I don’t know about you, but I love a spot of good ol’ fashioned second-hand shopping. It’s something about all those pre-loved items that makes me miss the days of blossom hats (remember those!?), high waisted denim jeans, and beige floral prints. I’m thinking 90s here, can you tell?
And coming from a long line of op-shop (that’s Australian for opportunity shop, which is English for thrift store) lovers, I spent the majority of my childhood in hand-me-downs and choice pieces of clothing found at St. Vincent’s charity stores. Considering kids grow out of/cover all of their clothes with tomato sauce within one week of purchasing them, getting your kids in some funky vintage threads isn’t a bad idea.
The team at Agenda came up with a great list of second-hand stores. However, if wrapping your kids up in old school band tees isn’t your thing, a lot of these stores are located in Beijing’s cool hutong districts. So even if you don’t buy anything, it will make for a great day out.
Here are some solid vintage shopping options:
Mega Mega Vintage True to its name, Mega Mega Vintage pays homage to the Cool Britannia style of decades past, with gramophones and Andy Warhol and Sex Pistols prints adorning the walls. Vintage clothes fill every available space: dig around and you’ll find 1960s-style skirts (RMB 120), Moschino heels (RMB 780), and dapper waistcoats (RMB 139). Nestled in the corner is the only changing room in Beijing (that we know of ) built to resemble a red British telephone box. Daily 11am-8pm. 241 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 5637) 东城区鼓楼东大街241号
BrandNu A place where you can donate your old clothes, books, magazines, trinkets and other accessories, and pick up as-goodas- new goodies of like kind. Tue-Sun, 10am-10pm, closed Mon. 61 Wudaoying Hutong (just west of Vineyard Cafe), Dongcheng District (150 1115 3421) 东城区五道营胡同61号
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