Berlin

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The perfect city for wandering, Berlin is full of cafés, bars, and beautiful shops to browse with photo booths dotted around and no shortage of second hand offerings. Even just walking to our nearest station in Friedrichshain, where we stayed, there were plenty of thrift stores and antique shops to browse!

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After visiting the Bauhaus Archiv museum (which I recommend, especially if you can catch the Vassily Kandinksy exhibition they have currently) we came across Garage, a sizeable retro shop where we easily whiled away a good hour or so. With a kilo sale section, this is the place to go for an impressive range of 60s through to 90s clothing and accessories in all patterns imaginable at a reasonable price.

Wandering around Neukölln particular highlights were Aura, which had the most beautiful collection of vintage kimonos I have ever seen, and Sing Blackbird, a vintage boutique and café. Both on Sanderstrasse, these shops were well laid out with a carefully selected array of items and I got myself a lovely little 80s tapestry handbag in Sing Blackbird.

We dedicated our last day in Berlin to shopping in the Prenzlauer Berg/ Mitte area. Made in Berlin had some great garments and my friend got a wonderfully colourful 80s jacket. We also found the most beautiful white dress with embroidered fruits and vegetables on the bodice…I would have totally bought it had it not been, unfortunately, slightly out of my price range! I am definitely going to jazz up some of my clothes with little embroidered fruity delights.

Around the corner from Made in Berlin there was an Urban Outfitters which I can never resist popping in, and I got a new eye ring in their sale (I have a bit of a collection of such jewellery!).

A little further on was Garments, a very high end vintage boutique with beautiful clothing and lots of lovely shoes. There was a particularly eye catching multi-coloured sequin number on display at the front which initially enticed us into the shop.

Aside from vintage, Berlin is full of beautiful boutiques and independent designer shops such as Potipoti which had some fabulous watermelon knitted dresses in the window.

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With such a wealth of thrift stores, vintage shops, and flea markets to explore I will definitely be returning to Berlin as soon as possible!

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Barcelona

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A few weekends ago I was in beautiful Barcelona. Having previously visited the city earlier this year and fallen in love with it, I was super excited to be back. This time a bit of vintage shopping was definitely a priority.

We headed to Carrer de la Riera Baixa, the main vintage shopping lane where every Saturday they have a street market. I was particularly excited to come across the Kilostore; back in London these are some of my favourite places to find retro gems at a great price and it’s been a while since I’ve been able to go to one! I can genuinely while away hours in such places but managed, more or less, to restrain myself this time and got a pair of subtly sparkly black trousers, French chic style, and a floral patterned dress. In De Faralaee, a little further down the street, there was more of a mix of old and new clothes. This being me, I instantly found the 5 and 10 euro bargain rail where I got a great 80s abstract print dress (definite wardrobe staple of mine). Also worth noting is the lovely Lullaby run by a super friendly couple where my friend got a unique original 1950s poncho, as well as Motel, probably my favourite shop on the street. If I could have bought everything in there I would have done – decorated in the style of a 50s motel room the range of items on offer were perfectly selected.

Kilostore photo (SO many amazing patterns).

Whilst meandering around we came across Domingos, a wonderful little second hand shop with a range of clothing and some vintage homeware too. This was where I made my favourite purchase of the trip, a black silk full-length jumpsuit with sequin detail back. I love it as it is one of those outfits you can dress up or down, depending on the occasion and it is super comfy.

I also took the opportunity to stock up on plenty of shiny trinkets in Rosselló, an amazing bead shop on Carrer de L’Hospital, which should be appearing in my Etsy soon!