Thrift shopping as something looked down upon in the Middle East only for socio-economic reasons is now shifting towards a trend, or rather becoming a socially accepted act that people from different social backgrounds can freely do without shame! This has been triggered by the increasing calls for cutting down fast fashion consumption mainly for environmental reasons.
Young entrepreneurs across the Middle East have picked up on the increasing need to shift to thrift items, with clothes being the highest demand for those items. Therefore, we curated below a round-up of some of the best pre-loved fashion stores across many Arab countries like Egypt, Lebanon, UAE, and Saudi Arabia.
Velvet thrift shop
A newly opened thrift store in the beautiful Egyptian neighborhood of Zamalek. Velvet is home for Caireans leaving fast fashion stores behind and seeking clothing pieces that encourage self-expression. Their hand-picked winter finds are now available on their Instagram account.
Thrift in Cairo
Another pre-owned online clothing store has announced its winter collection ranging from sweater shirts, zip-up jackets, and distinct-patterned hoodies suiting the tastes of hip-hop and casual wear youths.
Haute & Spicy Boutique
This store based in the UAE acts as a sustainable boutique that has everything from thrifted clothes, vintage designer bags, beauty products, to sunglasses. It is the spot in Dubai for picky girls who are on the hunt for edgy fashion that speaks for itself.
New Haraj Market
This place is a treasure for second-hand fashion lovers. Haraj is home to thousands of clothing pieces suiting different tastes, and sizes, exhibiting items from international brands like Mango. The only drawback is that you could get lost for hours there.
The Retro Beirut
This Lebanon-based second-hand is delivering all over. Their cleverly picked winter collection features coats in different colors and patterns that are surely made to stand out.
Unlike the stores above which sell pre-owned clothing items, Garage is an alternative to buying expensive bougie brands. It sells preowned designer bags, boots, heels, and jewelry in excellent condition.
On its mission to revolutionize thrifting, Bazaara is not a store specific for a certain region in the Middle East, yet it is growing in the MENA region as a thrifting app that helps buyers find thrifted pre-loved clothes by connecting them to various suppliers.
The world is currently moving towards embracing sustainability, and fast fashion buyers are now shifting towards eco-conscious choices, finding the perfect thrift pre-loved clothes store is increasingly on demand. Therefore, thrift and vintage stores all over the Middle East have hurried to satisfy this need, handpicking each piece for those who seek affordable sustainable fashion while making a fashion statement.
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