If you’re in the market looking to buy cool, affordable and stand-out pieces, thrift stores are the way to go. With the government ban on Chinese fast-fashion moguls like SHEIN and Romwe, the average Indian shopper was forced to reconsider their consumption patterns and find local shopping outlets.
Enter the concept of thrifting! As a culture of reusing and repurposing resources, from simple hand me downs to family heirlooms, the concept of thrifting quickly caught on with the Indian buyer base looking for affordable yet chic clothing options.
Post pandemic has given rise to brick-and-mortar thrift stores opening up around the country and especially in the capital. Chances are you’ll find yourself some undiscovered vintage finds, the early 2000s or flared denim at some major discounts and offers.
So the next time you find yourself in the bustling streets of Delhi, scouring for some amazing thrift finds, here are some of the best thrift stores to check out on your next shopping spree.
Founder Aastha set out to create a physical space to gather thrift enthusiasts and provide a real-time shopping experience. After the successful response to her Instagram thrift page, she launched her own offline store less than a year ago and we’re sure glad she did. Buyers can find almost all kinds of clothing styles here, from graphic streetwear to cottage core sundresses and uber-cool accessories like bucket hats. Shopwithlove truly stocks a killer collection that is worth checking out.
Where: 29A Hauz Khas Village near Wow! Momo, New Delhi
Budget: 600-1500 INR
If you ever ask a Delhiite about their favourite thrift store, chances are they’ll mention this delightful thrift boutique located in Safdarjung Enclave. With an accessible location, this thrifters paradise features a collection of summery dresses, preppy bralettes and crochet pieces. FYI designer finds like Tiger Mist and Bershka can be found at this store for less than 1000 INR.
Where: Opposite Yo Tibet, Humayunpur, Safdarjung Enclave
Kawai Fuku is another thrift store known for premium, second-hand items that can’t be found just anywhere, for great value. With Y2K being a major fashion trend these days, you’ll step right into the era when visiting their Delhi based store. Whether it’s a graphic tee, feed your nostalgia the next time you go thrift shopping.
Where: 16 Haus Khas Village, Opposite Rang Art Gallery, New Delhi
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