One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This is never so true as when you’re talking second-hand stores and flea markets. And the offering for bargain-hunters in Athens doesn’t fall short. Here are some of the many flea markets and thrift stores you should visit when in Athens, Greece.
Avissynias Square Antique Market
Located in the heart of Athens, the Avissyias Square Antique Market is an antique market where you can score anything from old memorabilia, antiques, old books and records and more. Held every Sunday, the market usually spills out onto Ermou and the nearby streets and operates from early morning until late afternoon. Even if you don’t find what you are looking for, you can still have a drink at the Avissynias Café, where if you head straight upstairs, you can enjoy a splendid view over the Acropolis.
Very close by Paliosinithies, Guadeloupe is a thrift store with an exotic vibe where you can score bags, shoes and accessories and of course, clothing. From vintage crop tops to floral 1970s dresses, vintage jeans and military jackets, Guadeloupe has it. With a wide collection of men’s and women’s clothing, Guadeloupe will definitely rank among your favourite places in Athens.
A second-hand vintage furniture store in Psirri, Paliosinithies is how you imagine Ali Baba’s cave to look like. This chaotic bric-à-brac hotspot, located off the busy streets of Athens, has everything from chairs, tables and sofas, as well as vintage mirrors, silverware and kitchen utensils. The store also has a more spacious storehouse in Metaxourgeio, where the bigger furniture pieces are kept.
Every Sunday, the Scavengers Association hosts a flea market on Salaminias street, in Petrou Ralli. There, you can score anything from books, records, paintings, and decorative items, as well as furniture and domestic appliances. The flea market, with its relaxed atmosphere, welcomes all and you are expected to bargain with the stallholders, but some knowledge of the Greek language will be necessary.
Aptly named, Granny’s House is a vintage and second-hand furniture shop off the radar. Located in an industrial area in central Athens, the store sells furniture and home goods at reasonable prices. If you are looking to furnish your new apartment in Athens with a restricted budget, look no further.
With a simple motto of ‘clothes by the kilo’, KiloShop, one of Athens’ veteran thrift stores, is definitely worth a visit if you enjoy all things vintage. With a wide variety of clothing for men and women, bags, accessories and shoes, the store, located near Thission metro station, has plenty of choice for even the most demanding thrift-shopping addict.
A true flea market, the Piraeus Flea Market, which spreads along the train tracks off Piraeus metro station every Sunday morning from 7am until 2pm, is a happy and colourful place where you will really feel like a local. The market, selling everything from clothes to home goods, is a lively, gritty and authentic place where you shouldn’t be afraid to bargain your way to a good deal. Didn’t find what you were looking for? No worries, you can still make your time worthwhile by lunching in a nearby seafood taverna.
Yesterday’s Bread is any thrift store shopper’s best friend. Selling vintage and second-hand clothing imported from the Netherlands, the store carries a wide collection of items, for men and women, so you can score Converse sneakers, leather jackets, bags and retro clothing without breaking the bank.