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Kaboom, A Thrift Store in Helsinki

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For the first time for a long time, I’m introducing a new second hand store to you. I was told about Kaboom by my friend, who has sold his stuff there and apparently has made good money each time. Hearing this, I had to go and check it out.

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Kaboom is located on Albertinkatu 46, only couple of hundred meters from the Kamppi shopping centre.

kaboom, helsinki, thrift store, fleamarket kaboom, helsinki, thrift store, fleamarketMy first impression was, that it’s not too big but there’s a nice mix of things for sale. Quite a bit of retro goodies as well. The prices range from very cheap to the upper edge of what I consider reasonable prices for second-hand goodies, but most of the stuff I saw was between 2-10 euros. Retro things obviously being more expensive.kaboom, helsinki, thrift store, fleamarketIf you are selling, there are some vitrines available for your pricier things. I ended up booking a table as they have a deal going on. 2 weeks for 70 euros. I usually get my butt kicked with self service second-hand stores, but I’m hoping this location is better for the stuff I usually sell. I haven’t checked my saldo yet, so fingers crossed 🙂

Anyhoo, Kaboom has a website HERE and a Facebook-page. The staff is very friendly and speaks English. Definitely worth a visit, if you are into thrifting and second-hand things.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Naturally I’ve bought a quite a few things from there already. They have a charity booth, where the proceeds go half to children’s charity and half to an animal shelter. I found this gorgeous, gorgeous skirt in it. It’s way too small for me, but I just had to have it for the print. I mean look at it:

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It’s just heavenly, don’t you think?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

I just got home from a lovely date and before going to bed (it’s 2am over here), I decided to do my weekly photo challenge.

As you know, I’m a big fan of vintage prints and fabrics. Even now, there’s a huge pile of fabrics from 1940’s to 1970’s behind my back, just waiting to be sorted, folded and eventually used in one craft project or another. Even my Sew Mama Sew- giveaway prize was a set of vintage fat quarters.

What is it that attracts me to vintage and retro prints? Of course, people tend to get more nostalgic as they age but for me it’s more than that. I love going into the state of mind of the person designing a print. There is always a reason behind of placing the elements. You cannot always verbalize it but you don’t put a petal here and another over there for fun. Even a slight change can make the print to tell a different story. “Reading” vintage prints, takes you into another place and another time and that my friend, is something they call “time travel”.

If you are interested, other interpretations of the theme “Pattern” can be found HERE. Tomorrow I will announce the winners of my various giveaways.


Talking Shop

Miss Piggy, Kermit, Muppets, Jim Henson, Staffordshire Potteries

Past few months there has been a real boom in collecting Staffordshire Potteries mugs here in Finland. I have few of them (bought before the trend!!!), including this Muppet-mug. I wish I had more of these as I could earn a pretty penny with them. This one I just posted on Facebook to sell for 10 euros including postage. Why so cheap, you may wonder…It’s because this stupid *ss chip on the edge:

Image Caused by yours truly, Thrifty Finn.

Edited to add: SOLD!

Recently Thrifted

Vintage shelf papers. Made in Finland.

 Soon to make their official appearance as backdrops in my TAST- series.

Recently Thrifted…

 Ella paperdoll. And this:

 That’s the gift I mentioned yesterday. That’s my defense and I’m sticking to it. One of my cousins is still “kinda” into Hannah Montana and I thought she might like this. Verdict will be in next week…