13 September, 2013

Thrifting in Dubai

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Unsurprisingly, it isn't all that easy to find great secondhand bargains in Dubai, a city synonymous with newness. It's not impossible, though, if you know where to look, and thrift shop culture is ever so slowly emerging. These three lovely dresses are all pre-owned items that I recently purchased at pop-up-shops around the city...

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Where can you find similar bargains? My recommendations are:

Dubai Flea Market

These markets happens on the first Friday of each month at Safa park, or indoors at Dubai World Trade Centre during the summer months (updated schedules can be found on their website). A typical flea market situation, these events involve tables and stalls set up in a big square with vendors selling their wares. Items on sale can range from a pair of sat-on sunglasses, to a heavy-duty drilling machine, to the unworn, silk, colour-blocked dress shown above (3). This little beauty cost me just 100 DHS and I went home happy but, admittedly, this was the only thing that caught my eye in the whole market. Be prepared to rummage through a whole lot of junk to find a couple of gems.


Throughout August and September, DUCTAC have been running weekly pop-up stalls, supporting local boutiques and individual sellers. I haven't visited one yet but I am definitely going to investigate tomorrow. Has anyone else bought some wonderful bargains here?

My Ex Wardrobe

Saving the best for last, My Ex Wardrobe definitely have the most high-quality offering of pre-loved items that I have found in Dubai. Set up by three sisters, frustrated with the lack of secondhand shopping outlets in the city, My Ex Wardrobe is quickly gaining coverage and popularity. Cleverly, though, the girls have added a bit of signature 'Dubai glam' to their their monthly pop-up-shops, by hosting them in bars around the city. So, instead of rummaging through dusty racks of clothes in a dingy charity shop, My Ex Wardrobe throw social evenings, complete with free drinks, snacks, pampering and some seriously fabulous bargains. Both the embellished pink shift dress, originally from French Connection (1) and the pretty crocheted number (2) I purchased at their last event in August. Sellers give their items to the sisters before the event, then MEW sell on their behalf, at set prices, eliminating the hassle of haggling. There is usually a really great collection on sale, of both high street and designer pieces (the never-before-worn Louboutins, one size too small, almost broke my heart), so the majority of customers don't leave empty handed! Definitely my favourite choice, I'm even thinking of having a wardrobe clear-out and selling at their next event later this month.

Let me know if you've heard of any other thrift shop outlets in Dubai, I'd love to hear of some more...

1 comment :

  1. LavalierDubai21/09/2013, 18:50

    And don't forget the second hand designer bags! I wrote a blog about it as well :) http://lavalierdubai.blogspot.ae/2013/04/the-best-consignment-and-pre-loved.html Great article! I've been to the Dubai Flea Market as a seller and a buyer and had a blast! Loads of foot traffic...