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.