Author: Angel Cutsforth
Modern Vintage Girl blogger Angel Cutsforth gives us the scoop on where to shop for some of the best vintage and secondhand pieces in Tel Aviv…
I’ve been in Israel for three and a half years now, for half of that time I’ve been buying a lot of my clothes second hand or vintage, while I certainly don’t know all of the shops in Tel-Aviv I know a few that really have some good stuff that I’ve shopped at with small and large budgets.
53 Bograshov Street
This shop is not really vintage, it’s a swishing store. All of the stock comes from the average person that just wants a little bit of money for their unwanted clothes. The owner looks over the items that she’s brought and decides what suits the style of her store. She tries to take items with a retro feel but I have to say that over the past few seasons with retro pieces being copied on the high street, Ophira’s choice of 70’s and 80’s inspired or actual vintage pieces really fit into the Israeli aesthetic.
Price Scale: 1NIS – 200NIS
The Cafe Mograbi and Vintage Store
33 Allenby St.
This shop while similar to Aderet has more actual vintage pieces since the owner sources some of his pieces abroad. There is another great aspect to this store. It has a cafe downstairs! Imagine going for a cofee and cake and then popping upstairs to get a vintage dress or something. Brilliant!
A word of warning, not everything in the shop is vintage, some things are just second hand. This shop to me is not a typical Israeli shop, but the cafe culture is huge in Israel and with the cafe downstairs I think this mixes two huge Israeli past times: shopping and coffee.
Price Scale: 1NIS – 250NIS
5 Simtat Almonit
This shop is possibly one of the most famous vintage shops in Tel-Aviv, having a mention in the Lonely Planet guide for Israel as a wide ranging vintage store. While all of the stock is sourced abroad it retains it’s Israeli feel with the varied styles it carries to create the typical Israeli vintage mismatched look. (I’ve written about this on my blog).
The decades covered by this specialist store are from the late 1800’s to the 1980’s. While normally more expensive than the other shops the owner bi-yearly has a 10-50NIS sale in order to clear stock. A great time to find some of those special items you might not have looked at.
Price Scale: 50NIS – 1000NIS
1 Levontin St., Gan Hahashmal
This shop is a mix between a vintage shop and a second hand store. The owner brings designer bags and jeans from abroad and mixes them with beautiful vintage dresses. With a great mix of mid century clothing and modern designer pieces. Again slightly more expensive than some other shops for the designer pieces the vintage is well worth is being regularly restocked and in great condition. To me this shop represents Israeli style, for those who have no problem with money: designer pieces mixed in with vintage and modern.
Price Scale: 100NIS – 2000NIS
For more vintage and second hand stores in Israel please take a look at my blog and this index run by Aliza Yatom: http://index2.info/