I recently spent a month in Santiago, Chile (ps. I loved it) and when I’m on vacation there are a couple things that I love doing: biking, yoga, eating at all the best restaurants and thrift shopping!
I really didn’t think that the preloved lifestyle would be something that was popular in Santiago, boy was I ever wrong! I came across open air markets of antiques, entire antique shopping centres in the middle of the financial district, trendy neighbourhoods built around antique shopping and rows of consignment stores on many main streets.
Many of the consignment stores that I passed by on my walks were visually merchandised like any other clothing store so much so that I didn’t realize many of them were in fact consignment stores until I did a search on Yelp. I checked out a couple antique markets and consignment stores during my vacation and although I did find them a bit expensive for how mainstream they were, I did end up making a Santiago thrift purchase.
Balmaceda Brasil was an amazing antique warehouse where furniture was restored and updated. There was so much stuff here that it had to be stacked one on top of another. We even found authentic snowshoes which were cool reminders of home!
Orange Blue was a small consignment store with both men’s and women’s but what I found interesting was that they had a section that was specifically for Zara and many people were coming in just to check out the Zara racks. There are Zara stores in Chile but it must be a very popular brand whether it’s new or preloved.
Until the next thrift!