When it comes to thrifting, Ukraine is a hidden gem. Low prices and a huge range of goods tempt tourists from all over the world. However, thrifting is a lottery. But no guts, no glory, right? Read our guide to the best places and be ready to become an explorer.
Petrivka (a distant part of the historic district of Kiev — Podol) has long been the major flea area of the capital. It has the spirit of the Soviet 90s: on the tablecloths, there are Chinese dishes, old analogue cameras, decorative items, as well as vintage clothes and jewellery. Despite the exact address (Petra Dehtyarenka St, 19, former Verbnaya St), the flea market stretches through the whole street up to the beginning of the bordering Stepana Bandery Avenue.
A secret place for thrifting hides from the public in the pavilions of the International Exhibition Centre (where the Eurovision 2017 was held) near the metro station Livoberezhna. The venue is called Club of collectors and is organized exclusively on every last Saturday of the month from 6 am. The sellers come from the former CIS countries to offer a wide range of goods: from kitchen utensils to military orders. The prices vary from incredibly cheap to sky-high, but after spending some time in the market and having a good bargain, you can catch hold of something unique and valuable.
The Vernissage is a market of souvenirs and gifts. It is located in the city centre, nearby the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre and open all year-round. If you are looking for memorable and exclusive pieces from Ukraine, this is definitely the place to go. The stalls of the Vernissage market are full of handmade accessories, décor items made of natural wood and leather. Traditional Ukrainian shirts (vyshyvanka) are of special interest, as most of them are embroidered by hand.
A legendary wholesale and retail market of manufactured goods are called the Seventh-Kilometre, as it is located 4.3 miles (7 km) from Odessa city. It has operated since 1989 and is considered to be the largest market not only in Ukraine but in Europe. The number of stalls is immense, as the place contains 20,000 warehouses, pavilions and shops. In recent years, the Seventh-Kilometre developed its infrastructure and can fairly be compared to a separate city of retail.