Best Thrift Shops in San Sebastian

No matter the economic climate, people are always on the lookout for a bargain. And when travelling, sometimes a thirft shop is just what you need to replenish those long soiled rags called clothes you´ve been carrying around for weeks. San Sebastian is one of the most affluent cities in the country, but that doesn´t mean second hand goods are a rarity; they´re simply a lot better quality!

Donostitruk

Donostitruk runs from 10:00 to 14:00 on sporaidc Saturdays every month. Based on the ground floor of a weird and empty warehouse building owned by the local fire station (seriously, sneek upstairs. It´s like a scene out of 28 Days Later …), Donostitruk provides all sorts of commodities.

With items of clothing starting at 1 euro, hidden amongst shoes, typewriters and epilators, it certainly is a tombola-like fayre. It’s a spacious location, so wonderers aren´t elbowing each other out the way. This place is definately top of the list for a weekend shopping bargain.

Emaús

Emaus

Emaus is run throughout Gipúzkoa and has stores in various locations. But after trial and error, the branch located in the industrial park is certainly the best. Spanning two floors, Emaus holds everything from beds, desks, chairs, materials, games, ski equipment, kitchen units, heaps of clothes, music and jewllery (albeit covered in a slight layer of dust). Emaus should be a pit-stop for anyone moving to San Sebastian and looking to deck out a new flat.

 

Although not within walking distance, it´s only a 30 minute ride on the bus to C/ Gurutzegi, 16. And did I mention the crazy low prices? Opening hours are 10:00 to 18:00 Mon – Sat . You can find more information on Emaús Ekocenter

Directions:
Dbus 25 to Belartza
Euskotren Stop: Errekalde

Mompas

Segunda Mano

Just around the corner from Donostitruck is Mompas, technically this establishment is more antiques than thrift – and everyone knows that age comes with a price tag.

Vinatge lamps, décored rugs, antiquated timepieces – this place is every old woman´s paradise. With prices that reflect the style of the times it´s still a great place to come if you don´t mind spending a little bit more on a perfect broach for that Great Gatsby themed party you´re throwing.

Address: C/ Pedro Egana

Koh Tao

Koh Tao is prodominately a bohemian coffee shop, but on some special weekends they decide to clear out their continually growing collection of random objects and hold a market day on the first floor.

From small furniture to clothes, it’s a great place to visit in the morning, flick through some items all whilst slurping on one of their sweet mochas.

Address: C/ Bengoetxea, 1

The Chinese Bazars

Lastly…this should not even make it on the list, but technicaslly it is a shop that sells cheap shizz. Take a stroll down any street and you´re bound to stumble acorss a Bazar Chino (Chinese Bazar). Although some residents strongly refuse to venture in, not due to any ill feeling towards the Chinese but because of the massive mafia problem that is spreading through Spain;  Not knowing which ones are run by these criminal organisations, who promote the sale of drugs and forced prostitution, residents choose not to shop at any of them.

But moving along….if you do decide to go to a bazar, don´t expect any form of sustainable quality. Even a plastic measuring jug will fail within a couple weeks (I am testemant to that). Emergency iPod cable, umbrellas, geisha costumes, tea towls, candles…you name it, they´ve imported it.

I hope you’ve found this thrifty shopping guide helpful. Post any comments or links below and let me know if you have any tips and tricks in your local city!

2 thoughts on “Best Thrift Shops in San Sebastian”

  1. Becky Padmore says:

    I love places like these, could definitely while away a few hours in them!
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    1. annalamma says:

      San Sebastián is such an expensive city (in terms of Spain, not the rest of Europe :P) and the residents here look it (eg. All the elder women wore fur coats during winter. REAL fur). So I’m glad that myself and other low wage earners have spots like these to hide away in. x

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