Kolaportið can feel like another world entirely. Located downtown with a view of the harbour, this former coal port is where Icelanders come to sell their wares when moving house, or moving out of the country, or just spring cleaning their closets. One can find just about anything – rare books, jade Buddha statues, kimonos, handmade jewellery from Kenya, fur coats, boots, you name. Kolaportið is only open on the weekends from 11AM to 5PM.
There are two shops run by The Red Cross at opposite ends of Reykjavik‘s long shopping street Laugavegur. This branch is a bit more spread out, with the same focus on men and women’s clothing. There is always the possibility of coming across an amazing vintage find or collector’s item just waiting to be picked up. A great way to support a worthy organisation that runs programmes to help refugees, women’s shelters, and immigrants.
The Red Cross, Laugavegur 116, Reykjavik, Iceland, +354 570 4000
This is another great place to enjoy shopping while supporting a great cause. Hertex, run by the Salvation Army, is located west of downtown on a residential street. Here you can find a selection of items catering to a slightly older clientele – but if you really sift through the embroidered pillowcases, you’ll find the hidden gems. Downstairs you can find a carefully selected range of textiles, household items, and winter coats.
Hertex, Garðastræti 6, Reykjavik, Iceland, +354 561 3277