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Falter offers a somewhat outdated list of consignment stores.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...


Nick said...

Hi, I read, with interest, your Second Hand in a First Class City item after searching for similar in Vienna. I was looking for the equivalant of house clearance, garage, car boot sales and also second hand instruments which I haven't found yet. These things must go somewhere and I'm starting to wonder if the trend here is to throw away to land fill and buy new. Anyway good to hear there are like minded people around.

Kate said...

hi just discovered your blog and I think everything you said about how people dress in Vienna is so true! And it really is hard to find good vintage shops...
I would love for you to check out my blog:)
xx Kate

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