Note: post updated June, 2013
When I first arrived in Florence there were not many vintage stores around. Three or four (that had a mix of handmade, vintage, and antiques) were holding down the fort of vintage clothing shopping in Florence, so to speak. But with the constant influx of tourists, many of whom seem to be in search of it, the vintage world has really taken off. In this blog I will share some of my favorite vintage shopping gems with you for your next trip. I’ve included a map below with their locations and basic info (click the pin for address, hours etc!).
Now please keep in mind that vintage is a volatile market and I’ve had to update this blog to make some changes to the locations I previously had listed (many of which have moved or are gone). For example, one store in particular I had hoped to add closed in the middle of writing this, so bare with me. If something isn’t where I say it is, chances are it has either moved, closed, or the owner has just gone to grab a coffee. I’ll try and keep this as up to date as possible and perhaps refrain from those locations that seem a bit suspect. If you find something new or find that the below information has since changed, let me know in the comments! Enjoy!
One of my favorite shops in all of Florence, if not the world. Whatever I am looking for, I go here first to find it. They have a great selection of both vintage items as well as new collections local Florentine designers (both clothing and jewelry). The prices are also pretty reasonable. All the things I get from Nadine’s are complimented regularly. The best part? Since I first posted this blog, they have opened a second store! Double the fun (or double the trouble, depending on how you look at it)! They both carry the same selection of items, but seeing as so many are one of kind, they really both warrant a visit. Obviously.
Address #1: Lungarno Acciaiuoli, 22r, 50125 Florence (Just beyond the Ponte Vecchio as you’re walking towards Via Tournabuoni)
Phone: (39) 055.287.851
Address #2: Via de’ Benci 32r, 50122 Firenze
Phone: (39) 055.247.8274
Hours: Monday: 2:30pm – 7:30pm; Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30am – 8:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Street Doing Vintage Couture:
This store is relatively new but is in a great location and has a great assortment of things. Whereas Nadine had some handmade and modern items, Vintage Couture is more traditional and sells only vintage. I looked at a leather backpack in great condition by a relatively well-known designer and it was about 80Euro. So it’s not the cheapest store in the world, though I think some bargaining might have gotten me down to where I wanted to be.
Address: Via dei Servi 88R, 50122 Firenze
Hours: Monday-Saturday 09:30am – 7:30pm
This store used to have two locations but condensed their goods into this small but cute store just near Ponte all Carraia. It tends to be a little more expensive but they have a great selection of everything from leather bags to fur coats.
Address: Via dei Fossi 6R 50123 Firenze
Phone: (39) 055 216698
Hours: Monday 3:00pm – 7:00pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am – 7:00pm
At a certain point this store was in a little vintage community with at least three other shops right nearby. Unfortunately it seems as though this one is the only one that still remains. It is, as it name implues, a very traditional vintage store. You need to be an advanced vintage shopper, I think, but if you are, there are some real finds awaiting you. The small upstairs faces onto the piazza, right off Borgo degli Albizi, but downstairs is where the real action is.
Address: Piazzetta P. Calamandrei 2, 50122 Firenze (a little piazza basically on the corner of Borgo degli Albizi and Via delle Seggiole)
Phone: (39) 055.234.3927
This is a great little vintage spot. It’s definitely not your typical selection either. Everytime I walk by it seems to have completely changed but is always a mix of vintage finds, relatively recent hand-me-downs, and vintage bolts of fabric. I always felt like I was in someone’s well-stocked attic snooping around, which is always fun. While at first it may seem a store best enjoyed from the window, I have been rewarded every time I go in and hunt a bit.
Address: Via dei Serragli 26r, 50125 Firenze
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 12:45pm & 3:30pm – 7:15pm
This used to be the location of one of my favorite vintage store, Pitti Vintage. When they moved locations (and subsequently closed), this store moved in. If you are in the neighborhood it is worth a visit as it gives you the true blue jewel box vintage feel. You can look for hours and still find more treasures.
Address: Sdrucciolo de’ Pitti 21r, 50125 Florence
The “Junk” Shop:
That is not the name of this place and the location given on the map is an approximation. I called it the junk shop to dissuade others from going there because I loved it so much (it was selfish, I know). It is half-vintage, half-used, with a kind of upscale Goodwill kind of feel. You could find anything from some under appreciated art for your bathroom to a 25-cup espresso maker decorated in flowers. I came in from time to time and never left empty handed. If I couldn’t find anything useful, I bought some of their old photographs. My favorite is of an Italian couple (from their clothing it looks to be about the 1940s or 50s) standing in the Pantheon looking awe-struck.
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