Mercado de las Puglas
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm (May – August), 10am – 8pm (September – April)
Costume seekers and bargain-hunters alike will love this little gem in the unassuming working class neighborhood of Almagro. Items of clothing will cost you the equivalent of a few dollars (or less!), but watch out – most of them are decidedly not clean (in fact, you should probably wash your hands once you leave the place). Still, if you’re willing to root around a little bit – the clothing is literally in piles – it’s hard to leave empty-handed. Where: Rivadavia 3484, just down the street from the Line A “Loria” metro strop.
You could easily while away some time trying on vintage clothing along Lavalle Street (around where it intersects with Jean Jaures). Located behind the historic Abasto shopping mall, there are numerous little places to pop into. Just make sure you don’t go on a Sunday or during siesta (2pm – 5pm), when most will be closed.
Buenos Aires’ Salvation Army, the El Ejército de Salvación – situated in the neighborhood of Pompeya – is well worth the trip because the place is huge. There you’ll find the expected assortment of random second-hand items, but they will be cooler, because you’re in Argentina. While in Pompeya, check out Cottolengo Don Orione, another non-profit donation store also offering a curious selection of random items.
El Ejército de Salvación, Aveida Sáenz 580, Pompeya, Buenos Aires
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am – 17:30pm. Saturdays from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Cottolengo Don Orione, Cachi 566, Pompeya, Buenos Aires
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 12pm & 1:30pm – 5pm; Saturdays 8:30am – 12:30pm. Closed Sundays.