Vintage shopping has become one of the nicer sustainable practice in fashion. Not to mention that wearing something older or just with a preview story is the key to achieve the French-girl look that we all love. These are already reasons enough for us to look for the best second-hand shops in Vienna, where Notorious-mag has its headquarter. And we completed the list with our favourite second-hand shops that we are buying online.
Why we love vintage or second-hand
First of all, you have the chance to get something unique that not every single person on Instagram already owns. Secondly, you can get your hands on really nice pieces at ridiculously low prices. And lastly, vintage items are quite sustainable. When you buy second-hand clothes, you break the never-ending cycle of buying-wearing-throwing away. You use what is already there and can avoid the production of new clothes that way. Also, when it comes to leather and fur, buying second hand is always more environmentally friendly and not least saves some animal´s lives.
Having said that, here is the list with the best second-hand shops in Vienna and online.
Bootik 54 is divided into two shops that are next to each other. Located in Vienna´s famous Neubaugasse, a street for everything hip and cool. Bootik 54 often decoys us with its amazing selection of reworked Levi´s Jeans, band shirts and denim jackets.
NEUBAUGASSE 54, 1070 VIENNA
You could call Burggasse 24 a hipster place. The shabby but the chic interior, the selection of vintage clothes (high-end and also more affordable stuff) and the appendant café make this shop very Instagrammable and also the perfect place to spend your Saturday mornings.
BURGGASSE 24, 1070 VIENNA
DAS NEUE SCHWARZ
This second-hand address in Vienna´s first district is a branch of the eponymous one in Berlin. Titled as the “Best vintage store in Germany” by GQ Magazine, we are very happy to also have the chance to shop the cool pieces reaching from Helmut Lang to Yves Saint Laurent here in Vienna.
LANDSKRONGASSE 1, 1010 VIENNA
FIRST FASHION SECOND HAND
Already existing since 1976, First Fashion Second Hand is a must when you are into vintage designer clothing. The store in Vienna´s city centre offers high-end women´s fashion and accessories. From Gucci to Chanel and Valentino – you´ll find all the big names. They don’t have an Instagram account, so we recommend a visit to the shop.
KRUGERSTRASSE 10, 1010 VIENNA
Another store that is always worth a visit is Silvia Milano in the first district. The shop´s motto is “the older, the better”. Vintage lovers will for sure find something that makes their heart beat faster and their wardrobe a little more exciting.
SCHULTERGASSE 4, 1010 VIENNA
Probably one of the most stylish stores if it comes to design and interior is Wolfmich in the sixth district. Wolfgang Lindenhofer and Michael Paschinger have been working in the second hand and vintage business for years and definitely know where to find lovely designer pieces for their store. Besides fashion they offer home accessoires and perfumes.
GUMPENDORFERSTRASSE 51, 1060 VIENNA
KLEIDER GEHEN UM
Owned by vintage expert Heidi Schüttbacher the store Kleider gehen um is a cozy boutique with classic and chic vintage pieces all more than 20 years old. Note: When Heidi is in an extra good mood she offers you a glass of Frizzante to toast to your findings. It’s definitely a feel good experience!
WEBGASSE 4, 1060 VIENNA
ARIAN ALEXANDER COMMONE
As a stylist, Arian Alexander Commone knows his job and visiting his vintage store truly becomes an experience. Not only because you find designer pieces for reasonable prices but also because Commone loves to style his clients and gives expert advice with a fun touch.
GUMPENDORFERSTRASSE 63b, 1060 VIENNA
Another gem among Vienna’s vintage stores is Fräulin Kleidsam. In a well selected store you find design and vintage pieces from the 80s and 90s to stand out of the crowd!
GUMPENDORFERSTRASSE 10-12, 1060 VIENNA
Opened in the year 1999 Polyklamott is one of the best second-hand shops in Vienna. Besides fashion they offer a wide section of vintage sunglasses and sometimes art. The storekeeper is a real expert and knows which shape suits you the best.
MOLLARDGASSE 13, 1060 VIENNA
UPPERS & DOWNERS
Pre-Loved, New Clothing & Fragrances – these three words describe the fashionable store Uppers & Downers best. Besides offering trendy fashion pieces they create a magazine with lovely editorials. Definitely worth a visit.
BURGGASSE 46, 1070 VIENNA
ONLINE MARKETPLACES FOR SECOND-HAND CLOTHING
We get it, sometimes you just don´t want to go into the shops and look through stuff when you can actually do the same thing from the comfort of your home with your laptop in the one hand and a coffee in the other. Luxury vintage online shops are your best friend in this case and shopping there can be lots of fun.
Our favourite preloved online shop would have to be Vestiaire Collective. The online marketplace for second-hand clothing offers a selection of hundreds of thousand pieces ranging from shoes to clothes and jewellery.
Another one that we always visit is Rebelle. The cool online store sells countless preloved pieces including all big designers.
Also Farfetch has a really good vintage selection where you can get everything from Chanel, Hermès to Fendi.
And for all you Etsy shoppers, we recommend their vintage section. Jewellery, clothing and even art, they have it all. Just take your time and start browsing through the hidden vintage treasures that are out there in the world wide web.
If that sounds too time-wasting, we made it even easier for you with our little pre-selection from Vestiaire Collective. Here you go: Alexa Chung coat, Dolce & Gabbana embroidered skirt, Non signé wide black belt, Dior brooch, Yves Saint Laurent green jacket, MSGM ruffled skirt, Saas & Bide snake belt, Chanel ring, Gucci bag.
Title photo: Burggasse 24