Do I call this an Op Shop? Is that what people in Iceland call it? Not really, they tend to call them ‘second hand’ stores and are particularly fond of labelling everything with ‘vintage’ or ‘retro’ for those hipsters in town.
The Red Cross operates four thrift stores in the greater Reykjavík area, three of them downtown: at Laugavegur 116, Laugavegur 12 and Skólavörðustígur 12. The fourth one is in Hafnarfjörður, at Strandgata 24. This one 12 Laugavegurin but I only went to one but not sure which one it was. The store itself has a stunning collection of secondhand clothing that is beautifully presented and displayed. There is another Red Cross store in Reykjavík and the details are below.
I’d allow yourself at least a half hour to go through the racks and chat to the people as there is alot to see here.
Prices are reasonable compared to other stores selling similar items and feel free to haggle – a little, if you are polite and engaged with the staff. However, this is for the Red Cross so don’t treat this like a flea market in Bali.
Remember that by shopping at stores like these you strengthen the opportunities that the Red Cross can offer in humanitarian projects around the World.
OPENING HOURS: 10 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday. 12 noon – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.
LOCATION: 12 and 116 Laugavegur, Reykjavik – Iceland
PHONE: +354 554-6626
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access out the front with one small step into the store. Wheelchair friendly.
ATM: There are a number of ATM’s nearby.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.
DOGS: Just tie them up outside in the shade and please clean up any mess they make. Be mindful of them in the warmer or colder weather.
TOILET FACILITIES: There are toilets nearby at many of the restaurants and in the main square.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook here
WEBSITE: No website that I can find but the Facebook site is accurate.
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