Top 10 Vintage shops in Valencia

Valencia is a city where you can walk around aimlessly for days and still not get bored of the abundance and vibrancy of colours, street art, cafe’s, parks and many different little shops. Of course, with such a great vibe, there’s bound to be some real vintage treasures to be found. Do you love vintage shopping and finding a unique vintage souvenir when visiting a different city? Here is my Top 10 of vintage shops in Valencia.


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1. Madame Mim

Calle Puerto Rico 30, Russafa, Valencia 46006
Hours 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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Dimly lit as if entering the costume department of a 1920s theatre, you will find a weird and wonderful cabinet of curiosities. Glamourous sequined evening wear from bygone eras, retro telephones, a wall full of shoes, sparkly jewellery and racks of wearable vintage fashion, all reasonably priced. They call themselves a ‘second hand freak shop‘, but this is certainly one of the best vintage shops in Valencia.


2. Flamingos Vintage Kilo

Calle Cadiz 17, Russafa, Valencia 46006
Hours 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Packed with fashion from mainly the 1980s and 90s, this shop is a great place to stock up on vintage jeans, dungarees, crop tops, maxi skirts and floral dresses. Also the perfect place for guys to get kitted out with a cool hawaiian shirt and denim jacket.

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3. Aiecle vintage store

Calle Cádiz 26, Russafa, Valencia, 46006


Probably the one with the best shop front of any of the vintage shops in Valencia, there is no way you will walk past this one. Aiecle Vintage Store is located just around the corner from Flamingos Vintage Kilo in Russafa. The shop stock is similar, with plenty of colourful 1980s and 90s vintage to choose from. Wearable outfits for OK prices.

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4. Used

Calle Pinzón 1, Old town, Valencia 46003
Hours 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Used is a popular shop, online and offline and sells quality vintage, ranging from 1980s sports wear to vintage Levi’s denims. The hipster in you will drool over its collection. Find Used in the old town in the centre of Valencia.

5. Needles & Pins Vintage

Calle En Bou 3, Old town, Valencia 46001
Hours 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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A gem of a vintage shop right in the middle of the historic city centre of Valencia. Here you will find a colourful collection of vintage and handmade clothing and accessories. Plenty to choose from, whether you are on the hunt for a special summer dress or a cute top.

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6. Ruzafa Vintage

Vintage for the home has not really caught on here in Valencia yet, but there are some great little shops if you look for them. For midcentury furniture and retro accessories, try Ruzafa Vintage in Calle Puerto Rico. A mix of chairs, storage, lots of lighting and smaller items. And a lovely purple shop front.

7. Second Chance

Gran Vía Germanías 41, Valencia 46006 map
Hours 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Now don’t be put off by its unattractive shop front, because inside it is a treasure trove. Find anything from Atari computers to 100 year old oil paintings, and from vintage trunks to second-hand bikes. Prices can be a bit steep for some things, but nothing says you can’t try and do a bit of haggling. Worth a browse, for sure. Find it on the edge of Russafa, along the busy Gran Via near Estación del Norte .


8 Studio vintage

Calle Purisima 8 bajo, Old town, Valencia 46001
Hours 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Closed on weekends.
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A lot more upmarket than the previous shop and particularly interesting if you actually live in Valencia and want to invest in some gorgeous midcentury pieces for your home. But we can look, right? This shop sells vintage design from Spain, France, Britain and Scandinavia. Go here for a good sideboard, some funky lighting or a comfy teak Danish armchair.

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9. El Monstruo


Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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El Monstruo is one of the vintage shops in Valencia offering a fabulous eclectic mix of vintage, customised and handmade. There is in fact an in-house taylor. You can choose a vintage fabric and get your own shirt made. If you want to browse ready-made clothes, there is plenty on the racks, ranging from 1950s petticoats to cute sixties blouses and much more.

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vintage shops in valencia


10. Sabotage

Calle Purísima 5, Old town, Valencia 46001
Hours 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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This concept store and gallery,  across from Studio Design in the old town of Valencia, has a wonderful mix of art, prints, handmade and vintage finds. Some amazing framed artwork as well as screen printed bags and other handmade items by local artists. Well worth a look.

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vintage shops in valencia

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Urban cool on Easter Sunday in Aberdeen: street art and vintage

There are a zillion things to do when  you’re looking for Easter themed activities around here. Egg hunting at every castle estate around the Shire is one of them! If you fancy something a bit different this year – or you’re just not that much into chocolate (is there such a thing?) – here’s a suggestion for an alternative itinerary for a pleasant Easter Sunday in Aberdeen. Once you have polished off plenty of hot cross buns at your Easter brunch, put on your comfy shoes and head into town.

NUART Aberdeen 

The team behind Stavanger’s street art festival NUART has come to Aberdeen this Spring and is adding some much needed colour and art to the granite city. Eleven international artists have worked hard over the past week to create their works of street art and the results look impressive. The drab looking exterior of Aberdeen’s indoor market has been improved greatly with a huge, gorgeous drawing. Numerous other grey walls, old doors and forgotten corners of the city have also been used as canvases by the artists.

