For travellers who like to step back in time a little bit, searching for antiques can be an exciting experience. If you’re already used to antiquing and thrifting where you live, doing it in another city or country just makes it that much more interesting. There are tons of things to discover when you check out items in other cities. Here are just some of the world’s best antique and thrift shopping
Bermondsey (New Caledonian) Market, London
Here you’ll find one of the main antique markets in the city, attracting all types of serious collectors and resellers to shop their wares. Open every Friday, the shops are set up by individual vendors in the early hours of the morning. So early in fact that by 9 AM, most of the good stuff is already gone. You can also find more traditional shops with much longer hours in the same vicinity if you miss your Friday morning spot.
San Telmo Antiques Fair, Buenos Aires
This is one of the best markets in Argentina and you’ll be among tons of people looking for deals across a handful of vendor stalls with antiques, vintage clothes, artwork, classic movie posters and so much more. The neighbourhood the market is situated in is famous for its tango music, so there will always be song and dance right around the corner. Only open on Sundays, head over anytime between 10 AM and 5PM
Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena
This is a huge market featuring 2500 vendors making it the largest in the Los Angeles area. Whether you’re looking for vintage clothing, kitschy retro accessories, records or anything you can imagine – you will probably be able to find it here. It takes some time to get through, and VIPs can get in at 5 AM alongside early birds willing to pay $20 to get in instead of the usual $8. Open to the general public by 9 AM, the market closes at 4 PM which gives anyone plenty of time to explore and discovered. The days you go to L.A. will determine if you get to visit: the market is only open the 2nd Sunday of each month.
Chine Machine – Paris, France
Paris is a city so full of history, that a chance at any of their antique or thrifting shops is truly an experience. Chine Machine boutique does a wonderful job of capturing this experience through presentation. Whether its old mannequins, classic TV sets, of vintage photographs of the stars of yesteryear, the mood is set to find some incredible vintage pieces. While you can get amazing deals with just a few euros, paying a little bit extra for some of the most prestigious brands in fashion will still be a steal, like an Hermès coat for €140. This shop also doubles as a venue, with monthly events happening for small groups of partygoers and a DJ.
There are great places to find deals from the past all over the world, and when you’re travelling you might come across something truly unique that you won’t be able to find anywhere else so don’t hesitate! You’ll need a sturdy bag to bring your finds back home, and Rise Gear luggage is the perfect one. Your clothes, both old and new, will thank you. Happy Travels!