Guide To Second-Hand Stores in Central Gothenburg

I love thrifting, it’s the best way to buy clothes, both for the environment and for the wallet. But it can be a bit difficult to start; which stores are the best ones?, and where do you find them? This list will hopefully answer those questions and make it easier to start. I have compiled a list and reviewed the second hand stores in central Gothenburg. After reading this you will have no excuse not to start thrifting.        


Järntorgsgatan 10 

This is a great store for both newbies and more experienced thrifters and it’s big enough to fit all. It’s four floors, the first mostly have things, such as plates, glasses etc. The rest of them have clothes, and much of it. It’s all very well organized, more so than many retail stores. If you want jeans you go to the jeans corner, if you want blouses you go to the blouses corner. There is even a space for more, like designer brands. They are that well organized! On the top floor they have vintage clothes and it’s sorted by decade.  Although their shoes are spread out through the whole store, so if shoes is what you’re looking for, then you may have to do some hunting!

The store is big enough for a wheelchair or a stroller and they have an elevator to take you between floors.  

Myrorna Olskroken

Redbergsvägen 11A

This is the same brand as the store in the section above and they have the same manner of sorting and assortment, only in a smaller scale. This one is a floor and a half, there is a ramp and stairs in order to get to the top part where most of the clothes are, it’s also where the books are. There is probably a ramp or some way to get help to get inside the shop, there are two steps, but I’m too socially awkward to ask. Like the previous store the clothes is well sorted and easy to find.     

Alos I forgot to mention it above, if you are a student and registered to Mecenat or Studentkortet then you can get a discount. I think it’s 10% of the entire purchase, but you should probably double check.    

Djurens samarittjänst

Frigångsgatan 2 

This store is very small and there are a few steps to enter, it’s not very well suited for a wheelchair. The store is so small that the fitting room is just a curtain in a corner. It’s run entirely by volunteers and all the money they earn goes to rescued cats.

Despite the small size they have some great clothes, you can tell that the people that donates believes in the cause. All the clothes are clean and in good condition. Also they have great prices, I found a pair of Levis for 40 kr, that’s like 4 dollars, pounds, euros.

Ebbes Hörna 

Amerikagatan 4

There are multiple Ebbes Hörna in Gothenburg, none are any exciting. That said, they aren’t bad, they just aren’t anything special. In order to enter this one you have to pass one step, if you want to reach the ceramics or the books you have to get down more stairs and there is no elevator. 

They do have a lot of clothes and some shoes, so one could definitely find something of interest. This just isn’t my favorite. If it means anything, my mother thinks it is a nice and clean store.

Röda Korset, or Red Cross

Första Långgatan 28C

I had never actually been to this one before deciding to write this article, but it was really nice. I told myself not to shop when gathering research, this store made me break that rule. There is just one floor and I’m pretty sure that they had a ramp to the entry. It’s very spacious and they have a lot of clothes. It is well sorted, it’s easy to find both dresses and big sizes. According to my mother, the store doesn’t smell funky either. This is definitely a store I will return to. 

Saronkyrkans Second Hand 

Brunnsgatan 5

Look at the pants!

They have really odd opening hours, I mean it, it’s strange. But that is also like the only bad thing about the store. It isn’t on the ground floor, but there is an elevator that customers can use. Inside they have a mix of clothes, furniture, books and miscellaneous. The clothes are well organized, so well that they print the size on the price tag. There is also a café and a toilet in the store, so there is no reason to leave early.

Emmaus Björkå, or Björkåfrihet.

Linnégatan 9

The badger isn’t for sale

I loved this store, they have a lot of clothes that isn’t the best organized. But their shoe range more than make up for it, especially if you love shoes as much as I do. The floor planning is a bit weird. The first time I visited the store, I missed a big part of the it, it is therefore not that well photographed. Also the store is a few steps down, but you can get help to get in. I don’t know how good it would work with a wheelchair inside, it’s pretty narrow. They also have a store in a different part of the city that is much bigger, be sure to check it out.

Why I only buy clothes second-hand.

There are multiple reasons to never shop from a fast fashion company, the most commons reason is of course the environmental aspect. But that is not my reason not to shop there. Even if H&M went completely climate positive overnight, I still wouldn’t shop there.

It all started in 2016. I was in ninth grade and sadly forced to study economics. On the very first page of our textbook there was a story about a Swedish girl going shopping for a dress for her graduation, with her friends. It also told the story of the people behind making the dress. From the person who picked the material to the seamstresses, to the owners of the label. This was around the same time as H&M’s latest “our seamstresses isn’t paid a living wage”, scandal and yes, their latest. We spent the rest of the lesson discussing whose responsibility it is, the company’s or the buyers. I argued, that now when we all know, it’s on us to put pressure on the company, that we should stop buying their clothes until everyone in the process will get the pay that they deserve.

I’m a person who can’t go back on my word, so dad; I will never drink coffee and mum; you will not get any grandchildren from me, but also I will never ever shop from H&M again. So, my boycott started with them. Then it quickly spread, as we all know that the clothes from similar shops have the exact same problematic as H&M. It started to feel a bit hypocritical to shop from places like Forever 21 and Zara when I was on this self proclaimed protest against injustice. 

I do of course make exceptions, I don’t feel like wearing someone’s old underwear or training clothes and sustainable clothing is hella expensive. I, a poor student, can’t afford that. Besides that, the last time I bought a brand new piece was in February, a t-shirt in France, the time before that was last fall when I was in desperate need of new sweatshirts and hoodies due to going to the coldest school in Gothenburg.

I will probably write a piece on exactly how poorly seamstresses in treated, and the environmental impact of fast fashion. And I do understand that not everyone can just go thrift shopping. I just urge you all to think before you buy something, and next week I will hopefully make it a bit easier to go thrifting with my guide to thrift stores in central Gothenburg.