we give clothing a second chance
Leeuwarden loves vintage! Aside from the fact that second hand clothing can be lovely in itself, buying second-hand clothes is certainly a responsible way to show. Through giving an item of clothing its second, third, or tenth life in place of buying something new, together we produce less waste, and act against over-production. So, why not try it? And, lets not forget, that “thrifting” is a really great experience!
In recent years, the number of second-hand and vintage shops has increased considerably, and that's a good thing. Leeuwarden’s latest addition is Laura's Wardrobe. Laura sells the nicest vintage clothing here from the smallest building in town: Sidewalk Gallery. Just a visit to this building on the Voorstreek is worth your while!
You'll find the most wonderful shops
If you walk from the Voorstreek towards the centre of town, you will pass Over de Kelders. Here you will see REVERDIG (=just in South African). At REGVERDIG, sellers can ‘rent a hanger ‘meaning that you can sell your merchandise there and pay a percentage of what is sold to the store. This way the collection remains broad and diverse.
Another place that's completely packed with treasures is De Plek Vintage. Here, you'll find some true classics: from cowboy boots to Hawaiian shirts, and from oversized 80's trousers to cute polka-dot dresses, De Plek Vintage is the place to be. You'll find De Plek around the corner from REGVERDIG.
If you go a little further down the Oosterstraat, you'll find OVERENWEER. At OVERERNWEER you'll find a huge selection of branded clothing. From Adidas to Armani, some great pieces hang from the racks here. And, as you'll see, the prices are pretty tasty too. We love second-hand!
You'll travel back in time whenever you step into the shop Designed for Maria. On 'de Tuinen' in Leeuwarden, you can find this adorable shop, full of vintage mid-century clothing and accessories. Feel the fifties, or take a dip into the roaring twenties.
During this voyage into thrifting, hopefully the beautiful and historic city centre of Leeuwarden didn't go unnoticed. Let yourself wander through the streets, and eventually you'll end up at Madelief. At this unique store the door is always open for you- the shop instantly puts you at ease, and you can even just stay and chill for a while in its incredible interior.
Get yourself over to some vintage markets
Okay, it is clear that you are good at thrifting in Leeuwarden. But did you know that you can also find fantastic vintage furniture and concept shops here? We have listed a few for you. You'll find them both downtown and outside, so you might have to get out and about by bike, but we promise you, they're well worth it!
The House of Vintage
Just outside the city centre, you will find The House of Vintage. If that doesn't start to itch for the real vintage enthusiast, take a look inside. From Danish and Dutch design to antiques and brocante. Easily make your shopping appointment online or take a look at the webshop!
Who says old-fashioned can't be hip? At Ouderwets Cosy, you imagine yourself in a shop full of vintage things from the 60s and 70s. A shop-in-shop, where twenty sub-tenants fill the entire store with the coolest vintage living rooms. Would you like to make a shopping appointment? Feel free to send them a message on Instagram.
As a lover of vintage and second-hand items, you can indulge yourself in Recycle Boulevard. With more than 8000 m2 of retail space, you can spend hours 'sneuping' here (Frisian for ‘browsing), looking for the most beautiful gems..