Insider’s guide to second-hand treasures in Aarhus
“I grew up with second-hand shopping,” says Gomard, opera singer and recycling aficionado. “I can still remember when my mother and I found a pink sweatshirt with a Mickey Mouse print in a thrift store in Odense in the 1980s. It was great to be able to get one for so little money, and that’s when I realized there were treasures to be found among second-hand goods.”
Since then, diva dresses, furs, shoes, jackets, bags, and other items from second-hand stores have all found their way into her closet.
“There are lots of positive things about second-hand shopping,” Gomard says. “I like the feeling of finding a real bargain, but I also really like the fact that the money goes to a good cause. You can shop with a clear conscience.”
In Gomard’s eyes, a good thrift store is one that meets the following criteria: The store has to be pleasant, it has to have a wide range, there must be bargains to be found, and the prices must be low.
“The most important thing is probably the feeling of finding a bargain,” she says. “I’m not so crazy about those stores where other people have found the treasures for me and set the price accordingly. I want to find it for myself, and of course finding a bargain also means getting it for the right price.”
Where Stine finds her second-hand bargains in Aarhus:
They have a rapid turnover here. The store is clearly laid out, but they always have lots of clothes and other items. It’s roughly one-third clothes and one-third furniture and objects, while the remaining third is quirky items and fun clothes upstairs. Their pricing is good so it’s not too expensive, the ladies are sweet, and the money goes to a good cause, namely cancer charity Kræftens Bekæmpelse.
The Salvation Army
Great because the clothes are cheap – even if you come from Haderslev and are used to provincial prices. Here a blouse or dress will cost you Dkr30–45, and there really are a lot of clothes, so you’re bound to find a bargain.
A branch of Kirkens Korshær, where they sort the clothes, making this pure retro from the 1950s to the 1970s. So if that’s what you’re into, this is the place to go. Although the store has more of a curated selection, it still offers great prices. One of the things I picked up here was my green dress for Dkr120.
The Blue Cross at Storcenter Nord
One of the slightly newer second-hand shops in Aarhus. It’s big, it’s a nice store, the items are well sorted, and there’s plenty of room. There’s a large clothing section, as well as lots of furniture and other items. They’re really well priced and the profit goes to help families of alcoholics.
Paludan Müllers Vej 38-40
D’In Genbrug, Tilst
This is just outside Aarhus, but is well worth a visit. They have low prices and a huge selection. You can really do some power-shopping here for clothes and objects, and they also have a great children’s section with clothes and toys.
Anelystparken 21, Tilst
Text: Lise Hannibal
Find Stine Elbæk Gomard’s second-hand treasures in Aarhus with this interactive map
Published: July 26, 2016