Sunday was a thrift store picking day and I went with a friend to this big thrift event that happens on the weekends at the Helsinki Ice Hall! To set up the fair, they used the corridors of the arena putting the exhibitors tables around it. As far as I could notice, anyone interested can set up their ‘shop’! They charge a fee of 27 euros on Saturday and 30 euros when it is on Sunday.
For those of you that might not know, Finns are fond of buying second-hand products, so there are many shops, thrift stores and internet pages regarding these features! And at the event, they had a bit of everything. From all kinds of clothes, shoes, accessories; to things from home, antiques and even items for collectors! Some stores seem to be more professional, but many others are from ordinary people that get together with friends or family, separate everything they do not use and sell them out!
And I really enjoyed it haha with less than 10 euros I bought a few sweaters that I needed – since winter is still going on up here – and I also found a cashmere sweater for my husband for only 5 euros! It’s really worth it and looking carefully you can still find branded clothes! I bought a Michael Kors sweatshirt for 3 euros! I was open-mouthed!
We also went to the Kierätyskeskus which is the recycling center! It is a store that sells all sort of used things and in good condition! I’ve been to both Espoo’s stores several times, but I’ve never been to the ones in Helsinki! Espoo’s store is very big and we bought several things for our house when we arrived! Their work is based on donations and they revert the money to social and environment causes!
You can also find some branded clothes there! I found an Abercrombie & Fitch sweater for only 3 euros! In total I think I did not spend even 25 euros! And I also got 4 more blouses from my friend, because she was going to donate them and they fitted me! Ahh and in the recycling center, they have a section with donation clothes as well! So if you’re lucky – as I was that day – you’ll find good clothes for free! With this I added a cardigan and another sweater to my kart! As you can tell, I managed to get many tops hahaha!
I love going to thrift shops around here and there are many different types of them! Some, only sell branded products – I have not been to those yet, but I’ll take a tour any of these days -, others are flea markets; and there are two other stores in addition to the recycling center that receive donations and revert everything to social causes! So you can find really cool pieces and make the energy of these clothes circulate without harming the environment!
Isn’t fantastic? In Brazil, it’s quite recent the habit of buying used things and we don’t have many shops like here. They are usually online shops and most of them prioritize branded itens and at the end of each year, many people do bazaars reverting the money to social causes too! Moving helped me to get rid of several things and I am happy to realize that I am not ashamed to say that I buy in thrift stores!
I think everyone should understand that we do not have to have everything new always and bought from the mall! We can buy beautiful clothes, that fit the same as a new one, saving natural resources! And of course – to be clear – I am not against buying new things! I also buy them when I see something cool and at a good price. But keeping the balance and don’t having a preconception, it’s a big plus!
Don’t you agree?