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The best second-hand shops in Tallinn

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By Noora Karppi  •  29.05.2017

Estonians like to express themselves through fashion. Style and fashion is important and has quickly evolved since Estonia restored its independence more than a quarter of a century ago. 

During the Soviet period there were not many choices available and if you wanted to express yourself, you altered and made your own clothes. Fashionable Estonians find their style in many places, besides shopping at gigantic shopping malls, chain stores, designer shops and high fashion boutiques; for example, vintage and second-hand stores are as popular as ever.

If you are one of those who find excitement searching for that perfect garment, check out our tips for the best second-hand shops in Tallinn! For vintage fans, check our article about the best vintage stores in Tallinn.

And remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Good luck with the hunt.

Kalamaja – an oasis for bargain-hunters

Kalamaja is known for its trendy and bohemian atmosphere, besides good restaurants and cool events you’ll also find the biggest second-hand shops in Kalamaja.

Paavli Kaltsukas has the widest selection of used clothes for men, women and children. They also have accessories, toys, books and other items on sale. If you are visiting Paavli Kaltsukas, don’t miss their other shop, Paavli Sendikas, where you can find bargains for less than one euro. Besides the two stores, Paavli has also an online shop (but only in Estonian), where you can browse items.

The beating heart of Kalamaja is without a doubt Telliskivi Creative City. The complex serves as a stage for Telliskivi flea market every Saturday between 10am and 3pm. During summer season the flea market is outside and at other times it is inside the green hall (Roheline saal). Local people come here to sell everything from clothes to tools. The flea market organisers also arrange a flea market festival once a year in August, which fills the whole area of Telliskivi with enthusiastic sellers and buyers.

For furniture and interior decoration fans there is a special store called Mööbeldaja. Mööbeldaja is a hidden treasure of Kalamaja with a mind-blowing selection of furniture, paintings, carpets, instruments, mirrors, lamps etc. Take your time, because the place is full of pretty, unique, things, and the shop itself reminds some visitors of a labyrinth. If you are looking for something special to buy from Tallinn, whether it’s something big or small, visit Mööbeldaja. The place, and the man who runs it, are amazing!

Something old and something... older

The marketplaces of Tallinn offer a great opportunity to find traditional local items. Balti Jaam Market and Central Market both have not only a fresh selection of food, but also interesting artefacts and memorabilia from the past. Balti Jaam Market has recently been renovated, and is looking shiny and modern, but still with its old quirky character intact. It is often said that Balti Jaam Market has the larger selection of extraordinary items, but locals love the Central Market, known in Estonian as Keskturg, for the way they can find everything from beautiful dresses to shoe repairs, all at great prices.

Chain stores and once in a lifetime opportunities

Peppered around the town, you’ll find several Humana shops, and Reuse Centres (Uuskasutuskeskus), which both are popular and well-known second-hand chain stores. Humana also has a vintage store, Humana vintage, in the centre of Tallinn.

Faktory and A.G.A.N. are treasure chests in central Tallinn worth exploring. Faktory is a cool shop that sells used clothes, shoes, furniture and other items, originally from Norway, Germany, Sweden and Finland.  A.G.A.N. store you’ll find in the Rotermann Quarter. From A.G.A.N. you’ll find hip new garments from Estonian designers and fashionable clothes for reuse.

A.G.A.N. in Rotermann Quarter has wide selection of designer clothes and accessories.

Asjapuu is one of the newest second-hand stores in Tallinn. Asjapuu is located in Rocca al Mare. Here you'll find everything from furniture to clothes and home appliances. New items arrive daily.

Magda Misjonipood in the Mustamäe district is a a popular second-hand store outside central Tallinn. Magda Misjonipood is a thrift store run by a non-profit organisation that aims to help families with children. By shopping at Magda’s, you will not only find amazing items, but also help potentially save the planet and families.