Poke around little streets veering off the main avenues and you’ll find several vintage stores just waiting to be discovered, stocking abandoned items from the last few decades to secondhand international names. The search for a diamond amongst the rough is long, fun and highly rewarding; here, we give you the ten best places for vintage items in Rio.
Fast Fashion is a combination store of secondhand and vintage items. Here, you can pick up wonderfully unique and quirky items from the 80s, in addition to accessories from H&M and Zara, blending a mix of vintage and contemporary. The store often has top brand names as well, such as vintage bags from Chanel, Prada and Louis Vuitton, so it is worth rummaging through the store top to bottom to find such treasures. Recent items in store include oriental print dresses and colorful wooden clogs.
Open since 1998, this is one of the most solid names in vintage and secondhand pieces around. The store stocks items from the 50s, 60s and 70s, making it a vintage lover’s dream place to pick up unique items from the past. In addition to clothes for men and women, they also sell vinyls, futuristic looking lamps and retro-style furniture.
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This vintage store started off selling just objects and ornaments, but nowadays it offers a wide variety of clothes and accessories that come from various eras and come in several styles. The most sought after items here are the unique bags and hats that add a perfect twist to any outfit; the store also stocks a wide range of classic 80s dresses.
This secondhand store is a true mix of vintage pieces and more recent collections from national and international brands that have been donated or sold to the store. Have a look around for gorgeous clothes from unknown brands that make an impact. Then, add these discoveries to some of the most sought-after items in store — shoes from Manolo Blahnik, bags from Balenciaga and jeans from Diesel — to create an individual and one-off look.
Emporium do Futuro is mostly a secondhand shop. Based in Leblon, one of the most upscale neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, means that it receives mostly branded items and sells them for a largely discounted price. Here, you can pick up quality items from great names such as Lacoste and Juicy Couture, as well as a few vintage pieces. Look out for the gorgeous trench coats — they may not be necessary in Rio, but they are perfect when traveling to cooler countries.
Anexo Vintage in Gavea sells a mix of vintage and well-known brands such as Gucci, Prada and Pierre Cardin. It is a hotspot with the local socialites and well-known Brazilian artists. The store itself is beautiful with a warm and fuzzy atmosphere, making it a second hand store with all of the modern finishings.
Brechó do Casarão sells a mix of new, semi-new and old pieces of clothing, as well as plus-sized items. The store offers a unique personal shopper on Thursdays, which is a great way of getting a new perspective and idea of what style to try, and to uncover new and overlooked pieces.
Brechó do Adylson is based in Laranjeiras and offers a wide selection of clothes, from vintage pieces to more modern, second-hand pieces. All pieces are priced equally without consideration to brands, so this is the place to go to find the cheapest pair of original Prada shoes in the city. The store is fashion-conscious and keeps pieces in line with current-day trends.
Based in Lapa and open once a month on the first Saturday of the month, Feira Rio Antigo is one of the best places in Rio de Janeiro to buy vintage, secondhand and retro pieces. Over 400 stalls unfold along the street Rua do Lavradio with various collections of vintage clothes, accessories, bags, hats and shoes. Be prepared for some hardcore rummaging, but know that you will find some items you like. Look out for the stall Totolinha — it is a store that has a stall at this fair each month and stocks wonderful accessories and quirky clothes.
This vintage store stocks all varieties of fashion items, from bags, shoes and clothes to accessories. Many of the brands are secondhand items from large national names such as Farm, Espaço Fashion and Shop 126, and are a great way to get these items on the cheap. This store also stocks vintage shoes and sandals, which are perfect for a night out in Rio.