Street art in progress by Martin Whatson

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Street art by Alice Pasquini

The festival starts on the 12th of April and continues until Easter Sunday with lots of events including talks, film screenings and creative workshops. On Saturday there is the UK premiere of Saving Banksy at the Belmont cinema. For this Sunday however – and to keep in with the Easter spirit – I recommend the Easter Sunday Street Art Hunt: find six hidden artworks around the city centre by following the hints provided (pick up a paper sheet from Cafe 52 on the Green). You win an Easter Prize if you capture the art on camera and return to Cafe 52 to show it.

If you’ve got kids with you, you could start off early and also take part in Chalk Don’t Chalk, to create your own chalk street art pieces, with professional artists on hand to teach and guide children on their designs (at 11am on the roof garden of St Nicholas shopping centre). For the full programme of events and other info please visit www.nuartaberdeen.co.uk.

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Old Togs New Tricks Vintage Fayre

Then, of course, it wouldn’t be Nina’s Apartment if there wasn’t a bit of vintage thrown into the mix. My favourite local vintage fair is back this spring at Underdog, with lots of quality traders bringing their gorgeous unique wares to this quirky little venue. Whether it is an original floaty seventies dress you want for your summer wardrobe or a sleek mid century design collectable to add to your home, there is plenty to see and buy and rummage through.

Traders include The Closet, Peapod, Vi Vinyl, Louis Little Haven, Very Vintage, RetroriginalUK, The Vintage Collection, Black Cat Vintage, Heather D, Re-Store, Quinneys Antique Jewellery & Marcia Wilkes MUA – Glitter Bar.

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Vintage clothes by The Closet

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Cool retro kitchenalia and glassware by Very Vintage

Being held in a nightclub with low lighting and an industrial interior gives it a great vibe and makes it stand out from any other vintage fair you’ve ever been too. Oh, and there’s a bar, perfect to finish off your Sunday with a tasty craft beer or two, which you’ll definitely deserve after all that walking. Happy Easter!

Old Togs New Tricks Fayre. Underdog, 1 Union Street, Aberdeen. Sunday 16 April, 12-5pm. Entry free

 

Shop vintage in Aberdeen: Old Togs New Tricks Vintage Fayre

The season of vintage fairs is starting to kick off again now the school holidays are finished and I am super pleased to be taking part in my first fair since a big fire ruined the Nina’s Apartment shop back in April this year. On Sunday 4th of September you can find me selling my quirky collection of wares at the Old Togs New Tricks Vintage Fayre in Aberdeen, in industrial cool club Underdog down in the basement of the Brewdog Castlegate pub on Union Street. It is held on Sunday the 4th of September, 12noon to 5pm. Admission free.

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I am proud to be sitting amongst some of the best vintage traders in the area, all of whom dedicate their time sourcing high quality authentic vintage, which is not that easy nowadays. Coming to a fair like this will therefore be a great opportunity to pick up that original retro lamp shade, sixties coffee set, crazy psychedelic seventies dress or just something beautiful that has no other function than to sit on a shelf and gather dust. There will be furniture, home decor, records, clothing, jewellery, ceramics and collectables. Plenty to rummage through and fill your house with, that’s for sure. And if you like your beers better than your handbags, then you can always join in with the beer tasting.

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The first Old Togs New Tricks Fayre held in May 2016 – photo: Underdog

Here’s the impressive line-up of traders:

V1 Vinyl
Nina’s Apartment
Peapod
Quinneys Antique Jewelery
Very Vintage
Curtis & Clementine
Kelly & her collection
Milly & Lucy
Grab Ur Coat UK
Re-Store
The Closet – Vintage
Louis Little Haven
Beard Oils ….

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Photo: Underdog

I have been told there will also be music, food and drinks – a welcome change from the usual pink cupcakes and tea in floral teacups served at many a vintage fair. There! I said it! Please don’t shoot me! I am looking forward to it anyway, I hope you do too.

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Photo: Underdog


Old Togs New Tricks – Vintage Fayre

Sunday 4th of September 12noon-5pm
Underdog, Brewdog Castlegate – Union Street Aberdeen
Entry free

Vintage trader of the month: The Closet

The North east of Scotland really is full of gems when it comes to vintage shops and traders selling their finds online or at local fairs. They are all spread widely, hidden in quiet corners and back alleys and often still unknown to many in the area. I felt it was time to shine a light on the people who dedicate their time to the trade and travel far and wide to find the best vintage treasures. This month we meet Elane Colville-Arthur from The Closet, vintage clothing store in Aberdeen.

