This bag is one of the first shopping adventures I regarded an investment. I was about 20 years old, and I saw this little Italian beauty sitting in the window of some exclusive lady-shop here in Stockholm. I was a student of course and didn’t have much money, but was working part time as a nanny. I said to myself that if this bag is still not sold by the time I’ve made enough money, destiny is telling me to buy it; regardless of the ridiculous price tag. Two or three months after, having sold some stuff from my house, and worked hard at my job, I finally had enough cash and walked into the shop to buy this beautiful red little thing. And I guess it was destiny, and maybe also the appreciation for it is high because I know how hard I worked for it, but either way it’s been my favorite bag ever since.
This silk tie is my favorite, because I think it’s pretty, and it’s YSL, and it was (almost) the cheapest thing I’ve ever bought in a second hand shop. I really love second hand stuff! You can find such treasures for almost no money at all! It’s from Myrorna Second Hand in Stockholm.
This scarf is from a random vintage shop in Stockholm I randomly walked by a few years ago. It’s my all-time favorite accessory because it’s just so pretty. Unfortunately it’s just been lying around at home in the pile with my other scarfs for ages, as up until now, when scarfs have become trendy, I’ve just not found any use for it. So this season I’ve been very happy since I’ve actually been able to use it!
On my way to Caffe Bene, the coffee shop I spend all my days writing at, I decided to check a vintage market out for a minute, which if just slightly off the original route. Realizing that most of the market was yet to be opened, I continued walking. All of a sudden I was at the end of the street, and at the start of a little adventure. I continued down the road in front of me, as I had some spare time on my hands, and little did I know I were to discover that the area I have been living in the past month is a vintage haven beyond measures! If that wasn’t enough, while walking down this unknown road, I look up and to my amazement see the Doota Tower, which is in Dongdaemun – the most famous and largest shopping area in Seoul. I had no idea it was so close to where I live that it only takes about 20 minutes to walk from my front door.
But as I’m not a cheap fashion hunter (the type of thing you find in Dongdaemun), but rather a second-hand bargain hunter, I stayed on the street. After just walking a block I realized that the “vintage market” I knew of before, and have been so hyped about living next to, is just a small part of the hugenormous secondhand neighborhood I live in. I found a second hand shop for just about everything – and I don’t think I will ever need to buy anything new again. Everything from previously owned furniture and home appliances, to clothes and shoes and quality handbags; all have their own separate shops here!
As I am trying to save my money and also not indulge in things I don’t really need, I didn’t buy anything apart from this little silk scarf that went amazingly well with the green color of a secondhand Issey Miyake coat my boyfriend gave me the other day.
I did find an amazing little clutch bag, which I’m thinking of going back for. I only got a quick look, as the owner tried to get 80 000 W for it and I just said “no way”, laughed and walked away. He did lower the price to 50 000 when I said I was a student, so I might get it down to 40 000 – but that’s still a lot of money – I mean, for something I don’t actually need. However, it was real leather and good quality, amazingly beautiful redish-brown color, and barely used at all. Hum, takes some thinking.
By the way, this area I’m talking about is around the Dongmyo subway station, like I said near Dongdaemun. Definitely worth a visit, if you are in Seoul and want some fun shopping experiences!