Thrifting in Tallinn – The Best Spots!

So, this post has been a loooooong time coming, but after I went to Tallinn last year to visit the boy, I wanted to do a roundup of the best second hand shopping place I found.

 

It’s going to be a bit of a photo-heavy post because I suck at maps so always wish people would just post an image of what to look out for!

 

Humana

So, first up is Humana. This is a charity shop chain (there’s several in Tallinn alone) and is basically super awesome. It has a Buffalo Exchange kind of feel, and is open really long hours. Here’s all the ones in Germany (just for future use FYI).

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I went to the Kaubamaja branch in town which is hidden downstairs (there is a door on the street that’s pictured on the website though). 

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Everything was in racks based on price, so as you can see a LOT of stuff was 2.50€ – winning!!

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You could also donate in store, which is always handy for people on holiday who overfill their suitcases (aka me!).

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I thought the selection was awesome – loads of shoes, tops, dresses, etc, all packed into a fairly small space, and relatively well organised.

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Hello 90s Spice Girls awesome shoes!!

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It was a big annual folk festival so almost everyone was in traditional dress – LOVED IT!

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As you can see: pretty big space and decently tidy. Win.

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I ended up getting (amongst a few things) a blue silk nightie which I wore as a top. It’s featured in an OOTD post here.

 

MISC CHARITY SHOP

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So, sorry for the information fail but this is a charity shop I stumbled upon at Narva Maantee 38. I don’t know the name or what they do, but they had clothes for cheap and here they are on a map….

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I was kind of far out but nice and big, so if you’re on a thrifting binge might be worth the trip.

 

Balti Jaam Market (aka jaama turg)

This market is THE.BOMB – I am not kidding around – I had an amazing time there. But….. it’s a little tricky to find the venue, and a lot tricky to find the actual cheap section. It looks far on this map but I promise you it’s super close to the town centre.

It’s open

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Here’s my stealth spy instructions…

From right on the edge of the Old Town head down the underpass labelled as Balti Jaam (this is easy to find as Tallinn is super small).

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Then go towards (and through) the left hand concrete door/hole.

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I think you then cross some train tracks, and end up here. Just keep going straight until you see this sign….

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Now, this is where you’ll end up and become disappointed and leave (like I did the first time). It’s a locals market selling bras, food, electronics etc – super snore!!!

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BUT…. if you persevere  you will be richly rewarded. Head for this big barn and go round the back. There you’ll find LOADS of people selling second hand clothes by the truckload.

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It’s open 10-5 but I’d recommend going earlier as the market people tend to pack up. I went around lunch time.

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The ‘fancy’ things are hanging up, while the cheap things are mounded onto tables with big cardboard signs listing the price category. They were all between 50 cents and 2 euros – fantastic!

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Obviously you can’t easily try stuff on, and it takes some fairly hardcore rummaging. But it was epic and I got heaps of stuff.

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If you wanna see some of the stuff I got you can check out the below OOTD posts:

Lingerie and ripped jeans

Simple blue dress

Florals for the Folk Festival

Mesh white shirt

Have you ever been to Tallinn?

Did you find some good thrifting spots?

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