The Closet, based in Aberdeen city centre, was established in 1980 (1980! That makes it vintage in itself!) and was originally located in the now gone Woolmanhill Court. Nowadays it is tucked away in a little alleyway called Jopps Lane, parallel to George Street. The boutique, dedicated to fashion, is an absolute treasure trove of gorgeous vintage clothing and accessories, with the odd groovy retro lamp or coffee set thrown in with the eclectic mix. Elane owns the business since the summer of 2005. I asked her about what makes her so passionate about vintage.

Elane, please tell us how it all started for you at The Closet

I’m one in a long line of “custodians” who have looked after the shop – or this is how I like to view my position. When I purchased the store – after dropping in one lunchtime on hearing a rumour she was for sale – she was already in her current location. One month later I was handed the keys and opened. No stock take, no till even and a mountain of old clothing to work through. Weirdly enough I had worked in a vintage clothing store in Melbourne, Australia years before whilst traveling and the store was called Out of The Closet! It seemed like fate. When I contacted the owners of the store in Melbourne they said “you can’t see green cheese”… Typical Ozzy reply! Since then I have given the shop a brand and established her place on social media. My hope for the shop in the future is that another young woman or guy will come along and carry on her journey.

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Why are you so passionate about vintage?

I’m passionate about everything in my life – this is how I’m made – 100%, full speed ahead, life is too short not to enjoy yourself, cup half full kinda’ girl, so I’m the same about my beloved vintage. I’ve had a love affair with vintage all my life. I think it comes from being part of a large family and having to deal with hand me downs, but I also have a strong yearning to make my own way, not follow the herds and to stand out and be different. No one can accuse The Closet stock of being boring or run-of-the-mill! I love to search out and find those one-off pieces. If it’s boring, I don’t accept it. Sometimes this attitude can work against me being in a town in the North East of Scotland as I think my eccentric, colourful stock is probably more suited to a larger city where people are keener to stand out. But, then again, we do have our fair share of customers who love our collections and keep coming back.

I love finding one-off beauties and rare pieces. To then find them their forever homes is the icing on the cake! It is great when a fellow enthusiast come in and finds her perfect piece. I like pieces from so many eras but have a special place in my heart for all things Art Deco and the 1970’s. Two entirely different eras but I love them both. You also can’t beat the quality of the garments and the craftsmanship of the designers and manufacturers of the past. I have often had scouts in from design houses in London looking for pieces to inspire new lines and they have informed me that they often are able to re-learn ways of constructing pieces due to vintage finds. A wonderful cycle of fashion.

What makes The Closet stand out from other vintage shops in the area?

The Closet is special and unique in Aberdeen as she is the oldest surviving vintage shop in the area. We have been joined in the last few years by many other stores and many more traders but The Closet has the heritage and pedigree plus kudos of a long history. Can you believe she was originally called a “period shop”? She is special as we do not only sell vintage fashion (accessories etc) but we also hire out original clothing items from the past for vintage themed events. It has been more than once that we received the “best dressed” award at a party. It is so much fun to be part of this.

What is the weirdest and most beautiful thing you ever sold?

Ha! This is a tough question as I’ve had many strange items in over the years including a monkey hide coat (which we turned away!) and crocodile skin bags with their feet still attached. The most beautiful thing …. also hard! I’m a Libra and very visual. I can see beauty in fabrics, cuts, colours and prints but also in the arm of a chair or leg of a table. I recently re-homed a French lace wedding dress to a beautiful young bride. That was truly special.

What do you like about your job?

What’s not to like? I love being my own boss. I love the varied and interesting people I meet. I love all the wonderful vintage traders I’ve met over the years and how so many of them are now friends who have helped and supported me through many turbulent times. I love finding stock. I love the thrill of the chase. Treasure hunting and equally finding the perfect home for the pieces. I love the stories behind the scenes too! I once had a gents 3-piece suit, painstakingly stitched together by a young bride-to-be’s father (after he came home from his hard days work) to allow him to give his daughter away in style! That suit was named “Made with Love” and was re-homed quickly!

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What is the biggest challenge in running your vintage business?

The biggest challenge is translating my passion for what I do into paying for the ‘real-world’ things like rent and bills. This is the grown-up part to the business and for a creative person this is not so easy. I persist though and thus far I have managed to carry on.

Why should people buy vintage?

People should buy what they love – if that happens to be vintage, all the better! Buying vintage clothing means they are buying, undoubtedly, good quality original and often classic pieces. They are helping the planet by recycling and reloving items. They are buying quirky and individual pieces. They are using their creativity to put items together, to go their own way and not follow the high street “trends”. They are being themselves.

Visit The Closet:

32 Jopps lane, Aberdeen
tel 01224 625450
www.theclosetvintage.co.uk

Opening times
During school term times – Sun & Mon closed / Tues & Wed 9.30am-2.30pm / Thurs 9.30am-4pm / Fri & Sat 9.30am-5pm
In school holidays: Sun & Mon closed / Tues – Sat 9.30-5pm

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