Thrift markets to explore in Cape Town

It’s the start of a new year and that often means a set of resolutions to boot. I’m committing to buying less fast fashion, more secondhand and locally made clothing where possible. Luckily, Cape Town has a host of markets where you can source thrifted clothes. I’ve rounded up a couple you can check out.

Disclaimer: I can’t give any indication of the pricing at these spaces, but usually it’ll be way higher than what you’d find at a hospice shop, Salvation Army or the like.

The Vintage Experience

Founded in 2012, the Vintage Experiences describes itself as “Cape Town’s original and baddest vintage market” and it’s a fave of mine. The popular event is home to a variety of traders from around the city and has a loyal following who flock to purchase from the traders and stalls. Follow their Facebook page for more information about upcoming events or if you want to trade.

True Grit Vintage POP UP

A First Thursday staple, the True Grit Vintage POP UP market is perfect for aspiring and seasoned thrifters. The sister event to TVE, it’s hosted once a month in the heart of the city. Pencil in the date, follow the Facebook page for more information and do some mid-week thrifting.

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Bang Bang Vintage Designer Market

Another monthly market gem, the Bang Bang Vintage event happens to call First Thursdays home. Get down to the corner of Church Street and Long Street to see the variety of traders who set up shop with fresh stock and more. Check out the official Facebook page for more information about events and trading.

I hope this was helpful and good luck thrifting!

Want more thrifting content? I’ve complied a thrifting 101 guide.

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