International thrifting? YES, please! Before even departing for London, I consulted Google for guidance. I came up with only a few results, but all signs pointed to…East End Thrift Store. Naturally, it made the top of the list. Friday morning I woke up bright and early ready to hit the ground running. After three failed metro attempts, I hopped in a cab towards the East End of London. I excitedly provided my cab driver the address, “Unit 1A, Assembly Passage, London E1” to which he replied, “Well, in 29 years of driving, I don’t think a tourist has ever asked to be taken to the East Side.”
Nobody was going to crush my unbridled enthusiasm for the day! Ten minutes later we pulled into the most welcoming, well-lit alley for the East End Thrift store (sarcasm needs a font).
The East End Thrift Store is NOT for the faint at heart. This store is only for the dedicated, non-wavering thrifter as there is minimal aesthetic appeal. Most clothing is purchased, by weight, from the United States. Make sure you thoroughly look at each item as I found many with unrepairable damages. Items are sold by bag, 20 Pounds for a large bag and 10 Pounds for a small bag, occasionally hosting 1 Pound bag sales. If you can find enough items to fill the bag, it’s worth it. I was unable to do so, leaving empty handed.
However, atayed tuned for a follow up post on a second London thrift store with much better reviews!