Reykjavík Shopping: Spúútnik second hand clothing in Laugavegur

Spúútnik in Laugavegur

The other day I went shop-hopping with my sisters. I would say I went shopping but I didn’t actually buy anything so the term just doesn’t seem fitting. The sisters were looking for outfits for a summer night on town and their zest for fashion brought us to Spúútnik in Laugavegur, Reykjavík’s number one hub for second hand and vintage clothing.

Inside Spúútnik – notice my mad photoshop skills in the mirror

Spúútnik has been around forever. If they had a website that had an About page I could maybe tell you just how long they’ve been around. They don’t – all they have is a Facebook Profile so if you want to know more you’ll have to visit them or befriend them on Facebook and then learn how to speak Icelandic. According to their Facebook profile Spúútnik is the oldest second hand clothing store in Reykjavík and I’m inclined to believe they are correct.

Yellow walls and lots of flower prints

Spúútnik is fairly typical as far as trendy second hand stores go except its maybe a little bit on the expensive side. However, if you earn your salary in some other currency than our useless króna it’s probably not that bad. They also have sales quite frequently and then every now and again they will have what they call a kilo market – where you can buy a kilogram of clothing for a somewhat low set price. So even though it’s on the pricey side it’s not impossibly expensive.

Like so often before, the many different colours caught my eyes

The store is located in a charming old wooden house in Laugavegur and like often with second hand stores the interior is colorful and interesting. They seem to make a point of playing hipster indie music and employ quirky krútt types that always look perfectly imperfectly put together.

These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do

Spúútnik doesn’t just have hipster cool clothing; they also have a great variety of boots and shoes and all kinds of accessories. I use shoes number 40 and in my experience they normally don’t have a lot of pairs in the bigger female numbers but those who are lucky and have smaller feet should be in for a treat. The shoes might actually be my favourite part about Spúútnik because they are relatively cheap and they have a bit of a soul.

The men’s department – plaid is the new black

Men who like second hand clothing can rejoice over the fact that Spúútnik is not gender biased. They have clothing for both boys and girls and seem to be equally popular with both. Everyone can look second hand fabulous!

One of the sisters in her outfit of choice – when did the bare midriff decide to make a comeback?

The shop-hopping was a great success. The sisters both found what they were looking for and skipped happily out of the store and into the sunset. Except it was the middle of the day and the sun was shining bright. Spúútnik is therefore, by default, recommended by the sisters. And me. Check them out.

On the way out I noticed this lopapeysa bar – I kind of like the one on the far left

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3 thoughts on “Reykjavík Shopping: Spúútnik second hand clothing in Laugavegur”

  1. Janet travis says:

    Do you think I could find a used traditional Icelandic wool sweater here?

    1. mm Auður says:

      Yeah – they usually have them.

  2. Juliet Penna says:

    Thank you so much for this!

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