I know it’s been 2 years since I wrote the Shopping vintage & antiques in Reykjavik Part 1 post, but if anything, I only got to discover new places to shop vintage meanwhile.
Sadly Friða Frænka, the antique shop mentioned in my Part 1 post has closed down. There are random sales happening here and there on their behalf so keep an eye on their facebook page to see when that is.
And now, to my all time favorites in vintage clothes & objects, I have three places here in Reykjavik that I am very happy with and that, although all require some digging, can yield you some great and cheap finds:
This is hands down my favorite vintage shop in Iceland. Given how shipping to Iceland is always a pain, and I am not so patient as to wait for one month for a vintage dress ordered on Etsy, Gyllti Kotturinn is literally gold. Once I discovered it, I have started going quite often and not once have I left empty handed. The shop is downtown and Gyllti Koturinn means The Golden Cat. And yes, there actually is a cat called Baktus whom you can often see sleeping on the piles of clothes in the shop and is certainly worth following on Instagram.
The shop also sells new clothes but you’ll find that the basement is always filled with vintage goodies and their strength is in fur. You can find vintage fur coats, fur collars, hats, they have the best selection. Then you should also look for vintage leather purses, vintage gloves and of course, clothes – particularly dresses.
Best buy: vintage fur pieces, coats, collars and hats
Here are some photos I stole from their Facebook page to prove it:
2. Goði Hirdirinn
If you are willing to “get your hands dirty” then Goði Hirdirinn is for you. A bit about the shop: it is a charity shop, people in Iceland donate their stuff and then it makes its way in the shop for everyone to buy. They sell everything, from furniture (I have seen some crazy cool vintage couches and armchairs there so far) to frames and mirrors, paintings and all the way up to kitchen stuff like plates, cups, pots, literally everything you can imagine. Books are a great deal there also, each book in any other language than Icelandic costs 100ISK which is literally $0.80 (crazy, I know!).
The reason I said you would be getting you hands dirty is because if you want to find good stuff you need to be there when the shop opens at 12PM (every day except for Sundays). People are queueing in front of it maybe 10-20 minutes before it opens and there might be some pushing when you try to get in. I guess the shop does have an allure of catering to poorer people but that’s never stopped me. Digging through stuff is quite common and if you plan to go you should know you need around an hour to check everything out. Oh and you need to be fast because stuff gets snatched right from under your eyes sometimes. I have found some really cool, authentic vintage stuff there and like every respected vintage girl, I actually enjoy the digging and the surprise of finding a good gem.
Best buy: Antique frames, mirrors and paintings
Here are some of the things I bought from this shop:
3. Bókin Antikvariat in downtown Reykjavik
Bókin is actually a place I have passed by very often, as it is downtown, but never really checked out until recently. It’s an antique books shop and it pulled me in with its amazing Life magazine covers that they display in the windows, most of them from the 40s and 50s. The place is amazing, it’s full of old books, you never know what you’ll find and the chance to find a gem is quite high. On the walls they have old posters, badges and old magazine covers. It’s such an authentic place, the prices are good and the owner is there to guide you or help you find whatever it is you’re looking for. So, if books are your thing, Bókin is a great place to check out especially since it’s most certainly on your way when strolling downtown. If you are also into the 30s, 40s and 50s, HERE you can see some of the Life Magazines that they have available for sale.
Best buy: Vintage magazines from the 40s & 50s and vintage posters.
Then, one place I would not ignore when in Reykjavik is the Red Cross. There are quite few Red Cross shops spread in Reykjavik but there is a particular one that I find to be the best when it comes to actual vintage pieces and that is the newest shop which you can find downtown at Skólavörðustíg 12. I’ve seen some old pieces there and I’d say chances are high you’ll like find something good.
I hope this helps you find some great vintage and antique pieces in your travels to Iceland. And if you know any other great places you have discovered here then don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments.