Oslo Second Hand Shopping

It will be no surprise to you to hear that Oslo is an expensive city to live in. When barmaids get paid £15 an hour you know you’re not going to be able to afford to shop on the high street! But, thankfully I’ve managed to sniff out all the great second hand options this capital city has to offer.
Here’s my summary for your shopping delight…Fretex
This is Oslo’s only charity shop chain and although isn’t as cheap as UK ones you can still find some fun things. There’s one at Majorstuen and Gronland, amongst other places.

Whether or not you want to shop second hand this is my favourite area of Oslo. It’s a great mix of smart boutiques, vintage and cafes and is very hipster and ‘up and coming’. It’s very pretty in the day, bustling in the evening, and you can walk there from the centre of town! There are lots of vintage shops and a Fretex too.

Majorstuen Flea Market
This is the best market I’ve found in Oslo and I go every Saturday without fail!
It starts at 10am and 10.15-30 is probably the optimal time to arrive. It’s in Vestkanttorvet park near Majorstuen metro stop. It’s quite small but the quality is excellent. They have high street items ranging from £2, all the way up to discounted designer items like Malene Birger, DNKY and Ralph Lauren. Plus, there’s normally someone selling hot waffles for £2 which I’d highly recommend!

School Flea Markets
This website lists all the flea markets happening each week and in Norway most markets are held at/by schools. They use it to raise money for musical equipment etc and have parents donate items over the whole month which are sold in the school hall/playground. You can get some really cheap stuff here but there’s a lot of digging around in mounds of clothes. I would definitely recommend going on the Saturday as most of the good stuff will be gone on the Sunday (although the prices will drop if you’re up for a challenge…)

And read my reviews of Sweden’s flea markets here….
And find out how to Barter at flea markets here….

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