Sifting through the streets of GoHo (Gostenhof) for vintage shops on an unusually warm winter day, my junk-finding, deal-seeking eagle eye spotted Vinty’s Secondhand clothing store.
I’d visited a few other secondhand clothing stores by this point during my stay in Nuremberg, none of which had compared to the quantity and quality of clothing U.S. consignment and thrift stores for me. As soon as I opened the door and heard American oldies through the speakers and spotted several rooms overflowing with apparel, I knew I’d be lost in the racks for quite some time.
The first room I encountered was almost entirely filled with both kids and adult costumes for Fasching. Among the pirates, cowboys and Indians, I pulled out a gypsy vest and matching long flowing skirt in my size. While I tried on various costume pieces, the vest and skirt were the big winner (my gypsy soul can’t get enough of outfits like this.)
My other score from Vinty’s was a pair of G-Star Raw jeans (which typically retail around 100-150€ at the downtown store) for 15,90€. I wanted a pair of G-Star Raws, and I gladly took the savings to spend towards food, entertainment, and the basically everything else that seems to be more expensive here than in the States.
In addition to costumes, and in-style men’s and women’s fashion, the store has both vintage and upcycled clothing racks.
A local tailor is responsible for the upcycled clothing and an in-store class for customers, which Vinty’s fondly labels “Pimp Up Your Clothes.” If the name wasn’t enough to sell you, it refers to the monthly course that utilizes donated textiles to teach class participants how to reuse materials to create a unique, usable piece that they keep at the end of the class. The cost is 45€ (35€ for students.) Check the website for upcoming classes.
I spoke with the manager, Irina Gossman, to learn more about this hot store, in the center of the up-and-coming trendy Goho neighborhood. She speaks excellent English (as did the other young women working in the store), was as friendly as anyone back home (not always the case with German retail staff), and was as adorable as the shop she runs.
Take your time when you visit the store. There’s a lot to see, and it didn’t appear that apparel was in size order. Order a cup of tea or coffee at the café inside. While I was shopping, a group of women in a knitting club were taking in their late afternoon coffee and cake between making beanies. On the opposite wall of the café, there's a wall of Fair Trade dry consumable goods for sale as well. “Homey” is the best word I can use to describe the feel of this thrift store.
Vinty’s is definitely worth a look-see for anyone who likes upcycled, vintage, and secondhand clothing. As I walked out the door carrying my Vinty’s bag, “Pretty Woman” was blaring through the store. No kidding, “Pretty Woman.” And while I’m not Julia Roberts and it’s far from Rodeo Drive, I felt the slightest resemblance to her as I proudly strolled down Further Straße with my Vinty’s bag in hand.
Vinty's Secondhand (in GoHo near downtown)
Fürther Str. 74, 90429 Nürnberg
Fon: (0911) 92 91 94 39
*Vinty’s donates both a portion of profits and clothing to Aktion Hoffnung, which supports less fortunate in 3rd world countires.