The boom in the sale of second-hand clothing is an unstoppable reality. You only have to walk through the center of Madrid, specifically through the streets of Valerde and the surrounding Malasaña neighbourhood, to realize the proliferation of used clothing stores, or as they are also called vintage. This market not only promotes a model of responsible and sustainable consumption, favoring the prevention of waste in the textile sector, one of the most polluting in the world, but also favors saving and renovation of the wardrobe without spending a lot of money.
There are all kinds: specialized in sportswear, footwear, t-shirts, accessories and even luxury brands. For those who are not into the digital world or apps like Vinted or Wallappop and are physically searching the shelves and racks, trying on clothes and buying clothes that they probably won't see anyone else wearing, we recommend shopping around the establishments that we mention below; a selection of some of the most renowned second-hand shops in Madrid.
Barcelona, 13; Infantas, 40 and Lagasca, 54.
The brand was born in 2018 as the largest second-hand and vintage fashion store in Europe, however, two years later, it had to close its huge store on Calle Atocha and diversify. Today, it has three stores distributed around the center, each one different. Barceló, 13 has brand name garments, such as Adidas, Nike, Fila, Lacoste, Levis, Wrangler, Lee... intended mainly for men. Infantas 40, also known as Archive Sneakers, specializes in unique, exclusive and vintage sneakers and is located in a centenary premises that was the headquarters of the legendary Benítez Tailoring. Finally, Vintage Therapy (Lagasca, 54), the place in the heart of the Salamanca district focused on the sale of second-hand and vintage luxury brands. The brand also sells online. More information at www.vintalogy.es.
Vestiaire Vintage by Agustín Liébana
Diego de Leon, 34.
This store is a mecca for second-hand luxury. It sells (also buys) accessories from brands such as Gucci, Prada, Hermès, Channel, Louis Vuitton... with the guarantee of authenticity. From bags, shoes and belts to scarves, ties, wallets... The purchase is made in the physical store, not online. More information at http://vestiairevintage.com/
In the heart of Malasaña, this store specializes in the sale of clothing, accessories and objects from different decades: shoes, belts, handbags, sunglasses, ties... and all kinds of clothing of any style. The stock is purchased only from registered wholesalers around the world and can be found from a €20 Hawaiian shirt to a €30 vintage Lacoste vest. It also has an online store: www.magpie.es.
High slide of San Pablo, 4.
Pop fashion garments and accessories. Among her treasures, Adidas sweatshirts, Levi's jeans, Converse and Vans sneakers, Soda Pop bikinis, Swatch glasses, methacrylate earrings... You can also buy them from her Instagram account.
Alphaville Vintage Shop
Velarde, 7; Velarde, 16 and Leon, 29.
In the three Alphaville stores, sportswear and casual clothing stand out, such as the colorful jackets and sweatshirts of the brands Adidas, Reebok, Puma... Also old jerseys from various football, baseball and basketball (NBA) teams, windbreakers leather or denim, military or fur coats, cowboy boots... They also have vinyl, posters, lamps and all kinds of retro details.
The Czech Mona
Hats, caps, jumpsuits, t-shirts, shorts, miniskirts, tracksuits, shirts, sweatshirts... everything you could wish for from other times can be found on the shelves and coat racks of this store in Malasaña. In addition, sunglasses, seventies swimsuits, clip earrings, leather bags and even party clothes. Every Friday at 2:00 p.m. They update their website with the incorporation of new vintage garments. More information at https://lamonacheca.com/
Williamsburg Vintage Clothes
Another of the stores on Calle Velarde in Madrid where you can find everything: joggers, jackets, fanny packs, coats, trench coats, bags, jeans...
Johnny and Velvet
In the heart of the La Latina neighborhood, this place that includes a small cafeteria, with tables and chairs, and an art gallery, has fashion and accessories for men and women from the 80s and 90s, such as bombers, Hawaiian shirts, Levis 501, overalls, vests, sailor shirts, cardigans, baseball jackets...
Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo, an organization that since 1987 has promoted the protection of the environment through the reuse of textiles and that has 45 second-hand stores in Spain (23 in Madrid). According to sources from the foundation, they sold more than four million items in 2020 despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic. The 1.2 million customers they had in 2015 attracted by reused clothing went to 1.9 million before the pandemic. Its stores sell all kinds of clothes and accessories, also for children, from 1 to 2 euros. The ones that sell the most are those of Alcalá, 312; Marcelo Usera, 70; Albufera Avenue, 15; Paseo de las Delicias, 55 and Alcalá, 171.
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