Thursday, February 28, 2008

Little Joe's Gang

I originally set out to visit two stores recommended by Falter, only to find the first one had turned into another shop, and the second - FLO Nostalgische Mode (the mama of vintage in Vienna) - was currently closed. Just looking in its window, however, had me drooling over the gorgeous 50s and 60s dresses, coats and jewelry (in great condition). I can't wait to return next week! 

On my way home along Operngasse, I discovered a teeny little store displaying old shoes, some vintage clothes, many sunglasses - and cute printed t-shirts! The owner graduated from the University of Applied Arts and places his motives on good-quality tees, sweatshirts and bags (American Apparel, Fruit of the Loom). I bought the bag above for toting groceries home. If you can't find the motive you want in the right size or color, he will print it for you!

Little Joe's Gang
Operngasse 34, 1040 Wien
Mo-Fr 14 - 18, Sa 12 - 17

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Second Hand in a First Class City

I'm a lost soul living in Vienna, Austria, with a passion for vintage shopping but hardly anyone in town to share it with. For those of you who've never visited this "imperial city of central Europe", dressing in Vienna, as the phrase implies, is rather conservative and safe (designer from head to toe, uniform styling). You can tell which district you're in, not by looking at the street signs, but by what people are wearing. It's a real challenge to find chic and affordable clothes which have not been spawned by h&m, mango, or zara, but which don't make you seem somewhat of a nut job either. 

Style-wise, I probably don't stand out in a crowd either, usually shrouding myself in all-black (an inexpensive way to appear elegant!), or jeans and neutrals. The wonderfully creative blogs and sites I've discovered of late (check links), however, have not only reminded me that bundles of money are not necessary in building up a drop-dead wardrobe, but encouraged me in going a-thrifting more often for unusual accessories and clothes to enhance my otherwise plain outfits.

Thrifting in Wien:
Second-hand/vintage stores are few and far apart, and not all of them are for the budget-minded. Places I like to visit at the end of the month are:

If you like rummaging through tons and tons of stuff to possibly find one great piece, this is the place for you. My friend Stephanie, otherwise known as DJ Runcible Spoon from Crazy Hospital, and my second-hand idol, suggests getting through racks of clothes without losing your patience by just glancing at the fabric first and only pulling out what seems good quality or your color. 

Regular visits necessary, a treasure trove for super-cheap things for the home.

Saturday's Flohmarkt next to the Naschmarkt
Church fleamarkets: check dates here.

Don't forget that you can donate things YOU no longer want - maybe someone else will love them! My rule of thumb is - if I haven't worn it in a few years, I won't miss it anymore. Just throw your old clothes and shoes into a bag (clean and in good condition please!) and into recycling containers marked Humana, Caritas or Kolping.

For the somewhat larger budget (and for clothes you want to sell):
Falter offers a somewhat outdated list of consignment stores. I have visited and placed clothes in a few of these myself and have been thrilled to disappointed by the outcome. My mission here is to check out other and newer shops and report! You can help greatly by sharing your top/flop experiences.

My own latest finds, which are FOR SALE, can be seen on willhaben.atI will be posting pictures here too...