The Best Places to Buy Vintage Furniture in Palma de Mallorca

Vintage patio chairs
Vintage patio chairs | © Ethan / Flickr

Vintage furniture is big business across most of Europe these days, and although the choice of places to shop in Mallorca is still relatively limited, this is changing rapidly. With a heavy expat Scandinavian influence, and many people furnishing second homes and rental apartments and villas across the island, interest in vintage design is certainly on the up. Since many smaller businesses – and sometimes even bigger ones – in Mallorca don’t have websites, it’s not always easy to find the places to go, so we’ve done the leg-work for you and come up with the best places to find that perfect piece of vintage furniture in the island’s capital.

1. Viveca

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This small but fantastic shop was once a garage, and is located in a quaint mews right in the heart of Palma’s old town. Interior designer Inigo Guell and his family relocated from Madrid to open Viveca, which has had mentions from Spanish Vogue and Architectural Digest (AD). Beautifully curated, the shop sells an eclectic mix of vintage design pieces, secondhand furniture and decorative items, as well as new pottery, hand-carved wooden items, baskets and linens, sourced from the family’s travels. The setting and the lovingly picked selection of new, rustic, and perfectly worn secondhand items makes for a fantastic photograph, so even if you can’t actually visit, the shop’s Instagram page is worth following.

2. Mon SXX

With very little internet presence, Mon SXX, in Palma’s old town is a bit of a hidden gem. A long corridor lined with large colourful artworks and vintage signs leads off to a couple of small cave-like rooms, piled with furniture and household objects – the kind of the rooms that you dig around in and occasionally find something really exciting. Further on is a larger, bright showroom, stocked with their more high-end pieces and a small courtyard with rustic garden furniture. Less chaotic than the ‘cave’ rooms, but still with lots to look at, walls are adorned with colourful contemporary art, while stunning vintage chairs sit next to industrial tables piled with interesting lamps, retro toys and objets d’art.

Costa de la Pols, 7, Palma, Spain, +34 658 840 465

3. In Progress

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A good-sized space with a small courtyard at the back, In Progress has a large and eclectic selection of furniture, household objects and artworks. Large sideboards are piled with retro crockery, old bottles, typewriters and vintage signs, and they also stock an impressive selection of old picture frames. This is a fun place to have a rummage in, the staff are very friendly, prices are reasonable and there is definitely treasure to be found. Slightly off the beaten track but still very central, the shop is on the outskirts of Santa Catalina, and easily walkable from the old town. In Progress are also involved in running a secondhand market held on the last Saturday (10am – 2pm) of every month in Plaza de la Glorieta Pau Casals, selling furniture clothes, books and other items.

Carrer d’Arnau Rossiñol, 12, Palma, Spain, +34 636 68 09 82

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4. Frida Watson Vintage

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Located in the fashionable Santa Catalina neighbourhood, Frida Watson Vintage is a real feast for the eyes if you are a fan of mid-century furniture. Think sleek Danish chairs, tables and sideboards, beautifully upholstered sofas, vintage print cushions, and walls adorned with Vitra clocks. Prices are steep, so it’s not somewhere to shop if you are bargain hunting or on a limited budget, but they do have an excellent selection and also sell a few smaller (and thus cheaper) homeware items. Immaculately laid out, and usually with a very enticing window display, this store also has an excellent website so you can also browse online.

5. Tony Malony

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A fun shop to look around, and a great place to find that quirky one-off piece you previously had no idea you just had to have, Tony Malony sells a fantastically eclectic array of vintage furniture, random objects and artworks. Industrial-style shelves are laden with retro toys, ethnic sculptures and vintage tins and suitcases, while furniture ranges from beautifully weathered, rustic, wooden cabinets to sleek, stylised mid-century European chairs. In amongst the vintage finds, there are also some new pieces, from contemporary art to Spanish-design chairs. The shop is located in Palma’s hip Santa Catalina neighbourhood, and as well as a cool website their blog is really worth following.

6. Sa Costa, Antiguitats i Disseny

A treasure trove of colourful and eclectic vintage and retro wonders, Sa Costa is definitely worth a visit. Old pinball machines sit amongst random vintage furniture, sculptures, toys, old tools and all sorts of decorative paraphernalia and household objects. There is a lot to look at, and it’s easy to miss items that are underneath or behind others, so it worth taking the time to properly look around. A great place to visit if you are looking for vintage toys and games, or something unusual for the house, but there are some beautiful pieces of furniture as well as the more kitsch items. The street itself is worth a visit – there are a couple of other vintage stores and some fine cafés.

Costa de Sa Pols, 7, Palma, Spain, +34 971 72 78 64

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