October 8, 2018 by The Atlas Team
Getting Thrifty: The Second-Hand Stores of Lisbon
Once, it took four people two hours to find one pair of pants. Why? Because we like our clothes second-hand but finding Lisbon’s thrift shops can be a tiresome endeavor. They are, however, out there — and with a little info, your treasure hunting can begin. Vintage, up-cycled, second-hand, or just plain “used”: whatever you call not-new clothes, here’s where to find them in Lisbon, from bargain bins to boutiques:
Calçada do Carmo (A Whole Street of Goodies)
There is a little street that swings down from Chiado to the Rossio steps. This is like a second-hand goldmine. If you’re walking down it, you can’t miss the very large vintage store on your left called Ás de Espadas (Ace of Spades), which is exclusively women’s clothes. If you walk a little further and look on your right, you will find the male selection (still Ás de Espadas). Yup, that’s one store each, ladies and gentlemen. Now, these aren’t cheap-as-you-like thrift shops, but they tend to go with quality over quantity and you can still pick up a pair of vintage Levis for €30. And that’s not all, folks! Along this same street, there is another store called Joker Vintage Store. Almost too much selection for one place.
Location of Ás de Espadas: Calçada do Carmo 42, 1200-090 Lisboa
Location of Joker Vintage Store: Calçada do Carmo 59, 1200-092 Lisboa
Retro Queen (Cacilhas)
This second-hand store favors army fatigues and Hawaiian shirts for men, purses and dresses for women. Unlike many used clothing stores, this one doesn’t have a musty smell permeating the product, is arranged somewhat logically, and the price per item seems reasonable. Don’t expect to come out looking like Macklemore, but if you search hard enough, you’ll certainly be able to find a killer ironic tee-shirt and maybe even some “Velcros.”
Location: Rua Cândido dos Reis 60a, 2800-269 Almada
Much of the clothing and bric-a-brac sold here is of the grandmother’s attic variety. So if it’s a fake strand of pearls, your Lidia from Beetlejuice Halloween costume, vintage wooden wedges, or a perfume atomizer you’re after, look no further.
Location: Rua da Esperança, 24, 1200-658 Lisboa
A Outra Face da Lua (Baixa)
Really expensive wildly printed vintage jackets await! Not looking for something so loud? We’d go elsewhere, to be honest. This vintage shop was part of a wave of Lisbon establishments that realized they can survive recessions better if they do more than one thing. So here, you can grab a very well made coffee and a tasty treat while you shop for second-hand clothes. The selection is big, and the staff have historically color-coordinated the entire stock, which makes it easy to almost immediately know if they have what you need. A most impressive selection of accessories too. But, all that curating and color-coordinating means the prices here are higher than other less discerning vintage peddlers.
Location: R. Assunção 22, 1100-044 Lisboa
HUMANA (Various Locations)
Probably one of the most well-known second-hand stores in Lisbon, HUMANA is a chain with locations all over the city. There is normally a pretty solid selection of clothes for both men and women, with some branches having dedicated sports sections (that’s where you can pick up that police department running top you’ve always wanted). There are two branches that you are most likely to come across. Firstly, the one in Baixa, which is probably the most centrally located second-hand store in the city. Secondly, the Intendente store, which is hands down the better of the two, with more space, more stock, and fewer people. And continue walking up Almirante Reis from this location to find two more HUMANA stores.
Baixa Location: R. dos Fanqueiros 225, 1100-319 Lisboa
Intendente Location: Address: Av. Alm. Reis 26 A, 1150-018 Lisboa
Feira da Ladra
Yes, we know it’s not a store, but you can’t talk about second-hand clothes without mentioning the market. Hell, you can’t talk about buying pretty much anything without mentioning Feira da Ladra. This is one not for the faint of heart. The clothes tend to be piled high and there are certain rummaging requirements. But, piles means prizes, and there are bargains to be had. Take a big bag and set aside the entire afternoon to really make the most of the clothes on offer here.
Location: Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-472 Lisboa. Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Anjos 70 Market (Anjos)
You may already know Anjos 70 as it hosts a variety of cultural events (and rather cool parties) that often crop up on our calendar. Well, they also host the self-described “most alternative” market in Lisbon. The market not only has clothes, but there are also over 100 stalls offering everything from arts and crafts, to workshops, to hipster tea. It takes place on the first weekend of every month and has done so for the past six years.
Location: Regueirão Anjos 70, 1150-007 Lisboa
Intendente Monthly Market (Intendente)
Another dangerously hip market is the Feira do Intendente, which takes place on the second Sunday of every month, from 10h to 18h. This is a mix of stalls with all the artsy bits and pieces you can imagine, including vintage clothes. The neighborhood is a hipster heaven and considered by many to be the frontline of gentrification in the city. So, the prices are going to be a fair bit higher than the piles of Feira da Ladra.
Location: Largo do Intendente, Largo do Intendente Pina Manique, 1100-088 Lisboa
If you know of any more that are worth a mention, let us know!