By Hend Hassassi | Dec 13 2011Beb El Fella ,El Hafisa ,Flea markets ,Ibn Khaldoun ,second hand stores
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.
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.