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Vintage shopping is sometimes the best way to explore a city like Venice. You’ll meet all sorts of interesting characters, from fashion-forward shopkeepers to local grandmothers. You’ll browse through the history of the city through all the minutiae and pieces of clothing that have been left behind and perhaps even find something perfect for you.
This is a well-curated boutique, focused on Italian vintage fashions. You can find really great pieces like embroidered cowboy boots and denim jackets from the 70s. They’ve also got a large collection of vintage swimsuits so you can swim out on the Lido in style.
The most plentiful antiques market in Venice is held at Campo San Maurizio, and you’ll find everything there from Murano chandeliers to antique books, to old postcards and vintage shoes. Their site will give you a sense of the schedule. Flea markets can pop up in Venice like mushrooms when the weather permits, so to get advance notice of where they’ll be you can follow this Facebook page, although it might be an incomplete listing. Ultimately, you’ll never know until you take a walk outside what you’ll find in Venice. Campo San Maurizio, Corte dei Miracoli, Campo Santa Margherita, Campo dei Frari and Riva degli Schiavoni towards the Giardini di Biennale are all places where markets appear.
Located next to the Miracoli church, this vintage shop is slightly more upscale. It’s not only full of great brand-name finds, but also pieces by young up-and-coming designers and recycled fashions. The owner comes from a fashion design background, so she brings her unique eye to the curation.
This eclectic shop is full of humor and loveliness, decked out in all kinds of underwater fittings to look like a mermaid’s bazaar. With items like 70s era lamps that look like disco hydrangeas to silvery jewelry inspired by the sea, it’s definitely worth a visit.
La Maison de la Sirenuse, Rio Tera dei Frari, 2614, 30100 Venice, Italy, +39 347 956 6360