Your Guide to Dubai's Vintage and Secondhand Shops
Looking for vintage or secondhand finds in Dubai? Take a look at these unique thrift stops in the city
17 August 2020
Say hello to a thrifty and eco-friendly way of shopping
While Dubai is best known for its luxury fashion stores, shop-til-you-drop festivals, and high-end international and local boutiques, the city is no stranger to vintage shopping.
The reasons UAE fashionholics embrace pre-loved finds are never ending. Vintage stores are more affordable, allowing shoppers to build a new wardrobe without breaking the bank.
Shopping at secondhand stores is also a great way of ensuring you won't be caught in the same outfit as someone else.
For the environmentally-concerned shopper, thrift store threads will quell the concerns of fast fashion (it's not a secret it's bad for the environment). Here's our list of the best thrift shops in Dubai where you'll find a treasure trove of pre-loved gems.
1. The Luxury Closet
For vintage and secondhand designer fashion, have a look at The Luxury Closet. You won't have to worry about whether an item is the real deal or not, as each pre-loved handbag, necklace, outfit, etc. is officially authenticated before being listed on the site.
- Where: Al Barsha
- Type: High-end wear
2. Audrey's Cat
Named after silver screen icon Audrey Hepburn and her own feline friend, Audrey's Cat features heaps of vintage jewellery, accessories like scarves and purses, and homeware dating from the 1800s - 1980s.
- Where: ARTE Markets
- Type: Antique jewellery and accessories
3. Dubai Charity Centre
Known as the oldest thrift store in the city, the Dubai Charity Centre specializes in, well, everything!
The shop sells secondhand clothes, shoes, accessories, books, and household items.
- Where: Karama Fish Market
- Type: Affordable secondhand clothes, houseware, books, etc.
4. Thrift Bazaar
You could spend hours browsing through Thrift Bazaar in Al Quoz.
This secondhand store sells nearly everything, from office fashion to winter gear and sports shoes to semi-formal bags.
- Where: Al Khail Mall, Al Quoz
- Type: Affordable secondhand clothes, shoes, bags, etc.
5. Fashion Rerun
If you prefer online shopping at affordable prices, Fashion Rerun is a UAE-based online store that carefully curates secondhand clothing and accessories.
Cash on delivery is available, and you may return items within 5 days of receiving it if it's been received with damages or it's not as described on the site.
It's perfect for shoppers who may be hesitant to visit a store in-person due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
6. Retold (previously My Ex Wardrobe)
With carefully curated designer labels for a fraction of the cost, Retold in Dubai is a great thrift boutique.
They stock a range of secondhand brands over a 3,000 square-foot space.
- Where: Al Barsha
- Type: Pre-loved high-street fashion
7. Bearly Used (@bearly.used)
The name says it all. The online store Bearly.Used on Instagram sells barely worn chic and wallet-friendly tops, skirts, dresses, pants, and accessories in the UAE.
Compared to your regular online shopping, Bearly.Used follows a first-come first-serve basis where whoever comments first gets to buy an item. Other times, it's a bidding system where interested shoppers bid an amount in the comments.
Note though that most, if not all, of the sizes available fall in the XS-S category.
- Where: Instagram
- Type: Affordable chic outfits
Got a favourite UAE thrift shop you recommend? Let us know in the comments!