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Best Online Shops for Secondhand Furniture

April 26, 2017

I’ve always been a hoarder and after moving to Barcelona and discovering this new passion for interior design I’ve also become a regular at the local flea markets and antique stores. Don’t these old pieces feel like they have so much character, so many stories to tell?! Anyways, a while ago I came across this article in AD España on the best Spanish online resources for shopping secondhand pieces, and thought it was worth sharing with my readers, because mixing old and new is always a good idea, don’t you think?

Eclectic room with antique furniture

Todocolección

An online marketplace where you can sell and buy all sorts of collector’s items – from toys, coins and kitchenware to comic books, jewelry and sports souvenirs. The choice of furniture and home decor is huge too. If you’re a true hoarder, this place is your ultimate Spanish online flea market.

Pikeando

As you can deduce from the name, this is about IKEA. This is a free marketplace to buy and sell secondhand IKEA products.The website is available in Spanish and English languages and also offers video tutorials on assembling furniture from IKEA.

Letgo. Wallapop. Vibbo

If you’re hunting down something specific and don’t want to pay too much for it, these three secondhand marketplace webs/apps is where you should look in the first place. Wallapop is the most famous of the three, but the others are worth a check too.

VacíaTuCasa

The name of this cool marketplace means “empty out your house”, and it is such a disappointment that its geography is limited to Madrid. Lots are distributed by houses in need of being emptied, and most prices are very attractive. Not to miss if you live in “la capital”.

Babia Bazar Vintage

A small store based in Navarra, specializing on mid-century vintage furniture from France, Italy, Germany, and etc. Tables, sofas and chairs are complemented with vintage accessories, wallpaper, and more.

Amapola

Another online store offering a great selection of pieces from 1950s, 60s and 70s. Vintage wallpaper, tiles, rugs, fabrics, kitchenware, ceramics, glassware, and furniture.

Ultima parada

Founded by photographers Bèla Adler and Salvador Fresneda, this shop offers mid-century vintage furniture and objects, along with their own industrial style designs from recycled noble wood made at their workshop in Corçà (Girona).

PS: If this post caught your interest because you need to furnish a place on a very tight budget, you may want to check out my post on where to shop cheap furniture in Spain.

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Mercantic: Best Vintage Market in Barcelona

November 10, 2016

Mercantic entrance

Here in Barcelona week-ends are normally reserved for the beach, but as it’s getting colder we’re more and more drawn to inland, if not indoor activities. My today’s post will take you to a place which is must-visit if you’re a sucker for vintage furniture and home decor – Mercantic Flea Vintage Market in Sant Cugat, a nice and somewhat posh suburb of Barcelona, just across the Collserola mountains (and park). It turns out that even many of my Catalan friends have never heard of it, including those who have a soft spot for antiquities.

Located on the premises of a former ceramics factory, Mercantic first opened in 1992 and brings together more than 200 vendors on a total space of 15,000 sq. meters.

A virtual tour around Mercantic

There are two entrances, but today I’ll take you on a virtual tour, and show you things and places along the route I prefer. So the first thing you see if you enter the “village” from Av. de Rius i Taulet, is this lovely set of about 30 small wood shops painted in different colours. Inside (and on a sunny day, outside as well) you will find a variety of second hand objects in different styles, along with new items from Catalan craftsmen, including some very cool woodwork.

Mercantic colourful wooden shops

Mercantic colourful wooden shops  Mercantic4

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Best Vintage Lamps in BCN: Déjà Vu Concept

July 14, 2016

Deja Vu Concept BCNToday I want to tell about a shop where you can find the most beautiful vintage lamps in Barcelona.

A few days ago I was walking up Carrer de Calàbria near Rocafort metro station and spotted an antique furniture shop. Frankly speaking, I’m not that big a sucker for vintage or antique stuff, but this shop had a sticker on the door informing visitors that this place has been featured on AD España magazine, local edition of the leading international interior design authority. So I thought I should check it out. However, as soon as I went in, I knew it wasn’t yet another regular antique shop. This place had a crazy number of the coolest vintage lamps ever in different styles! And then I met the lovely owner of the shop – Diana, and I just knew I had to make a post about this shop, which is called Déjà Vu Concept BCN, by the way.

First of all, a few words about Diana Vite, the owner of the place. This Peru-born lady is one of the nicest people I’ve met in Barcelona over the 1.5 years I’ve been living here.  Originally a labour relations professional, 14 years ago she first tried to restore and refinish and old arm-chair, and this venture would change her life drastically. She started buying and refinishing old furniture and home decor objects, such as vintage lamps, porcelain dishware, mirrors, paintings, suitcases, jewelry and other items. “It just has to be good quality and something I actually like enough to want to have it in my own house“, says Diana. Before setting up her own shop she used to sell at markets, such as the famous Mercantic, indoor antique market in Sant Cugat suburb of Barcelona, which I’m long overdue to visit.

And an online shop is coming soon, so in a couple of months not only us, the lucky residents of Barcelona, will be able to purchase the lovely pieces hand-picked and refinished by Diana and her associate Isabel.

Getting back to what stands out the most about Déjà Vu Concept BCN. The VINTAGE LAMPS! Oh my, I have never seen so many beautiful lamps in one place! They are all vintage, but before getting a new price tag, each and every one of them goes through a makeover in Diana’s workshop, which includes new electrical components (cord, socket, switches), and new shades. The result is simply stunning.

Here are some of the coolest vintage lamps you can currently find in Déjà Vu Concept BCN.

Manises lamp

 Manises lamp (Valencia) from 1950s, €360

Акутср lamp with black floral screen

Hand-painted lamp from 1970s, France, €230

Metalarte lamp

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