Shop Smart in Tunisian Flea Markets

By Hend Hassassi | Dec 13 2011 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

Tags: Beb El Fella ,El Hafisa ,Flea markets ,Ibn Khaldoun ,second hand stores

Menzah 8 flea market

For foreigners and Tunisians alike who are looking for cheaper and more unique clothes than those found in regular clothes stores, second hand markets can be a great alternative. Thrifting is also smart  – as one can find high end luxury brands for a pittance relative to the product’s retail value. Not to mention, thrifting is also an environmentally-conscious way to recycle used clothes.

Almost every city in Tunisia has a number of flea markets. Tunis in particular has many second hand markets, open seven days a week. Piles of clothes are typically laid out on a board. There is much to sort through, however with a bit of patience, shoppers are bound to find something to suit their taste. A new stock usually arrives on Tuesdays and Saturdays. On these days, the markets are likely to be packed with people. Prices range from 500 millimes to 30 Tunisian dinars.

Piles of clothes at an open-air flea market

Second hand stores are typically more expensive, with prices ranging from 5 to 80 Tunisian dinars. However, prices are usually open to negotiation. Unlike regular thrift markets, second hand stores have fitting rooms and mirrors available to shoppers. Ibn Khaldoun, Ariana, Menzah 8, El Hafisa, and Beb El Fella are some of the most popular flea markets in Tunis. El Hafisa in particular, which is located in the old Medina downtown, attracts people from all backgrounds, offering reasonably priced clothes.  

Most of the second hand clothes imported to Tunisia are from United States and Europe. In clothes piles you can usually land on street brands like Zara, Mango, H&M, and Hollister. With some luck, one can land on higher end brands like Guess, Pepe Jeans, and Mulberry.

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    Ive used the frip many times in Bab Souika, buying bags, jeans and anything that takes my fancy, my best buy, an Italian leather bag for 10TD. Frip shopping has to be one of my favourite [ast times, i dont do regular shops anymore other than to look at what i fancy buying, then i go to the frip. I have bought an outfit for 20TD..brand names too, bargain, plus the sellers need the support