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In recent years, Belfast has seen a surge in the number of thrift stores specializing in vintage clothing, vinyls, books, and general knick-knacks. Whether you are looking to update your summer wardrobe with the fashions of yesteryear or just want to see what this retro-craze right now is all about, our guide to thrift shopping in Belfast will help you on your way to finding some unexpected forgotten gems.
Appropriately off the beaten track, this edgy establishment is perhaps the largest of any of the stores on this guide. As well as an impressive selection of fur coats, army jackets and boot-cut jeans, Octopus’s Garden also boasts a pretty impressive vinyl and CD collection, largely made up of donations from the general public. Upstairs, the ‘sale room’ can be found, in which everything can be bought for £5 (or £10 if you buy 3 items) ranging from vintage hats and caps to second-hand Irish-dancing costumes. The possibilities are endless here!
11a, Wellington St, Belfast, UK, +44 7563 147949
The only thing better than spending a few hours sifting through the forgotten gems in a thrift store is doing so while knowing the money you spend is going toward a fantastic cause. Oxfam Ireland do incredible work improving the lives of those in need both at home and abroad and you can be a part of this, all while finding the perfect retro ensemble. The fashions, trinkets and books are all reasonably priced which means you’re sure to find a bargain or two in this store! If it’s more second-hand literature you’re after, or perhaps some furniture, two further Oxfam stores can be found within walking distance.
88 Botanic Ave, Belfast, UK, +44 28 9031 5413