Once regarded as a low-cost option for the less fortunate, secondhand and vintage shops have recently become a trend in Athens, and for good reason. Thrift stores are oblivious to fast-fading fashion trends and allow you to build a timeless and stylish wardrobe with durable pieces for cheap. Fortunately, Athens has a plethora of secondhand and vintage stores where even the most demanding thrifter can find happiness.
Closet to Closet
In residential Pangrati, Closet to Closet is a little secondhand shop where you can find purses, shoes, and luxury apparel by Manolo Blahnik, Balenciaga, Louboutin, and the likes at unbeatable prices and in excellent condition. Retail therapy has never sounded so good.
The concept behind Preloved is simple: everyone (and everything) deserves a second chance. Score some vintage clothes and shoes. Remember that jumpsuit combination that one of the original Charlie’s Angels wore one episode? You can find that and even more at Preloved. The same goes for those 70’s platform shoes. Whatever you are looking for, you can find it at Preloved.
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In the heart of Glyfada, you can find Hermès, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, and Gucci clothes and accessories at affordable prices. Where you ask? At SWAP! This shop sells pre-owned items, including shoes, for men and women. Who knows, maybe this is where you’ll find that pair of Louboutins you have always wanted.
In anti-conformist Exarcheia, Yesterday’s Bread is a store specializing in vintage and secondhand goods imported directly from the Netherlands. From a funky 70’s dress to Converse sneakers and even tweed men’s suits, you can find it all.
This upscale secondhand shop sells the majority of the luxury brands. If you cannot go to the store, know that it has a very convenient and user-friendly website. As there are new arrivals daily, make sure to come by Bohbo often or visit the web page as often as possible.
Kolonaki, despite having its fair share of luxury boutiques, is also a place where you can find high-end items at bargain prices. Located on Charitou Street, Second Hand Lux sells designer clothes, shoes and bags, and accessories from big names like Alaia, Badgley Mischka, Dsquared2, Paul & Joe, and Zac Posen. For any questions, Lili, the owner, is always willing to help and direct you.
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With the successful concept of selling clothes by the kilo, Kilo Shop is an institution among Athenian thrift stores. Get ready to rifle and score unique finds and great deals: vintage boots, Levi’s denim shorts, colorful kaftans, and 80’s swimwear. All you need is a few hours to rummage through the immense collection of clothes, but your efforts will be rewarded at the register. Even better – the store has two locations in Athens!
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It’s true that Psirri doesn’t come to mind for vintage and secondhand shopping, but the neighborhood also has a small temple for the vintage lovers. Guadeloupe is characterized by its wide vintage and secondhand apparel with an exotic vibe. Split into two floors, one for women and one for men, Guadeloupe is your ultimate Ali Baba’s cave.
Around for decades in Athens near the Ambelokipi metro station, Troc is a first-class destination for vintage shopping, with leather accessories, home décor, antique jewelry, and much more. Bargaining is always welcome, so do not hesitate to negotiate with Vassiliki, the owner. She will be more than happy to accommodate you.