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Second Hand Shopping

14.5.2014 Text: Ida Martela & Annaliina Niitamo Photos: Jussi Hellsten / Helsinki Marketing
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We’re more than proud to say that second hand scene is alive and well in Helsinki. Among the traditional flea markets, there is a huge variety of vintage shops and stores with lots of new arrivals. Kallio and Punavuori are the number one areas when it comes to vintage shopping. However, budget chain stores like Fida, Reuse Center and UFF you can find in practically every corner of the city. HTW picked out our favorites!

Kallio

Hoochie Mama Jane in Kallio is the place to go to when you’re looking for a unique, ecological and stunning outfit for a special day. The shop has a fine variety of products from the beginning of the 20th century all the way to the 80’s with the main focus on 40’s, 50’s and 60’s clothes and accessories. Address: Agricolankatu 11

Olo-huone (Finnish word for living room) was opened last September in the heart of Kallio. As its name suggests the store offers unique pieces of furniture, interior products and clothes, all second hand of course. Alongside shopping you can enjoy the home-like atmosphere and coffee from Johan & Nyström. Address: Fleminginkatu 7

Frida Marina is the coolest mixture of a vintage boutique, self-service flea market, café and small interior design shop. Here you’ll get top service and a good chat with the local shop-keepers who treat their shop with the utmost love. Clothing styles revolve around the 60’7, 70’s and 80’s vibes, with great small leather bags and fairtrade jewelry. At the same premises, Moonk sells small interior design and hand-selcted items from around the world with a fairtrade and community-supporting mentality. Hand-made designer lamps from Japan, baskets from Africa and traditional Finnish dishes and ceramics. Do not miss this pearl on the Helsinki vintage-scene! Address: Kaarlenkatu 10

Ansa is a stylish and high-quality store especially with dresses from the 50’s and 60’s and other seasonal items and garments. Great purses and bags; good for shopping for neat, formal clothing. Ansa is one of the classic and original vintage stores in Helsinki with a loyal customer base. Fleminginkatu 8.

Welodrom – Clothes & Lifestyle is an exceptionally well-kept vintage boutique with carefully selected items from Europe and the U.S. The neat shop front and window lures any by-passer inside to fumble with the hip garments. Address: Fleminginkatu 5.

Sailor’s Tears Original Vintage Store. Unique vintage items for men: varsity jackets, collared shirts, flannels, sneakers, new Indigo Fera denim, leather jakcets, retro sports coats. Address: Kustaankatu 1. www.thesailorstears.tumblr.com

SOUL Vintage is a small and cosy boutique with clothes, accessoires, interior design and vintage furniture. Also new products and art from contemporary artists. During summer season, the shop also offers a possibility to rent vintage Jopo bikes from the 60’s and 70’s. Address: Helsinginkatu 6. 

Center

Variety is one of the latest arrivals in the Helsinki vintage scene! As an exception from many others it focuses on men’s clothing and most of it’s products come from the States. Variety’s selection includes both baseball and varsity jackets, university sweatshirts, sports leagues’ authentic game & fan shirts, caps, t-shirts and denim from past decades at good prices. Variety is known for brands suchas Alpha, Champion, Carhartt, Levi’s, LL Bean, Patagonia, Pendelton, Polo Sport and Starter. Any style-conscious hipster man knows where it’s at. It’s at Albertinkatu.
Address: Albertinkatu 31. www.varietysecondhand.com.

Helsinki Second Hand & Fasaani form a real treasure house in the heart of Punavuori! Once you get in, it’s hard to find your wait out from the basement full of design furniture, lamps, interior products and china. A dream come true for a vintage-lover!
Address: Korkeavuorenkatu 5.

Artek 2nd Cycle – Since the foundation of Artek in 1935, some 8 million Aalto stools have been sold worldwide. A few years ago Artek started to collect old Aalto chairs from flea markets, schools, elderly people’s homes and garages. Artek wanted to give these classics a new lease on life, an original opportunity to tell their story. They are called the 2nd Cycle. Find the famous Aalto stools and other prestigious Artek furniture at Pieni Roobertinkatu 4-6, or visit: www.2ndcycle.artek.fi. 

Play it again Sam sells and rents out vintage clothing from the late 19th century until the beginning of the 70’s. This classic vintage shop is amongst the first in Helsinki and is called the number one vintage boutique in Helsinki. Here you’ll get top class customer service, as the personnel will alter the garments according to your measurements. The shop is close to the Senate Square in the Kruununhaka district at Rauhankatu 2. 

Indian Summer Vintage Store is a super cool and hip cellar-store with live gigs and dj-nights in addition to the well-kept and clean clothes they sell. To some clothes, they’ve made interesting moderations. They also sell clothes from small designers and art books to complete the atmosphere! Address: Vuorikatu 22. www.indiansummersotre.com

Kaunis Veera is the oldest second hand shop in Finland. The styles are perhaps for a more mature, refined and traditional taste. You will not find your cut-off Levis’s here! Address: Albertinkatu 10. www.kaunisveera.net

Ruutu-Rouva is a classic and popular vintage store all the way from 1983. Clothes are from decades up until the 1970’s and represent high quality and long-lasting items. Address: Fredrikinkatu 16. www.ruutu-rouvaoy.com

Töölö

Penny Lane is a vintage classic in Helsinki, as it has been functioning since 1993. It sells clothes, shoes, bags and other accessories. Collectors items, fancy attire and design classics. Also smocks for men! Items from past decades come together into one fantastic and cozy 2-floor space to fight against the single-use clothing culture. Address: Runeberginkatu 37. www.pennylane.fi

Mekkomania is located in Töölö and offers women’s and children’s clothing, toys, accessories and small goods from the 80’s and earlier. Here you’ll find items for both daily life and special occasions. On their Facebook page facebook.com/mekkomania, you can find updated details of what’s new in store. Address: Mannerheimintie 21-23.

Enjoy making unique finds and tell us your tips on vintage and second hand shopping in Helsinki! 

 

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