Monday, July 20, 2009
neighborhood recommendation #11: second-hand.
there are average second-hand stores where careful eyes can surface excellent finds in the midst of trash. then there are small vintage boutiques with discreetly selected individual pieces. consignment stores are located somewhere in between and may be extremely classy depending on the selection criteria or just plain junk if anyone can hoist their surplus gear for sale.
the new consignment second-hand market kaivarin kanuuna operates like any self-service consignment: you rent a table and a rack for a week, label your own goods and leave them be until the week is over. much of the product on sale is junk, but there is a reason i am recommending the place.
it seems someone has somehow persuaded local eira society ladies or some other collectors to surrender some of their closet fillers for sale. there are a few rooms filled with vintage dresses, hats, purses, and jewelry – some are amazing quality, even bespoke, and some just perfect examples of a fashion era gone by.
i did not buy the yellow satin blouse from the 80's because the silky feel was ruined by the "100% polyester" tag, but i did find something amazing that i'll present to you the first moment i'm able to get some decent shots of it...
the space is large and labyrinthy, but the racks with gems are easily distinguishable. with display possibilities such as the one below, it is surely worth paying a visit. and if you've got something to sell, it may be just the place.