Second-Hand Shopping: 2 Swap Meets in Rijeka to Visit This Month

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Fans of second-hand shopping in Rijeka can look forward to two pop-up flea markets in February where clothes and accessories will be sold.

First up, Mama’s Closet: a vintage/SH market taking place at The Beertija, a popular bar in the Trsat neighbourhood. (Among other things, they have 250 brews on their beer list – just in case you need a reason other than a love of vintage clothing to make the hike to Trsat.)

Mama’s Closet will have second-hand fashion take over a full two floors of The Beertija, one floor each for women’s and men’s apparel. The event is known as a dancing swap meet, as the market gradually turns into a dance party as the evening draws near. Browse the racks in the afternoon and get your boogie on after dark – it’s Saturday after all!

Applications are still being accepted if you want to sign up as a vendor, and there’s even an option to share a stand with a friend. Email [email protected] or shoot them a DM on Facebook or Instagram if you’re interested.

The event is scheduled for February 12th, 2022 from 3pm to 8pm. More info available here (in Croatian).


A week later, another fabulous bar, another second-hand market, this time for a good cause. The Cukarikafe bar nestled in the Old town will host a charity swap meet named The closet of love (Ormar ljubavi).

The event is organised by the Croatian Medical Student International Committee – CroMSIC Rijeka. The funds raised will be donated to the Pediatric Clinic of the Clinical Hospital Centre Rijeka, namely the Department of hematology, oncology and clinical genetics.

Unlike other local second-hand markets, this pop-up market won’t feature private sellers, but is donation-based instead. As stated by CroMSIC:

‘We invite you to go through your closets these days and donate clothes you haven’t worn in a year, clothes that remind you of your ex, clothes you’ve outgrown, or simply clothes that don’t match your personal style anymore.’

Donations can be dropped off at the Faculty of Medicine in Rijeka in the week leading up to the event, or directly at Cukarikafe on February 17th in the afternoon.

Nothing of note to donate? Not a problem – you can simply visit the market at Cukarikafe and pick up a nice thing or two to support the brave little fighters in the pediatric ward.

The Closet of Love is taking place on Friday, February 18th at Cukarikafe from 12 pm to 6pm.


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