More and more shoppers are turning to thrift stores as a waste-free alternative to supporting the commercial fashion industry. Nowhere more so than in the Czech capital where a new generation of boutiques are appealing to eco-conscious customers with a talent for finding secondhand treasure.
These are a few notables among the newest crop of Prague secondhand and vintage shops where you’ll find sweaters, wool coats, denim, and even costumes just in time for the autumn/Halloween season:
Many local shops with an inventory of fabulous finds aren’t actually shops at all but pop-ups. Debuting earlier summer One Love thrift and consignment shop pops up at clubs, farmer’s markets, flea markets like Terminál Žižkov, and cafes. Next up find them at Swim club on October 19. Another pop-up thrift shop with a quite a following is 1981 Secondhand — now with an e-shop. Read more.
Někdo to rád vintage
A new space has opened for lovers of the vintage look in Vysočany. “Some like it vintage” specilazes in vintage fashion from the 1920-1990s. Here you can buy or rent vintage apparel and accessories; you’ll also find handmade products by local Czech designers. Anyone looking to make an afternoon of thrifting along Sokolovská should also check out the very worthy Naty Šaty, a wonderland of divine skirts, dresses, and handbags. Read more.
No, that’s not a typo, there’s an extra “e”. This newly opened shop in Hradčanská has a kind of confusing name on several levels (we’re pretty sure it’s not associated with Prague’s homeless population, that’d be Žižkov charity chop Transfer Station, also a great place to shop secondhand). Despite the naming issues, these Instagram favorites stock a lot of big-name vintage denim (including Levi’s and Guess) and racks upon racks of sweaters. Read more.
What began as a pop up, in recent years opened as a brick and mortar shop across from the Štěpánská tram stop and has quickly become a favorite thrift store known for its funky mix of secondhand pieces, upcycled fashions, and accessories by local designers. This autumn Crashily has launches its own brand of upcycled clothes created exclusively from secondhand items. It also has an e-shop, costume rental, and deep discounts on inventory at the end of each month. Read more.
Textile Mountain and LUV-1
LUV-1 is a newly opened space located in Letná. A studio and shop with a primary focus on local design and sustainability, it is connected with the Textile Mountain project, which recycles textile waste procured from Czech factories and designers into stunning fabrics, the first ecological “haberdashery of its kind in the Czech Republic. The space frequently hosts secondhand shopping events as well as designer sample sales featuring local designers. Read more.