The Best Flea Markets and Second-Hand Shops in Verona
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There’s plenty to see in Verona as far as fashion goes, but nothing beats rummaging through the flea markets and vintage shops for inspiration and one-of-a-kind pieces. This city has many great consignment shops and boutiques where you can spend hours browsing, as well as a big flea market full of old goodies that we’ll show you how to find.
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Located in the student quarters of Veronetta, here’s a great boutique store primarily for women. It features Italian, American, and English clothing, from the 1950s through the 1980s. It’s also got some upcycled and remade items in fabulous retro styles.
Secondhand and vintage clothing and accessories from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s are featured in this store, which has a younger but still very chic vibe. It also produces specific pieces in vintage styles upon request, as well as lending out special clothing. You’ll find articles for both men and women.
Close to the river Adige in the vicinity of Castelvecchio, this store prides itself on its careful curation of clothing and accessories, from the 1960s through the 1990s. You’ll find a wide selection, thoroughly chic with room for whimsy.
This is a place for luxury-minded vintage shoppers and lovers of high fashion to browse for prestigious labels. The window itself is a real treat, crammed with gorgeous little Chanel jackets and purses peeking out in true Parisian style behind a arched stone facade. Inside, you’ll find lovely Pucci dresses, delightful old home furnishings and classic sneakers in perfect condition. Prices are on the upscale side, but you can always find great inspiration.
Entering through the all-white storefront in the middle of the historic center, you’ll find yourself in an elegant living room full of gorgeous things. Cecile is a boutique run by three women passionate about vintage. You’ll find everything from the 1940s right on through to the 1980s, as well as more recent collections.
Every first Sunday in San Zeno Square there’s a delightful antique market full of knick knacks for an afternoon of browsing. You’ll find everything from gorgeous Tiffany-style lamps and Murano glassware from Venice to old books, vinyl records and antique postcards. As far as clothing, you’ll have to dig through the piles for those truly great budget finds, like used Persol sunglasses and Armani dresses from the 1990s. Other open-air markets exist, and with some luck and a lot of walking it’ll be easy to stumble upon something great.