Second-Hand Mania

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ntiques and second-hand shopping in Oslo? One of the most interesting habits that I started to practice in Oslo is to make regular visits to beautiful second-hand shops scattered around the city and more particularly in Grünerløkka, a former industrial area east of the Akerselva river, that today became a true gem for lovers of design, vintage, originals cafeterias, shopping and of a lifestyle not too much conventional.

From furnishings to clothes, from fine pottery to any piece of furniture for the house, the second hand mania has infected me either. Not only for need, as soon as Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but especially because able to choose freely and differently from what globalization has imposed in recent years. Ikea in design, H & M in clothing, Starbucks and McDonald’s in food industries, all brands of which I make use myself every day, but which, I think, should not monopolize our lives.

For those like me who really want to know and appreciate better this city, there is no funnier way than to browse through old toys, postcards, books, clothes, hunting for rarity, convenience or just for a bit of history.

Waiting to provide you with a complete list of the best junk shops of the city, I recommend you Marita Brukthandel on Markveien 67 that in addition to being a pleasant place to relax in search of the most exclusive object, has also a function of rehabilitation and gives a new chance to people who experienced not very happy times and have a great desire to feel engaged and to challenge themselves starting with this stimulating job.

ONCE AGAIN IT DEMONSTRATES THAT IF UNTIL SOME TIME AGO THE SYMBOL OF PROGRESS OF A CITY WAS MEASUERED BY OPENINGS OF NEW MC DONALD’S, STARBUCKS OR BURGER KING, OSLO IS ONE OF THE FIRST CITIES OF THE XXI CENTURY THAT GROWS ALSO THANKS TO PASSION AND ORIGINALITY OF MORE SUPPORTIVE COMMERCE.