can find refreshments and freshly baked cakes on sale here as well.
The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare is a Finnish charity patronised by the President of Finland, and it seeks to improve the welfare of children and families throughout Finland and its neighbouring countries. The charity runs a shop next to its Rovaniemi office, which specialises in children’s clothing and baby items to help out parents who are struggling financially. It is a great place to find bargains or donate old children’s clothes and support a good cause at the same time.