Sunday, 28 February 2016

Vintage Shopping in Rome

I was back in Rome again in January, and decided to re-visit all my favourite vintage shops and markets. Want to know where to find the best bargains? Read on...

Borghetto Flaminio
(Piazza della Marina, 32)

This market takes place every Sunday on Via Flaminia, close to Piazza del Popolo. It costs less than 2 euros to enter, and is definitely worth the small entrance fee. The market stalls are crammed with vintage jewellery, fabulous fur coats, second-hand designer clothing, books, knick-knacks, and basically anything the vendors have found in the back of their closet.

The quality ranges from high-end labels like Chanel and Dior, to second-hand make-up of questionable origin. If, however, like me you are a bit of a magpie and drawn to anything covered in glittering jewels, I highly recommend.

I've found many a bargain here, including this red top (3 euros) and necklace (5 euros), and most recently some lovely earrings (8 euros)

(Piazza dell'Unita, 21/Via dei Gracchi, Prati)

I went to Rechicle to interview owner Annalisa for Rome based magazine Mangiare e Vivere (read the interview here), where I spent a lovely hour admiring the many designer labels on offer. This store is full of beautifully crafted, unique items from the '20s-'70s; you can find anything from Prada shoes, Armani shirts, to Chanel handbags. One client even came in selling a real leopard fur coat.

King Size Vintage, Monti
(Via Leonina, 78/79 & Via del Boschetto, 94, Rione Monti)

Monti is home to a number of vintage shops including King Size Vintage, where I purchased a beaut leather backpack that I still use every day (55 euros).

The goods at King Size are all genuine vintage from the '40s-'90s, without so many labels. The range of items available is great, and they're more affordable than some of the designer goods sold at other vintage stores in Rome.

Mercato Monti
(Via Leonina, 46)

Mecarto Monti, a market selling jewellery, clothing and artwork from local designers and artists is based right next to Metro Cavour. It's on every Saturday and Sunday between September and June, and well worth a visit, even if just to browse.

Buon shopping!

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