Vintage and second-hand have long been a kind of culture that interests the inhabitants of Finland. In "second-hand shops" you can find original things that you will not find in others.
There are many interesting and distinctive vintage shops in Helsinki - we present you the most interesting of them. Many shops are located in the Kallio area - and for good reason. The owner of the vintage shop Ansa chose this location: "Kallio is a bohemian and daring neighborhood, the shop is just like him."
Hoochie Mama Jane's “vintage boutique” assortment includes beautiful dresses from the 1920s to the 1980s, costumes from different eras can be found for any party. Among the outfits there are unique things made to order from expensive materials, shoes, accessories and jewelry.
Photo: Aku Pöllanen / Visit Finland
Soul Vintage (Helsinginkatu 6)
In addition to furniture, clothing, footwear and accessories, this vintage shop sells music. In addition to selling things with the spirit of the times, temporary art exhibitions are sometimes held here, you can drink coffee, and there are always good music tracks.
Bicycles can be rented at Soul Vintage during the summer.
Hoochie Mama Jane (Agricolankatu 11)
Regulars call this place a "vintage boutique". Indeed, the range includes many beautiful dresses from the 1920s to the 1980s, and costumes from different eras can be found for any party. Among the outfits there are unique things made to order from expensive materials, shoes, accessories and jewelry. The costumes can be rented.
The owner of the boutique, Irya Nuru, takes pictures herself every day and puts the assortment on the Internet. “I believe people should buy good things that have value,” she says, “that way they contribute to the future.”
There are many interesting and distinctive vintage shops in Helsinki - especially in the Kallio area, where you can have a snack in between shopping in small cafes.
Photo: Jussi Hellsten / Visit Helsinki
Frida Marina (Kaarlenkatu 10)
For 5 years of its existence, the vintage Frida Marina store has won the hearts of true connoisseurs thanks to the careful selection of the items presented. According to visitors, real “pearls” can be found on store shelves.
The price range is from 20 to 30 euros, but sometimes you have to pay more for special things. Basically, the assortment consists of Finnish-made items.
The premises of Frida Marina also have a commission department, where anyone can put up their belongings for sale. The criterion for the sale is the general style with the items of the store.
“Vintage and second-hand for me is a new life for the old, ethical and sustainable consumption, and, of course, nostalgia and aesthetics,” says owner Maria Tammisto. “It’s a great feeling when a thing and a client find each other!”
Finns love secondhand goods not only because they are environmentally friendly and economical. In them you can find original clothes that no one else has.
Photo: Jessica Finnil
Ansa (Agricolankatu 5)
Ansa sells an exclusive vintage that lives on for years thanks to its quality and style. Owner Linda Pakalen selects each item herself, mainly bringing clothes from Sweden. Finding things to sell is not easy and takes a long time, Linda said.
SomaOma (Fredrikinkatu 16)
The philosophy of Paula Elonen, hostess of SomaOma, is “a spicy mix of new and vintage pieces”. The store offers clothes from the past as well as used modern items. We can say that SomaOma things are timeless, and each is unique.
The owner Paula Elonen opened the store in 2011 - before that she was engaged in the field of IT, but then she realized that vintage items completely occupied her mind.
The owner of the Hoochie Mama Jane boutique, Irya Nuru (pictured), takes pictures herself and publishes the assortment on the Internet.
Photo courtesy of Irya Nuru.
Play it again, Sam (Rauhankatu 2)
This popular destination is considered a real mecca for vintage lovers in Helsinki. There is nothing newer than 1970 in the store, because, according to owner Arya Kyonenen, nothing of high quality has been produced since this year.
The store has existed since 1987 in the beautiful area of Kruunuhaka. Inside you can find chic suits, bridal gowns and exclusive haute couture dresses, and they can also be rented.
Unusual mistress Arya, as if descended from a picture of the last century, spent half of her life in the boutique, and she is sure that things should live, finding new owners. “I love old clothes and I like the idea that there are many like-minded people on my way,” she says.
Text: Darina Katsudas
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