Where to find clothes that benefit your budget and the enviroment.
As part of the Norwegian Salvation Army, Fretex, contribute to recycling clothes. They have five shops in Oslo that mainly sell second-hand clothes, but some books, DVDs and furniture can also be found. The shop named “Fretex Unica” located at Grünerløkka has hand-picked clothes and thus their “trendier” selection is also way more expensive. See the map here for all shops.
Uff is another charity association that collect and sell second-hand clothing. They have a huge store called “Uff Underground”, located in a basement at the very beginning of Storgata. They sell shirts in all the colors of the rainbow, long dresses from 70’s and 80’s, jeans, pastel nightgowns etc. A smaller shop can be found close to Høyskolen. See map for both here.
A handful of independent vintage and retro stores can be found around town, but clothes are usually overpriced as rent is high for the owners and vintage clothing is upmarket in Oslo. But if you are really keen on something old and unique see this page for a list of shops and addresses.
A more budget friendly option is to spend your weekends strolling around secondhand markets. Remember to haggle on the prices!
Birkelunden market at Grünerløkka is held every Sunday and is popular among locals. Map here
Blå Sunday-market, also at Grünerløkka, is smaller and generally sell more handicrafts and jewellery. Nice atmosphere when the sun is up but can be pricy. Map here.
Not too far from it is Grønland market, underneath Vaterlands bridge, but this one is held on Saturdays. Less clothes and more electronics can be found here.
On the west side of town, close to Vigelandsparken an antiques and second-hand market is held Saturdays, march through december.Prices are typically higher here.
If you’d like to shop without having to set a foot outside your door there are a couple of sites we recommend:
www.finn.no is the biggest Norwegian site for used goods, where private people as well as companies advertise things and the selection is big and usually cheap. Some stuff is also given out for free(!), under “Gis bort”. Only available in norwegian so turn your browser unto translate mode.
www.swapstyle.com allows you not to shop, but to swap your things with other members. We haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds fun.
www.kelkoo.no is a site that compares prices of products advertised on norwegian sites.
– happy budget shopping 🙂