The city’s second-hand store culture is up and coming, with new locations opening all the time, filling in the gap in the market for thrift or vintage stores. Many of these stores contain designer items at high reduced costs and are well worth a rummage.
Mercado Internacional is an second hand thrift store located in the Marly neighbourhood of Bogotá. The store is fairly well organised and specialises in men’s clothes, jackets and coats. In Mercado Internacional second hand bargains can be found after a little searching.
Universitarios 2 is a second-hand thrift store situated on Avenue Caracas, within the Marly neighbourhood of the city. This store is organised, and clothes are displayed in an ordered manner, making products easy to find. Universitarios 2 is a great place to find bargain, especially with men’s clothes and outerwear.
Universitarios 2, Avenue Caracas #50-08, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 5106375
William Rodriguez is a thrift store located in Marly close to Avenue Caracas. This thrift store is a great place to find women’s clothes as well as handbags – after a search through the unorganised arrangements, bargains can be found so it’s definitely worth taking time to discover bargains and one-of-a kind items.
San Victornio is a flea market-style area close to Bogotá’s historic district. San Victornio stretches over a vast area, with a large number of indoor mall sections, underground stores, and upstairs stores – every square inch of this area contains a store or flea market-style store. In San Victornio visitors can buy anything and everything, from clothes to home goods and cleaning products. Divided into sections, each area contains a number of stores selling similar products – it’s a great place to buy a bargain and negotiate prices.
San Alejo Mercado de Pulgas is a Sunday flea market containing a large number of stalls selling vintage products and antique products, as well as art and gifts. Many of these stalls offer or resell second-hand items, meaning it’s a great place to negotiate and discover bargains. Covering two blocks, this market is a popular place for visitors on Sundays and a good place to take in the atmosphere and culture.
Usaquén’s Sunday market is a bustling area containing a number of smaller sub-markets all over the colonial neighbourhood. Locals and visitors travel from all over the city to discover and purchase unique artisanal handmade products or souvenirs, as well as delicious fresh foods and craft items. Usaquén provides the perfect colonial and historic backdrop for the market, with small streets, cathedral, lively plaza and delicious one-of-a-kind restaurants serving breakfast, brunch and lunch.
Librería Errata is a unique second-hand store, specialising in antiques, books, furniture and decorations. Located in a busy university and business neighbourhood, this store sells new books and buys books to resell in all genres from architecture and art, through to literature and philosophy. The store specialises in quirky, traditional and ordinary products, but has a large book, art and postcard section.
Librería Errata, Carrera 9 #61-16, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 2496234
Vintage Lab is a thrift second-hand store located in the Chapinero neighbourhood of Bogotá. Owned and run by Natalia and Andrea Lopez, whose passion for antiques sees them spending time searching for unique items at flea markets all over the city, even venturing overseas to find items, Vintage Lab opened in 2006 when they discovered a gap in the market for vintage clothes. Today they have a thriving store, filled with incredible finds and designer items, sold at very reasonable prices.
Chiros Elegantes is a vintage thrift store located in Chapinero, Bogotá, and is home to unique vintage and second-hand goods. Diana Lucia Giraldo Gomez, an ex-lawyer, decided to follow her passion and open a vintage store selling clothes, accessories, purses, handbags and many more products. Diana picks out and sources every item, and specialises in selling second-hand designer products at reasonable prices. Her store is vibrant and resembles a treasure trove, containing a large number of items.
Chiros Elegantes, Carrera 11 #67-32, Bogotá, Colombia, + 57 1 3104922
Cambalache Vintage is a vintage second-hand store located in the north of Bogotá, close to the Usaquén neighbourhood, featuring a wide range of clothes, for children, women and men. Cambalache Vintage works by individuals giving the store products on consignment for a period of up to three months – if the product is sold within this time, the store receives 50% of the profits and the other 50% goes to the previous owner. If the product is not sold within this time, the previous owner can receive the items back or they can be donated to charity.
Cambalache Vintage, Carrera 7bis #123-45, Bogotá, Colombia, +57 1 5238183
Las Aguas is a Sunday market located in a car park close to La Candelaria, where you can find up to 80 stalls selling second-hand quirky items, clothes, furniture, vinyls and CDs among a large number of other products. While you won’t find your traditional artisan products here, there is a great deal of vintage on offer in this relaxed environment, the perfect place for practising Spanish and meeting locals.