Thrift shopping in Cape Town is on the rise as more people become aware of the benefits of sustainable fashion.
So what’s the hype about?
There are many reasons to thrift shop that are not limited to saving money and reducing your carbon footprint. You’re likely to find one-of-a-kind unique luxury pieces at thrift stores, and it doesn’t hurt a bit that you’ll be paying a fraction of the original cost. Second-hand clothing also tends to last longer and is made of quality material, generally made before ‘fast fashion’ started. Many thrift stores are connected to a local charity, so you are essentially supporting the community by purchasing from second-hand stores.
Major trends from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s are back in style, and an easy way to get into the throwback spirit is by shopping vintage and second-hand. Pop into one of Cape Town’s many thrift stores the next time you’re in the mood to go shopping.
Here are some stores to explore:
Secondhand Rose is the original vintage ladies’ clothes shop which opened in Cape Town in 1971. Explore a treasure trove of vintage clothing including designer labels at bargain prices, costume jewellery, accessories and other desirable items
- Location: Cavendish Close, Warwick Street, Claremont, Cape Town
- Website: www.secondhandrose.co.za
BangBang Vintage Market
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – A much-loved store amongst the locals of Obs. Shop men’s and ladies’ vintage clothing, accessories and other desirable items.
- Location: 65 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town
- Website: Facebook.com/BangBangVintageMarkets/
The Milnerton Flea Market
The Milnerton Flea Market in Cape Town is also known as Cape Town’s famous bargain hunters’ destination. The market offers a wide variety of antiques, furniture, preloved clothing and bric-a-brac with enough food stalls to leave you spoilt for choice.
- Location: 126 Marine Dr, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town
- Website: www.milnertonfleamarket.co.za
Anything Goes Hout Bay
Anything Goes resells good quality second-hand furniture at affordable prices. The store stocks a good mixture of interesting vintage-style items, bric-a-brac, household furniture & appliances.
- Location: 45 Victoria Avenue, Hout Bay, Cape Town
- Website: www.anythinggoeshoutbay.co.za
Kids grow quickly so most children’s pre-owned clothing is in excellent condition, as they are almost always rarely worn. Tantrum is a second-hand children’s clothing and toy shop for ages 0 -10 years. Shop pre-loved international and speciality local brands, at amazing prices.
- Location: 284 Main Rd & Kenilworth Rd, Kenilworth, Cape Town
- Website: www.facebook.com/tantrumkiddies
Chic Mamas Do Care
Shop for a worthy cause by purchasing pre-owned luxury and international brands at discounted prices. All proceeds go to support educational projects in underprivileged areas.
- Location: 70 Constantia Main Road, Wynberg, Cape Town
- Website: www.chicmamasdocare.org
Hidden Treasure is a group of charity shops throughout South Africa that funds various chosen organizations affiliated with the Baptist Women’s Department of Southern Africa. Browse your nearest store to find hidden treasures of furniture, linen, ornaments, paintings, kitchenware, electrical appliances, cutlery and crockery, pots and pans, clothing, jewellery, cosmetics, shoes, hats, tools, toys, games, books and magazines, sporting equipment, stationery… everything and anything!!
- Location: Visit their website to find your nearest store
- Website: www.hiddentreasure.co.za
Afraid of Mice
Afraid of Mice is a vintage boutique store which sells high-end women’s luxury clothing and accessories. Purchase designer labels and classic one-of-a-kind pieces at discounted prices.
- Location: 99 Harrington Street, Cape Town
- Website: www.facebook.com/AfraidOfMice
Explore these and the many more thrift stores located all around Cape Town.
Picture: Chic Mamas Do Care / Facebook