The feeling of treasure hunting in secondhand shops is exciting. One can find useful artifacts, decorative art, original items, ancient books or even boxes that hide a person’s life and secrets. If you are lucky, you can also find a delicate piece of clothing that perhaps has participated in celebrity cocktail parties. The possibilities are many.
ThorNews hereby recommends a selection of the best secondhand stores in Oslo:
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* UFF: Three shops with a vast selection of clothes, shoes and jewelry from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and the 90’s. The shops in Storgata and Pilestredet specialize on clothes from the 50’s to the 80’s, while the store at Jernbanetorget specializes on 80’s and 90’s clothes and children’s wear. Reasonable prices and UFF support charity organizations in the 3rd world. Addresses: Storgata 1, Pilestredet 47 A and Jernbanetorget 2
* VIKLUND BRUKTHANDEL: Viklund offers everything from used art, stoneware, cookware, binoculars, pictures, clocks and jewelry. If you are looking for something quirky or original he probably can fix it for you – just ask! Many Norwegian-produced articles in stock from Cathrineholm, Figgjo, Høyang and Egersund at affordable prices – bargaining allowed. Address: Stensgata 2 (Tram 17 and 18 direction Rikshospitalet, tram stop Stensgata).
* BÆRRE LÆKKERT: Big selection of furniture, ornaments and decorative objects as well as one of Norway’s best selections of old postcards, letters, maps, stamps, banknotes and coins. Address: Storgata 36
* HOMANSBYEN KUNST OG ANTIKK: One of Oslo’s biggest antique shops. Here you can find everything from books, art and chandeliers to silver gypsy girls and retro ceramics. Address: Hegdehaugsveien 36
* HEGDEHAUGEN ANTIKVARIAT: Large selection of antiquarian books. Address: Oscarsgate 19 (entrance Hegdehaugsveien, Homansbyen tram stop, line 11).
* RÅKK & RÅLLS: Oslo’s best vinyl and record store in three floors with a rich selection of vinyl from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s as well as DVD’s, books and retro trinkets. Address: Akersgata 39
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* REPRISE: Here you can buy second-hand clothes for nice prices. The more times the owner sees you in her store, the cheaper the clothes get if she likes you. They sell clothes, shoes and bags, and their opening hours are suitable for ‘late sleepers’. Address: Schweigaardsgate 52
* MARITASTIFTELSEN: Christian charity organization operates a large recycling shop in Grünerløkka. They offer a big selection of artifacts, furniture, books and antiques at reasonable prices. Address: Markveien 67
* GATSBY: Are you looking for original vintage clothing, this is a good place to visit. Here you will find clothing, jewelry, shoes, bags and scarves, but unfortunately this is one of the most expensive second-hand shops in Oslo. Address: Markveien 57
* FRØKEN DIANAS SALONGER: An aesthetic treasure amongst Oslo’s vintage stores. The store offers unique clothes, hand-picked and custom designed from Norway and abroad. They sell furniture, interior, clothing and jewelry from the 1800’s, and specializes on 50’s and 60’s clothing. Address: Markveien 33
* SPØK OG SPENNING: Big selection of DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, magazines and comics. Nice prices and friendly staff. Address: Markveien 33 A
* ET DUKKEHJEM: One of the weirdest shops in Oslo. It is powered by two elderly, blind women, and is open on Mondays and Thursdays. This little store holds a variety of original knick-knacks and trinkets. Address: Markveien 4
* FRETEX: Salvation Army thrift shops are all over town. The stores have different profiles, but sells clothing, footwear, furniture, books, glassware and crockery. All proceeds go to the Salvation Army’s charitable work. Addresses: Markveien 51, Kirkeveien 62, Ullevålsveien 12, Smalgangen 8
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews