Who would have thought Phnom Penh is a place for good vintage finds? After spending two Saturdays digging up piles and racks of clothes, see what I’ve got:
ToTo Recycle Shop Japan (Japanese Thrift Shop)
Street 47 (Rue de France), House #21B, Phnom Penh
The cheapest thrift shop in Phnom Penh! There are even bags, shoes, scarves, stuff toys, suits, jeans, glasses and all things you can imagine! However, be sure to bring in alcohol as their items are really dusty.
168 Street 13, Phnom Penh
T: (092) 738678
This shop is just across the well-known Friends Restaurant, a training restaurant for the former street youth. The shop is air-conditioned with fitting rooms (maybe why clothes are more expensive than normal thrift shops). Aside from clothes, they have bags, shoes, hats and accessories too. They even have free alterations!
Lost ‘n’ Found Vintage
321 Street 63
T: (023) 640 5047
The nearest shop from our street (St 322 St 57 BKK1). The shop has fitting rooms though it’s not air-conditioned. Products are normally from HongKong, Taiwan and Europe. Aside from clothes, you can also find shoes, hats, bags, belts and accessories here.
Thrift items are from the line of Blue Velvet Vintage Clothing. Same with other boutique shops, they have fitting rooms and other items like accessories, shoes, bags, belts and hats. More so, they also have new items (yes, not second-hand!) as the shop also hosts products from Phnom Eco friendly clothing for children and Wild at Heart Women’s Collection.
Sothearos Street 294, Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh
T: 012 812 476
Really not a thrift store (hence the price for the skirt) but their furniture and shop setup really make up for that vintage feel! Owners Doug and Marianne are friendly too!
Apart from the above shops, travel blogs mention that you can also find cheap second-hand clothes in Russian Market (Tuol Tom Pong Market) and in Boeung Keng Kang Market. However, you will really need to have a lot of patience in digging in through piles and piles of clothes, not to mention that the place is crowded and hot.
So the next time you ‘re planning to go to Phnom Penh, be sure you’ll not miss out on these cool finds!
That’s it for now. <3 lots, Irene