Second Hand

Thrifting Like a Local: Three Best Thrift Stores in Seoul

When people think of Seoul, one of the pictures that pop-up is one of its several shopping districts. While famous for keeping up with the latest trends in fashion, Seoul is also catching up with the world of resale. The fashion industry is massive in Korea, with big fast-fashion brands to small online malls. A tiny, small bit of that market is made up of antique and thrifting shops. I have gathered a handy list of some of the thrift shops that are worth checking out including some useful tips to get the most out of your shopping.

1. Vin Prime 

Vin Prime is largest thrift franchise in Seoul. As the largest thrift franchise with multiple outlets scattered across Seoul, this is the go-to thrift store for locals to snag rare finds for cheap. There are multiple stores found across Seoul, all of which are close to subway stations.

2. Million Archive

Million Archive is located in a converted old factory space, it actually specializes in the sale of second-hand clothing with a twist. Unlike regular second-hand shops, Million Archive takes it up another level by getting designed themes that change regularly. One of the past summer collections was Hawaiian tops, though “ugly” Christmas sweaters loaded the shelves when it came to the season of giving.

The Beautiful Store

The Beautiful Store is known for giving back to the community through its sale of donated items. It then uses some of the profits to fund local social services and small business in developing countries. Saving money, the world, and helping a good cause, who says you can’t do all of that? Beautiful Store has four locations in Seoul.While most of the clothes you’ll get here aren’t of big-name labels, they are of good quality and condition, suitable for those who are on a strict budget.


  1. Vin Prime:  802-40 Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
  2. Million Archive: 24-18 Achasan-ro 5(o)-gil, Seongsu 2(i)-ga 3(sam)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
  3. The beautiful Store: 21, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu
🇲🇦 Zineb El Fathi

Sharing my experience living in South Korea.